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March 30, 2016
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Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chair, 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 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
Variation No. 2
Variation No. 3
Variation No. 4
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 email addresses of [firstname.lastname@example.org] or [email@example.com] and a telephone number of (336) 844-2482. Another variation may include a contact name of “Walter H. Anders” using an email address of [firstname.lastname@example.org], [email@example.com], or [firstname.lastname@example.org].
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of checks drawn on Washington Federal, NA, please contact General Counsel Arian Colachis by mail at 425 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101, by telephone at (206) 777-8327, by fax at (206) 624-2334, or by email at email@example.com.
Consumers who receive counterfeit or fictitious items and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
Additional information concerning this matter that should be brought to the attention of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) may be forwarded to
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division
400 7th St. SW, Suite 3E-218; MS 8E-12
Washington, DC 20219
Phone: (202) 649-6450
Fax: (571) 293-4925
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resources page.
Ellen M. Warwick
Director for Enforcement and Compliance