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Bremer Bank, NA – Counterfeit official checks

Bremer Bank, NA

Saint Paul, MN

Contact: 
Loss Prevention Services Manager Kristin Hines
Bremer Bank, NA
8555 Eagle Point Blvd., PO Box 1000
Lake Elmo, MN 55042 United States of America
Voice (800) 299-9990, Option 2

The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit official bank checks using the bank’s routing number of 092005411 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a variety of online auction and job opportunity scams.

There are at least four variations of counterfeit checks in circulation. While the counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic items, they may be identified by the following traits:

Variation #1

  • The checks are blue with white marbling and contain a darker blue top border with the following security statement: “TO VERIFY AUTHENTICITY, SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR DESCRIPTION OF THE 11 SECURITY FEATURES.”
  • The bank’s address appears as “109 S Mantoville Ave, Kasson, MN 55944.”
  • The entire left side of the check is missing information, as the first letter of each word on each line has been cut off.
  • A heat shield security feature may appear in the bottom center portion of the check.

Variation #2

  • The checks are tan with white marbling and contain a darker brown top border with the following security statement: “THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK.”
  • The bank’s address appears as “109 S Mantoville Ave, Kasson, MN 55944.”

Variation #3

  • The checks are of unknown color and contain a dark outlined border with a crown style icon in each corner. The top border includes a blurred security statement.
  • The bank’s address appears as “109 S Mantoville Ave, Kasson, MN 55944.”
  • A heat shield security feature is located in the bottom center portion of the check.
  • A padlock icon and security statement appear along the right border and on the reverse side of the check.

Variation #4

  • The checks are white and contain a green top border with the following security statement: “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS INVISIBLE UV SECURITY AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK.”
  • The bank’s address appears as “109 S Mantoville Ave, Kasson, MN 55944.”
  • Green round icons appear inside both the right and left borders in the lower portion of the check and contain the following security statement: “ICON APPEARS WITH UV LIGHT.”

Checks presented to date have been made payable in amounts between $1,880 and $7,250 and contain check serial numbers beginning in the 241100 series.

Victims receiving checks in regard to the job opportunity scam have received one of the following letters:

Fictitious Correspondence Variation #1
Correspondence is in regard to a purported shopper assessment job opportunity. Recipients are instructed to either cash or deposit the check, retain $300 as compensation, and use the remaining balance to purchase specified gift cards under the guise of secretly surveying the stores where the gift card purchases are transacted. Upon completion of the purchases, recipients are instructed to send pictures of the gift card serial numbers to the perpetrator of this scam. The letter is signed by Greg Sturge, Survey/Evaluator Consultant, with an email address of [sturgeg@basicshop.net]. A telephone number of (608) 535-4020 is provided for recipients to submit text messages.

Fictitious Correspondence Variation #2
Correspondence mirrors the first example, but the contact information differs. This letter is signed by Gary Cooper, Survey/Evaluator Consultant, with an email address of [garycooper@valuationroute.com]. A telephone number of (213) 443-8126 is provided for recipients to submit text messages.

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