OH bank reports counterfeit checks used in auction, employment scams

Counterfeit cashier’s checks using the Consumers National Bank’s (Minerva, Ohio) routing number of 041201143 – and maybe showing a remitter name of “Jim Kirk” – are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a variety of online auction overpayment and job opportunity scams, the institution’s federal regulator reported in an alert Friday.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), in its Alert 2019-8, said the counterfeit checks, which have been made payable in varying amounts, may be identified by the following traits:

  • The checks are blue and contain an outdated bank logo of CNB in the upper left corner of the check.
  • The following security statement is located within the top border: “FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE BORDER OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS MICROPRINTING.”
  • The ABA number appears 56-114/412.
  • The following statement is located above the single Authorized Signature line: “Drawer: Consumers National Bank. THIS CHECK VOID IF NOT CASHED WITHIN 6 MONTHS.”

The alert says that for additional information and to verify the authenticity of cashier’s checks drawn on Consumers National Bank, contact Risk & Compliance Officer Christina Montgomery by mail at 614 E. Lincoln Way, Minerva, OH 44657; by telephone at (330) 868-9057; by fax at (330) 868-3460; or by email at cmontgomery@consumersbank.com.

Alert 2019-8