Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Bank Alert

Alert Number: FDIC SA-113-2006

DATE: April 21, 2006

TO: Chief Executive Officer/President

SUBJECT: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Washington Business Bank

Washington Business Bank, Olympia, 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 display the routing number 125108670, which is assigned to Washington Business Bank, but are dissimilar in appearance to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's logo, address and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the top-left corner. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed in the top center below a fabricated "FDIC Insured" logo. The counterfeit items include two "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" lines in the lower- right corner and the following statement in the top border: "THE DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name, address and telephone number in the top-left corner. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed in the top-right corner to the right of an FDIC symbol. The checks also display one authorized signature line in the lower-right corner, a "Remitter" line in the lower-left corner, and large watermark of the bank's logo in the center. Authentic checks are printed on white paper with blue print.

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

Patricia Steingruber or Martin Hersrud
Washington Business Bank
2607 Martin Way East, Suite 211
Olympia, Washington 98506
Phone: (360) 754-1945
Fax: (360) 456-0252
E-mail: Customercare@WashingtonBusinessBank.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.

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