OCC Reports Fraudulent Communications

January 28, 2013

Fake correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds that are supposedly under the control of the OCC and other government entities is being distributed by criminals via e-mail, fax, and postal mail. Any document claiming that the OCC is involved in holding any funds for the benefit of any individual or entity is fraudulent and should not be responded to. The OCC does not participate in the transfer of funds for any person or entity. The communication may indicate that the funds are being held at Bank of America and that the recipient will need to pay a mandatory express service charge to have the funds released.

The OCC recommends the following minimum steps for consumers: Contact the OCC directly to verify the legitimacy of the proposal (1) via e-mail at occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov; (2) by mail to the OCC's Special Supervision Division, 250 E St. SW, Mail Stop 8E-12, Washington, D.C. 20219; (3) via fax to (571) 293-4925; or (4) by calling the Special Supervision Division at (202) 649-6450.

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 at https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspx, if the proposal appears to be fraudulent and was delivered through the U.S. Postal Service.