Pioneer Bank counterfeit cashier's checks
The above-named bank has reported that several versions of counterfeit cashier’s checks using a correct routing number of 312270463 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a scam involving online mystery shopping employment. The counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic checks; the counterfeit checks, however, may be identified by the following traits:
- The checks contain the following security statement in the top border: “WARNING: THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES IN THE PAPER.”
- The words “CASHIER’S CHECK” are printed in the top-center portion of the check.
- The city and state printed under the bank’s logo appear as “ROSEWELL NM.”
- The following statement is located beneath the authorized signature lines: “TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $50,000.00.”
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts and do not contain remitter names. Potential victims are initially contacted by e-mail about an opportunity for mystery shopping employment through At Your Service Marketing. Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks explains that the recipient is to deposit the check into his or her personal bank account and wait 24 hours to perform the assignment. The recipient of this package is to confirm receipt by sending a text message to (216) 839-0634. The letter further explains that the recipient is to retain $300 as a commission payment and to spend the remainder on the purchase of a specific brand of prepaid cards. Once the prepaid cards are purchased, the recipient is to take a photograph of both the front and back of each card and e-mail those pictures along with additional evaluation information to [firstname.lastname@example.org].