March 16, 2011
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks drawn on Columbia Bank reported
Columbia State Bank, Tacoma, Washington, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution’s name are in circulation.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 125108272, which is assigned to Columbia State Bank, and display the address “3006 Judson Street, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.” The checks contain “CERTIFIED DRAFT” at the top right-hand of the item next to the check number. The account number displayed in the MICR line is fictitious as well as the bank signature. These items have been sent throughout the US accompanied by either a “Secret Shopper” or a sweepstakes letter.