Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Bank Alerts

Below you will find alerts published by the Division of Banks.

(12/22/10) Cashmere Valley Bank, Cashmere, Washington
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Cashmere Valley Bank, Cashmere, Washington, are reportedly in circulation. Read more...
(10/01/09) Peoples Bank, Lynden, Washington
Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Peoples Bank, Lynden, Washington, are reportedly in circulation. Read more...
(08/22/08)  Counterfeit Cashier's Checks - Washington Trust Bank, Spokane
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Washington Trust Bank, Spokane, Washington, are reportedly in circulation. Read more...
(01/09/08)  Counterfeit Cashier's Checks - Bank of Astoria, Astoria, Oregon
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Bank of Astoria, Astoria, Oregon, are reportedly in circulation. Read more...
(06/20/07) Counterfeit Cashier's Checks - Timberland Bank, Hoquiam
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Timberland Bank, Hoquiam, Washington, are reportedly in circulation. Read more...
(06/18/07) Counterfeit Cashier's Checks - First Mutual Savings Bank, Bellevue
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name First Mutual Savings Bank, Bellevue, Washington, are reportedly in circulation. Read more...
(04/02/07) Counterfeit Checks - Frontier Bank, Everett
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Frontier Bank, Everett, Washington, are reportedly in circulation. Read more...
(03/27/07) Counterfeit Checks - Westside Community Bank, University Place
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Westside Community Bank, University Place, Washington, are reportedly in circulation. Read more...
(03/16/07) Counterfeit Checks - Skagit State Bank, Burlington
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Skagit State Bank, Burlington, Washington, are reportedly in circulation. Read more...
(03/02/07) Counterfeit Checks - Pierce Commercial Bank, Tacoma
Counterfeit checks bearing the name Pierce Commercial Bank, Tacoma, Washington, are reportedly in circulation. Read more...
(02/22/07) Fraudulent E-Mails Claiming to Be From the FDIC
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has become aware of e-mails that appear to be sent from the FDIC or VeriSign, Inc. and ask recipients to run a "security guard script" to secure Web sites. Currently, the e-mails are purportedly from "FDIC Legal Information Technology," "FDIC Information Security," or "Verisign Inc." and the subject lines include the phrase "Regular Security Maintenance" or "Regular Hosting Security Maintenance." The e- mails are fraudulent and were not sent by the FDIC or VeriSign, Inc. Read more...
(02/20/07) Counterfeit Cashier's Checks and Scam - Westside Community Bank, University Place
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks for $1,985.00 have begun to circulate throughout the United States. The checks are accompanied by a letter that says to call 1-902-412-0474 (Canada) for information regarding the unclaimed prize money of $43,000,00. After depositing the counterfeit check, part of the "winnings" are to be returned as taxes and processing fees.

The counterfeit checks are a copy of an old Cashier's Check with the correct micro encoding (microprinting in the border) used by Westside Community Bank located in University Place, Washington.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:
Brian Rennie or Angel Phillips
Westside Community Bank
(253) 565-9737
(01/08/07) Counterfeit Checks - First Heritage Bank, Seattle
First Heritage Bank, Snohomish, Washington, has reported that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. Read more...
(11/20/06) Counterfeit Checks - Bank Reale, Pasco
Bank Reale, Pasco, Washington, has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a mystery shopper scam. Read more...
(11/17/06) Counterfeit Money Orders - Columbia Bank, Tacoma
Columbia State Bank (doing business as Columbia Bank), Tacoma, Washington, has reported that counterfeit money orders bearing the institution's name are in circulation. Read more...
(09/21/06) Counterfeit Checks - Horizon Bank, Bellingham
Horizon Bank, Bellingham, Washington, has reported that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam based in Canada. Read more...
(09/19/06) Counterfeit Official Checks - Sterling Savings Bank, Spokane
Sterling Savings Bank, Spokane, Washington, has reported that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam. Read more...
(09/08/06) Internet Banking Authentication
In October 2005, the FFIEC agencies issued guidance entitled Authentication in an Internet Banking Environment. The guidance focuses on the risks of fraud and identity theft associated with Internet banking activities. The guidance states that financial institutions should perform a risk assessment, identify and strengthen control weaknesses, measure and evaluate customer awareness efforts, and implement any necessary corrective actions. Read more...
(09/08/06) Counterfeit Cashier's Checks - Pacific International Bank, Seattle
Pacific International Bank, Seattle, 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 are reportedly associated with a sweepstakes scam and are accompanied by a letter from the "Investment & Trust Co." Read more...

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