American Bank & Trust counterfeit cashier's checks
American Bank and Trust Company, NA
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks using the bank’s vendor routing number of 071108834 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various online employment opportunity scams involving mystery shopping and automobile advertising wraps.
The counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic items but may be identified by the following traits:
- The checks are blue in color, and some are known to contain a marbled background and a dark top border with the following security statement: “TO VERIFY AUTHENTICITY, SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR DESCRIPTION OF THE 11 SECURITY FEATURES.”
Checks presented to date have been made payable in amounts ranging from $995 to $3,450 with various remitter names.
Potential victims of the mystery shopping scam have received correspondence accompanying the check, which contains the name of a nationally known retail store within the letterhead. The correspondence instructs the potential victims to confirm receipt of the packet by sending either an email to [firstname.lastname@example.org] or a text message to (469) 575-5396. The recipient is further instructed to either cash or deposit the funds at his or her financial institution. The letter informs the recipient to retain $450 for commission and fees. The remaining amount is to be used to conduct two wire transfers to the perpetrators at a well-known retail store for the purported purpose of the victim surveying the services of the money transfer center located within the retail store. The following statement is contained within the letter: “You must not disclose for any reason that you are a mystery shopper or let anyone know you are evaluating the store during this process as this would defeat your purpose.” The correspondence contains a point-of-contact name of Coleman Jacobs of GFK Research.
Potential victims of the car wrap scam have received correspondence accompanying the check, which contains the name of a nationally known brewing company within the letterhead. The potential victims are told to deposit the check into his or her bank account. The letter instructs the recipient to retain $400 for his or her service providing automobile wrap advertising for the company. The victim is instructed to visit a well-known money transmitter to conduct two wire transfers to the perpetrators for the purported purpose of paying decal specialists who will be in contact with details on performing the automobile wrap. Contact information contained within this correspondence includes the name of Thomas Karter, an email address of [email@example.com], and a text-only telephone number of (561) 231-8311.