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Financial Institution Letter

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Operations personnel)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit checks drawn on Horizon Bank, Bellingham, Washington,
are in circulation.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Horizon Bank, Bellingham, Washington , are currently in circulation. The items bear the routing number 325170631. Attached for your information is a copy of one of the counterfeit instruments. Banks should encourage their customers to verify the validity of cashier's checks before releasing any merchandise or before sending a part of the proceeds of the checks to any third party.

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

Mr. A.R. "Gus" Ayala
Senior Vice President
Horizon Bank
1500 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Telephone: (360) 733-3050
(360) 733-7019

Information about these instruments also may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-4040, Washington, DC 20429, or transmitted electronically to .

For your reference, FDIC Financial Institution Letters may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at . To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Financial Institution Letters through e-mail, please visit .

Michael J. Zamorski

Attachment (not available electronically)

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (800-276-6003 or (703) 562-2200).

Last Updated: November 20, 2002