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SA-113-2006
April 21, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Washington Business Bank, Olympia, Washington, has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

Washington Business Bank, Olympia, Washington, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 125108670, which is assigned to Washington Business Bank, but are dissimilar in appearance to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's logo, address and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the top-left corner. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed in the top center below a fabricated "FDIC Insured" logo. The counterfeit items include two "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" lines in the lower- right corner and the following statement in the top border: "THE DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name, address and telephone number in the top-left corner. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed in the top-right corner to the right of an FDIC symbol. The checks also display one authorized signature line in the lower-right corner, a "Remitter" line in the lower-left corner, and large watermark of the bank's logo in the center. Authentic checks are printed on white paper with blue print.

A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Patricia Steingruber or Martin Hersrud
Washington Business Bank
2607 Martin Way East, Suite 211
Olympia, Washington 98506
Phone: (360) 754-1945
Fax: (360) 456-0252
E-mail: Customercare@WashingtonBusinessBank.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-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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/2006/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
Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks – commercial and savings). Printed copies of the 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 04/21/2006 communications@fdic.gov