Thursday, December 18, 2008



The letter and the check seen here (click images to enlarge) were received at my business PO Box in Sarasota Fl on 12/18/08 from Toronto Canada.

Regions Bank check scam, the check is counterfeit, but with a good account number, and with cash in the bank, lots of cash.

The company listed, CB Richard Ellis Corp. is Regions Bank's Maint. Co., this is/was an internal scam directed at Regions Bank.

I could have collected the $3,535.00 today from Regions Bank, the check is good, and if I had done as requested by "Santa's Little Sweepstakes", next step would be to send them $1,800 via Western Union so that I could collect my "big check" for $69,400.

Instead, I went to the Regions Bank on Cattlemen Rd in Sarasota Fl on Thursday, 12/18/08 at 2:00 pm and told them I knew of the check fraud scam and I had a counterfeit check drawn on "their Regions business account" and that there were no stops on it, so you better get yourself in gear and shut this scam down right now because I am sure you are going to be flooded with counterfeit checks in the next few hours, it appears they did and they were.

Sweet deal for "Santa's Little Sweepstakes" and Nicolas Stern the listed Claims Director, they collect $1,800.00 from each person who follows their directions, the "patsy" keeps $1,7550.00 and Regions Bank would have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars that is not going to be collectible.

Checks were sent out by "Santa's Little Sweepstakes" on 12/15/2008, I got mine in Sarasota Fl on 12/18/08 for $3,535.00, I have heard of one check received near Cleveland, Ohio for $3,5350.00 and another one in Fort Lauderdale Fl for the same amount of $3,535.00 and a $3,535.00 check was received in the mail today, 12/19/08, in San Bernardino California, all with different check numbers (this is the key).

Also on Friday 12/19 a woman in Iowa received the 'SANTA'S LITTLE SWEEPSTAKES' letter and another $3,535.00 check, she filed a Rip-off Report inquiry, see here, and is hoping the check is good; My husband has been unemployed several months, bills are stacking up. I'm disabled and what I couldn't do with this kind of money. The processing agency will report my winning to such federal and state and local authorities for tax purposes which is required by law. All sounds ligit to me. It's not.

A person would only have to walk into the Regons Bank, present the check, show ID, the teller checks the account on the computer, funds available, you get the cash. Regions Bank would not have caught onto the scam until the following days when all the checks roll in from around the USA in the same amount, $3,535.00.

You would think that Regions Bank would at least give me a "thank you" for saving them possibly hundreds of thousands of dollar, so far not a word from the Regions Big Wigs ? There appears to be a cross post today on the Nationwide Regions Bank scam at Sarasota Red County, see here , but this poster, Article courtesy of Mark R. Taylor, appears to take credit for the work done on the counterfeit check scam case, this is not true as you can see, "Article courtesy of Mark R. Taylor is a lie". Mark R. Taylor had nothing to do with the Regions Bank Check Scam.

The check and letter came in an envelope post marked from Toronto CA, the exact address is; C.P. 3020 Station D

Etobicoke ON, (near Toronto Intl Airport, see map click here) M9C 4V5

This address in Etobicoke ON is also right next to Mississuga ON, where the "Toronto 18 Terrorist" arrests were conducted.

The phone used to contact "Santa's Little Sweepstakes" 1-438-275-9373 is, of course, an untraceable cell phone (a drop);
(438) 275-9373 is a CELLULAR number
Phone Company: BELL MOBILITY
Location: MONTREAL, CN

The e-mail address used for contact by "Santa's Little Workshop"is;
Company: Yahoo!
IP Address:
Location: Sunnyvale, CA (near San Jose, see map click here)

The people that I contacted at Regions Bank in Sarasota today are not happy, the account number and routing number are not shown as this is an active account with funds available.
Special Alerts ....SA-4-2007 January 4, 2007
TO:CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks bearing the name Regions Bank, Montgomery, Alabama, are reportedly in circulation.

Counterfeit items display the routing number 062101934, which is assigned to American Banking Company, and are dissimilar to the authentic checks.

Counterfeit items display "REGIONS BANK" in the top-center portion above the words "FOR VERIFICATION CALL 334-413- 0756." "CERTIFIED CASHIERS CHECK" is printed in the upper-left corner above the address "P.O. BOX 48309, MONTGOMERY, AL 36117."

Authentic checks display the routing number 102000979, and are issued by Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado, and payable through J.P. Morgan Chase N.A., Denver, Colorado. "Ameris" is printed in the top-left corner and "OFFICIAL CHECK" appears in the top- center portion.

Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents, and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to

Bill Warner
Private Investigator
WBI Inc Private Detective Agency