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Subject: Counterfeit Official Checks
Date: March 12, 2012
Description: Olympia Federal Savings and Loan Association
Counterfeit Official Checks of Olympia Federal Savings and Loan Association, Olympia, Washington
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsels; and All Examining Personnel
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit official checks issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 092005411 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with online employment opportunities.
Counterfeit items resemble the bank’s authentic official checks but may be identified by the following: The checks are white in color with green, blue, or brown shaded backgrounds. The lettering is typed in a bold black font, and the checks do not include the bank’s telephone number of (360) 275-6001. The instruments do, however, include one of the following security statements along the top border of the instrument: “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A TRUE WATERMARK – HOLD TO LIGHT TO VIEW,” “THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK,” and “THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK.” Items presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts between $2,950 and $7,500. The items also include a remitter name of Amanda Vanwhy.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of Olympia Federal Savings and Loan Association official checks, please contact Bobbi Kerr, Vice President/Security Officer, by mail at 421 Capitol Way S., Olympia, WA 98501; by telephone at (360) 754-3400, ext. 1124; by fax at (360) 754-3437; or by e-mail at BKerr@OlyFed.com.
Consumers who receive a counterfeit or fictitious item and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) may be forwarded to:
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resource at: http://www.occ.treas.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Richard C. Stearns