OCC Scam Alert

February 28, 2012
Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the OCC regarding funds purportedly under the control of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and other government entities, is in circulation. People have received the correspondence by email, fax and postal mail.
Any document claming 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 communication may indicate that the funds are being held by the OCC, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or the U.S. Department of Justice because of the need for payment of a revenue charge to the IRS.
The communication also attempts to elicit funds from the receiver and to gather confidential information.
The OCC recommends the following minimum action if you receive unexpected communication such as this:
  • Contact the OCC directly to verify the legitimacy of the communications through the following methods:
    Mail – OCC Special Supervision Division, 250 E St SW; Mail Stop 2-7, Washington, DC 20219
    Fax – 202-874-5214
    Phone – Special Supervision Division 202-874-4450
  • Contact state and/or local law enforcement
  • File a complaint at the ic3.gov if the communication appears to be fraudulent and was received by e-mail or from the Internet
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Postal Inspector Service. 888-877-7644
For more information, visit occ.gov.