Counterfeit Cashier's Checks SCAM ALERT - BEWARE!
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks of CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A., Winterhaven, FL
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks in the name of CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A., using a routing number of 063114030, are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various Internet-based employment and overpayment scams.
Four variations of counterfeit checks currently in circulation resemble the bank's authentic checks. The counterfeit checks may be identified, however, by the following traits:
- The background of the checks has an interlocking circle pattern and contains, from left to right, a fading coloration of blue, pink, blue.
- The top border is dark blue and red and contains the following security statement: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BORDER AND WATERMARK ON THE BACK. HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW."
- The word "BANK" is missing from the bank's logo in the upper left corner.
- The numerical dollar amount is encoded into a darkened box within the check.
- The checks contain a blue and white marbled pattern background.
- The top border is dark blue and contains the following security statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."
- The checks contain a blue and white linen patterned background.
- The top border is blue and contains the following security statement: "WARNING: THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES IN THE PAPER."
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts from $1,900 to $2,830, have contained a remitter name of Helen Judith, reference "Branch: 52" in the bottom left portion of the check, and contain an authorized signature of "Jankie Tikaprasad."
Potential victims of this mystery shopping scam are contacted via e-mail by an individual using the following identity: Mark T. Sancho of Customer Survey Inc., Human Resources Department, 2300 Nevada Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55427, [mark 'at' secretshoppercenter 'dot' net]. Once the assignment is accepted, the potential victim receives a letter in the mail along with payment in the form of a counterfeit check.
Letters accompanying the checks instruct the potential victim to immediately deposit the check into his or her bank account and to retain $300 as a commission. The potential victim is then to use $15 to make a purchase at a well-known chain store and to use the balance to purchase Reloadit pack prepaid cards at any store. Once purchased, the PIN numbers are to be sent by e-mail along with an evaluation form to Mark Sancho. Photographs of the PIN numbers may be sent to him by texting (763) 691-7315.
Please be aware of these scams and contact your local branches to have them verify the authenticity of these type of checks.
Text SCAM ALERT - BEWARE!
Important!!! If you receive a text message stating that your card has been stolen and that you need to call the 1-800 number provided. This is a scam. Please do not call this number nor give out any account information over the phone. If you have received this message, called the number and given your information to the scammers, contact your local branch immediately as your card will need to be hot carded and a new card issued to you.
So again, please beware of these scams and do not fall victim. If you have any questions feel free to contact your local branch.
Telephone SCAM ALERT - BEWARE!
Important!!! If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from "Microsoft" or other computer support company, BEWARE!!! There is once again a scam going around were someone calls you claiming you have a virus on your computer and directs you to a website so they can fix this for you. Hang up on them... This is a scam and attempt to access your computer remotely and often times install malicious software on your computer. This software can allow them to do any or all of the following.
- Access all information or documents on your computer
- Monitor your activity on the computer such as your purchases, your email, your web browsing
- They can track all characters you type on your keyboard and log all your username, passwords, credit/debit card information or anything else you type
- They can control your computer without your knowledge, accessing your email contact lists and sending viruses to all your contact
- They can even lock you out of your computer and worse, damage or erase all your data
So again, please beware of these scams and do not fall victim.
VISA Check Card/Debit Card SCAM ALERT!
Important!!! If you get an automated call stating that your Visa Check Card has been locked and that you need to press one and key in your card number...DO NOT RESPOND. This is NOT a legitimate call. This is a phishing scam that we have been informed about. At no time will we ever ask you to provide by email or automated phone call any personal information such as account information, social security numbers, card numbers, etc...