Watch out for counterfeit Washington Federal Cashier’s Checks

Mar 18, 2016

Fraudsters are getting more and more creative with their swindling techniques. Recently, several consumers have fallen victim while responding to ads on websites, including Craigslist and Care.com, or offers to work as a secret shopper or complete an online survey. The ads come in a variety of forms, but generally ask for the responding individual to wire or send money from their personal account to a third party. In return, the company will reimburse the consumer and pay them for their services with a cashier’s check. Unfortunately, this often turns out to be too good to be true.

Recently consumers that respond to the ad and send money have been given a counterfeit Washington Federal cashier’s check. Because the check is counterfeit, the consumer is then out the money that they wired or sent to the fraudster.

These counterfeit Washington Federal cashier’s checks appear to be to our legitimate check stock but have a couple distinct differences:

  • Color is light blue/grey
  • Missing the second signature line in the lower-right corner

Counterfeit Check

Counterfeit Check 

If you have questions about a Washington Federal check that you’ve received, please contact us at 800-324-9375 or email us at info@wafd.com. For more information and tips to avoid check schemes, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website