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Washington Federal Bank, N.A. -- Counterfeit cashier's checks

Washington Federal Bank, N.A.

Seattle, WA

Contact: 
Arian Colachis
Washington Federal Bank, N.A.
1425 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101 United States of America
Voice (206) 777-8327
Fax (206) 624-2334

The above-named bank has reported that several versions of counterfeit cashier’s checks using a correct routing number of 325070980 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an online employment scam. The counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic checks; the counterfeit checks, however, may be identified by the following traits:

  • Variation No. 1
    • The checks contain a brown weaved background pattern.
    • There are no security statements along the edges of the checks.
    • The checks contain no borders.
    • The checks contain one authorized signature line.
  • Variation No. 2
    • The checks are of unknown color.
    • The following security statement is located within a dark top border: “FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER.”
    • The checks contain one authorized signature line.
    • The following security statement is located along the bottom border between two padlock icons: “SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK.”
  • Variation No. 3
    • The checks are of unknown color.
    • The following security statement is located along the top edge: “WARNING: THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES IN THE PAPER.”
    • The checks contain one authorized signature line.
  • Variation No. 4
    • The checks are of unknown color.
    • The following security statement is located along the top edge: “WARNING: THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES IN THE PAPER.”
    • The payable dollar amount section contains no borders.

Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts and have contained an authorized signature of “Roy M. Whitehead.” Remitter names appearing on these checks may include: Scott Allen, Jessica Belten, Mary Birch, John Bonnes, Susan Cotton, Devon Curtis, George Fisher, Margaret Giffett, Cheryl Hubner, Brandy Longnecker, Connie Lopez, Kelly Lynch, Gail Malloy, Shirley Partin, Melinda Patton, Helen Sheffield, Freddie Smith, Deniece Stevens, Cynthia Villa, and Valerie White.

Correspondence related to this scam may include a company name of “The Premier Mystery Shopping Company” and be signed by “Ben Howard.” Contact information may include the e-mail addresses of [david199510@qaol.com] or [benhoward.mspc@gmail.com] and a telephone number of (336) 844-2482. Another variation may include a contact name of “Walter H. Anders” using an e-mail address of [assessnowresults055live@yahoo.com], [evaluatenshop.us055@yahoo.com], or [evaluateteam055live@outlook.com].

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