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OCC Says to Avoid Fraudulent Bank Comfort Letter: PNC Bank

Alert 2011-9
Subject: Fraudulent Bank Comfort Letter
Date: November 16, 2011 Description: PNC Bank, N.A.
Fraudulent Bank Comfort Letter: PNC Bank, N.A.

Re: Fraudulent Correspondence Purportedly Issued by PNC Bank, N.A.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has been informed that a fraudulent “Bank Comfort Letter” purportedly issued by PNC Bank, N.A., is in circulation to various financial institutions for the benefit of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. The letter references a purported contract with a potential reference number of OZ/NNPC/BLCO/AUG11 relative to Oznomics (“Oznomics”). This letter or any other document relative to this matter is not a genuine bank document, has not been authorized by PNC Bank, N.A., or any of its affiliates (together or individually, PNC), and is not a legal, valid, or binding obligation of PNC.

PNC has stated that it has no credit or trade services relationship with Ozmonics. Any purported obligations and/or commitments from PNC purportedly related to Ozmonics are fraudulent and should not be relied upon.

Any information pertaining to this situation should be brought to the attention of Jonathan Mastrangelo, PNC Bank, N.A., at (412) 762-6494 or via e-mail at [email protected]

Any information that you may have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

E-mail: [email protected]
Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10
250 E St. SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301
Richard C. Stearns
Director for Enforcement & Compliance

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