Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Bank Alert

Alert Number: 04-01

DATE: January 30, 2004

TO: Chief Executive Officer/President

FROM: David G. Kroeger, Director of Banks

SUBJECT: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Harbor Community Bank, Raymond, Washington

Harbor Community Bank, Raymond, Washington, has reported to the State of Washington Department of Financial Institutions that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the bank are in circulation. We are aware that these checks are being circulated in the Seattle area, although they may also be in circulation elsewhere.  The counterfeit checks have had various payee names, check numbers, and check amounts; however, the remitter has been the same.  People who try to verify funds by calling the telephone number provided on the counterfeit cashier’s check will reach a message system that sounds as if they have actually reached Harbor Community Bank. A person representing himself or herself as a Harbor Community Bank employee verifies that the check and funds are good. This individual is not an employee of Harbor Community Bank. A copy of a counterfeit Harbor community Bank cashier’s check (void) is attached.

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

Mark Southwick
Harbor Community Bank
221 Commercial Street
Post Office Box 552
Raymond, Washington 98577-0552
Telephone: (360) 942-2401
Fax: (360) 942-3785

Information concerning these instruments may be forwarded to the Division of Banks, 150 Israel Road S.W., Tumwater, Washington 98501, or transmitted electronically to banks@dfi.wa.gov.

(Facsimile of the bogus check)

Picture of Check