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SA-61-2010
May 24, 2010


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Rainier Pacific Bank, Tacoma, Washington, are reportedly in circulation.

Umpqua Bank (formerly, Rainier Pacific Bank), Tacoma, Washington, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 325182946, which is assigned to Umpqua Bank. The items contain Rainier Pacific Bank's logo and mailing address in the top-left corner.

Authentic official checks display Umpqua Bank's name and logo in the top-left corner and the bank's mailing address, telephone number and Web address in the top-right corner. A security feature statement that is embedded in a darkened top border.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Tom Southern
Fraud Specialist
Umpqua Bank
1498 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, Washington 98402
Telephone: (253) 926-4500
Cellular: (206) 713-2202
Fax: (866) 560-0557
E-mail: tsouthern@rainierpac.com

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-3054, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2010/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

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NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




Last Updated 5/24/2010 communications@fdic.gov