March 10, 2011

E-mail Scam Targets Columbia Bank and Secretary of the Treasury

A fraudulent e-mail communication targeting Columbia Bank and the US Department of Treasury was uncovered on 3-10-11.
The e-mail claims to be issued by the office of Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury and claims that a $6,500,000.00 certified check drawn on Columbia State Bank is waiting for you if you pay a $150.00 charge.  The e-mail is designed to appear legitimate, with links to the Columbia Bank website and the US Treasury website.


Neither Columbia Bank, nor the Secretary of the Treasury issued this communication.  A copy of the e-mail in its entirety appears below.  For more information on how to protect yourself from scams like these, please visit our Security Resource Center.

U.S. Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
Date: 03/09/2011

Dear Beneficiary,

I am Timothy F. Geithner. The Secretary of the Treasury under the U.S Department of the Treasury. The executive agency responsible for promoting economic prosperity and ensuring the financial security of the United States. However, by virtue of my position as the Secretary of the Treasury, I have irrevocably instructed the Federal Reserve Bank to approve your fund release via issuance of a CERTIFIED CHECK drawn on COLUMBIA STATE BANK, which is the authourized bank for your fund release.

However, as a former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and being a versatile banker of repute with about 25 years experience in the financial sector, I wish to state categorically that a CERTIFIED CHECK of $6,500,000.00 USD drawn on COLUMBIA STATE BANK will be issued and sent to you via the US Postal Service at no cost to you. Every and all cost associated with the delivery of the CHECK has been pre-paid by the U.S Government. The only cost associated with your fund release is the cost of processing a "Fund Clearance Certificate", which is estimated to the value of $150.00 USD. The "Fund Clearance Certificate" is required in accordance with the U.S Monetary Policy; and it is the ONLY expenses you will incurr before the CHECK will be sent to your mailing address. Hence, you are advised to send the $150.00 USD via MoneyGram ONLY to "[Name omitted]" who is the nominated receiver for the $150.00 USD. The wiring details is stated below:

Receiver: [omitted]
Receiver's Location: Seattle, Washington USA
Test Question: Fruit
Answer: Apple
Amount: $150.00 USD

In the event you cannot transfer the $150.00 USD via MoneyGram, you can make a direct deposit of the $150.00 USD to the understated account details:

Columbia State Bank
Bank Address: 10350 N.E. 10th Street
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Bank Telephone: (425) 452-7323 or (800) 305-1905
Account Name: [omitted]
Account Number: [omitted]
Routing Number: [omitted]
Swift Code: [omitted]

You can get more facts about the U.S. Department of the Treasury on this link

Please get back to me with a quick confirmation of your mailing addresss and the payment slip for the $150.00 USD.

Yours Sincerely,
Timothy F. Geithner
Secretary of the Treasury