Subject: Fictitious Regulatory Agency Issuances
Date: January 27, 2004
Description: Fictitious Financial Programs Attributed to Officials of the Office
Fictitious Regulatory Agency Issuances: Fictitious Financial Programs Attributed to Officials of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks; 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 Counsel and Examining Personnel
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) continues to receive fictitious documents that claim to be issued by the OCC and falsely state that international payments are being held by the OCC. The most recent version of these documents make reference to the September 11, 2001 tragedy, contain the forged signature of an OCC official, and purport to offer a mechanism for obtaining the release of restricted funds out of Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. These documents are originating from many sources around the world. (See also, Alert 2001-5 and attachments issued on May 29, 2001.)
The OCC does not participate in the transfer of funds for, or on behalf of, private enterprises or governmental entities, domestic or international. Further, the OCC does not maintain or control any type of deposit account for, or in the name of, any individuals or corporations, domestic or international.
Any documents stating that the OCC is holding, or has placed a hold on, funds for the benefit of any entity, or for an entity’s account, should be viewed as fraudulent.
Please be advised that:
Prior to responding in any manner to any proposal that requests personal information or personal account information, or the payment of any fees in connection with such proposals, you should exercise extreme caution to ensure that the proposal is legitimate. At a minimum, the OCC recommends that you:
Any additional information that you wish to bring to the attention of the OCC may be sent to:
Brian C. McCormally Director,