Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Bank Alert

Alert Number: FDIC SA-188-2006

DATE: July 6, 2006

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

SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

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

Rainier Pacific Bank, Tacoma, 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 bear the routing number 325182946, which is assigned to Rainier Pacific Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The words "FDIC INSURED" and "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top-center portion of the counterfeit items. The bank's main office address and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, appear in the top-left corner below the bank's name and logo. Two authorized signature lines appear in the lower-right corner.

Rainier Pacific Bank does not issue cashier's checks. Authentic official checks display the bank's logo and name in the upper-left corner. The bank's address, telephone numbers and Web site address appear in the upper-right corner. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are printed in the lower-right corner above a shaded signature block.

Be aware that counterfeit items can be modified to avoid detection. Any information or questions that you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Lisa Johnson, CFE
Fraud Investigator
Rainier Pacific Bank
P.O. Box 11628
Tacoma, Washington 98411-6628
Phone: (253) 926-4500 or (800) 228-2858, extension 4500
E-mail: LJohnson@rainierpac.com