Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Bank Alert

Alert Number: FDIC SA-194-2006

DATE: July 14, 2006

TO: Chief Executive Officer (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name 1st Security Bank of Washington, Lynnwood, Washington, are reportedly in circulation.

1st Security Bank of Washington, Mountlake Terrace, Washington, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that fraudulent cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 325182289, which is assigned to 1st Security Bank of Washington, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items include a Lynnwood, Washington, address and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. The words "FDIC INSURED" and "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. The statement "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SECURITY FEATURES - SEE REVERSE" is embedded in the top border. A square gold hologram appears next to the two signature lines in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks display the bank's name in the upper-left corner, followed by four lines that include "Mountlake Terrance Office, P.O. Box 97000, Lynwood, WA 98046-9700, (800) 683-0973." Authentic checks bear the routing number 125000574, which is assigned to Key Bank. The words "KEY BANK, LYNNWOOD OFFICE" are printed on two lines in the top-right corner. Authentic checks have one authorized signature line in the lower-right corner below the words "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS" and the bank's name.

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

Jean Collins, Fraud Analyst
1st Security Bank of Washington Client Services Department
P.O. Box 97000
Lynnwood, Washington 98046-9700
Telephone: (800) 683-0973, Extension 3202
Fax: (425) 771-1642
E-mail: jeanc@1stsecurityofwa.com