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SA-194-2006
July 14, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: 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.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

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.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Sandra L. Thompson
Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




Last Updated 7/14/2006 communications@fdic.gov