Subject: Fraudulent Regulatory Agency Issuances
Date: October 3, 2008
Description: Fraudulent Correspondence Attributed to Officials of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Fraudulent Correspondence Regarding the Release of Funds Supposedly under the Control 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 All Examining Personnel
A variety of fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and other government entities is in circulation. Correspondence may be distributed via e-mail, fax, or postal mail.
Any document claiming that the OCC is involved in holding any funds for the benefit of any individual or entity is fraudulent. The OCC does not participate in the transfer of funds for, or on behalf of, individuals, business enterprises, or governmental entities.
The letters may indicate that funds are being held by the Federal Reserve Bank of America/White House External Debt Conversion Committee/Department of Treasury, and are to be released through The Clearing House Payments Company. Another version indicates that a monetary transfer from the South African Reserve Bank has been stopped by the OCC due to the need for a Certified International Transfer Permit Document.
Attached are copies of this fraudulent correspondence, which is being sent to United States bank customers in an attempt to elicit funds from them and to gather personal information to be used in possible future identification theft.
The correspondence in question contains forged signatures of actual OCC officials and fictitious telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses that are not associated with the OCC.
Before responding in any manner to any proposal supposedly issued by the OCC that requests personal information or personal account information, or that requires the payment of any fee in connection with the proposal, you should take steps to verify that the proposal is legitimate. At a minimum, the OCC recommends that you:
Any information regarding the subject of this or any other alert that you wish to bring to the attention of the OCC may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard C. Stearns