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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Money Waiting – Scam Alert

The government agency, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulent messages that are intended to scam money out of consumers.

The OCC says 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 Halifax Bank, London, England, and that the recipient will be required to pay a mandatory express service charge to have the funds released.

Fraudulent correspondence is being sent to consumers 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 former OCC officials. In addition, the material contains a fictitious e-mail address that is 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

  • contact the OCC directly to verify the legitimacy of the proposal (1) via e-mail at [email protected]; (2) by mail to the OCC’s Special Supervision Division, 250 E St. SW, Mail Stop 2-7, Washington, DC 20219; (3) via fax to (202) 874-5214; or (4) by calling the Special Supervision Division at (202) 874-4450.
  • contact state or local law enforcement.
  • file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov if the proposal appears to be fraudulent and was received via e-mail or the Internet.
    file a complaint with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by telephone at (888) 877-7644; by
  • mail at U.S. Postal Inspection Service, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100; or via the online complaint form, if the proposal appears to be fraudulent and was delivered through the U.S. Postal Service.

    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Money Waiting   Scam Alert

    Example of scam document being sent to consumers.

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