March 15, 2019: OCC Fraud Alert

Subject: Fictitious Regulatory Agency Notification

Date: March 15, 2019

Description: Fictitious Notification Attributed to Officials of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
 

Fictitious Notification Regarding the Release of Funds Supposedly Under the Control of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chair, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (Districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsels; and All Examining Personnel

Consumers have reported receiving fictitious email messages, allegedly initiated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC.

Any communication 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.

Consumers have reported receiving email messages from the following email addresses, which are not associated with the OCC:  [office2comptroller90@gmail.com], [deadhead@kfedisbroke.com], and [name@officeocc.com]. The communication may include a fictitious “Approval of Funds” letter. The perpetrators may request, among other data, bank account information, including bank statements, with the purported purpose of making a large dollar deposit into the potential victim’s account.

Consumers should not respond in any manner to any proposal supposedly issued by the OCC that requests personal account information, or that requires the payment of any fee in connection with the proposal. The OCC recommends that consumers 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
www.occ.gov
occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov

For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resources page.

 

Monica A. Freas

Director for Enforcement and Compliance

Links:

OCC Notice

Sample Fictitious Approval of Funds Letter

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