Alert 2004-12| July 2, 2004

Fraudulent Website www.occnetonline.com: Fraudulent Website Purporting to be Operated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

To

Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsel and Examining Personnel

On July 2, 2004, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) became aware of the above-referenced website, which purports to be an online banking site operated by the OCC. Please be advised that the website is not operated by the OCC. It is a fraudulent attempt to acquire personal confidential information from users of the site for the purpose of identity theft. The OCC is not a bank and does not maintain accounts of any type for individuals. The OCC's actual website is located at www.occ.treas.gov

The OCC is the federal agency that charters, regulates, and supervises national banks and their operating subsidiaries. The OCC does not have, nor has it ever had, direct involvement in the transfer of funds for or on behalf of banks or the general public. Furthermore, the OCC does not offer banking services to national banks or members of the general public. Information disseminated by the OCC on its website is public information and the only information that may be requested from users of a website operated by the OCC would involve contact with the OCC via email.

If you have provided any personal information to the above-referenced website, you should contact your financial institution (including your credit card companies), and also consider placing a fraud alert on your accounts.

If you have provided any personal information to the above-referenced website, or you have any other information concerning this matter, please provide it to:

Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Enforcement & Compliance Division,
MS 8-10
250 E Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301
Internet: http://www.occ.treas.gov
Email: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov

Brian C. McCormally
Director for Enforcement & Compliance