San Antonio’s Broadway Bank has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks issued in the bank’s name have been presented nationwide.
The fraudulent checks have been issued in connection with various Internet scams, including jobs for mystery shoppers, according to a news release from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency . Checks presented so far have been made payable in amounts ranging from $2,950 to $655,000.
The counterfeit cashier’s checks resemble the bank’s authentic checks and use a correct routing number, according to the release.
The counterfeits can be identified, however, by the following: They are blue, with a basket-weave pattern; they don’t show the bank’s telephone number, 210-283-6500; and the preparer signature line along the left border is missing. In addition, the bogus checks bear this statement: “FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER.”
To verify the authenticity of a Broadway cashier’s check, contact Debi Rice , a bank vice president, at 210-283-5602, or by email at email@example.com. Consumers who receive a fraudulent check also are advised to contact the Federal Trade Commission , the FBI, the U.S. Postal Service (for checks received by mail), and the Better Business Bureau .
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