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ALERT: Counterfeit Official Checks in Circulation

Jewett City Savings Bank has discovered that counterfeit official checks bearing the bank’s name and routing number are currently circulating across the United States.  These checks have been mailed to individuals and appear to be associated with a “mystery shopper,” “work at home,” “sweepstakes advance,” or similar scam.

These checks are not authentic Jewett City Savings Bank official checks.  Therefore, these checks have NO value and will NOT be honored by Jewett City Savings Bank.  Please be aware that if you deposit or cash a counterfeit check at any bank, you will be responsible for repaying the funds and any penalties even though the funds from the counterfeit check have been made available to you.  This is due to the fact that some checks take more than a week to “clear;” however, counterfeit checks never “clear.”  They will eventually be dishonored (“bounce”).

You can learn more about mystery shopper and other scams, and how to report a scam, by visiting the Federal Trade Commission website.

If you have any questions about the authenticity of a Jewett City Savings Bank check, please contact us at (860) 376-4444.