Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Bank Alert

Alert Number: FDIC SA-252-2006

DATE: August 29, 2006

TO: Chief Executive Officer/President

SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Columbia State Bank, Tacoma, Washington, are reportedly in circulation.

Columbia State Bank (also known as Columbia Bank), Tacoma, Washington, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 125108272, which is assigned to Columbia State Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and the FDIC logo are centered at the top of the counterfeit items. The counterfeit items have a marbled blue background. They display the address "6202 Mount Tacoma Drive, Lakewood, WA 98499" and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. Embedded in the top border is the statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." Two signature lines appear in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks display "Cashier's Check" in the lower-left corner above the words "Columbia State Bank, Tacoma, Washington." The check background consists of a watermark with white and blue "CB" logos in a tiled formation. The statement "THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK" is embedded within the bottom border. Authentic checks have one signature line in the bottom-right corner.

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

Michelle Hill
Fraud Investigation Officer
Columbia State Bank
Post Office Box 2156, MS OP-2119
Tacoma, Washington 98401-2156
Phone: (253) 471-4081
Fax: (253) 471-5030
E-mail: mhill@columbiabank.com