Alert 2013-14| July 24, 2013

Fraudulent Regulatory Agency Issuance: Fraudulent Correspondence Regarding the Release of Funds Supposedly Under the Control of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

To

Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; 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 Counsels; All Examining Personnel; and Other Interested Parties

Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and foreign financial institutions is in circulation. This correspondence may be distributed via email, 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.

Attached is a copy of this fraudulent correspondence as well as related fictitious documents, which are being sent to consumers in an attempt to elicit funds from those individuals and to gather personal information to be used in possible future identification theft.

Correspondence may indicate that an "Exchange Control Approval Payment Order" valued at $7,500,000.00 is being held until a "Currency Capital Control Clearance ITP Fee" is secured. The recipient of this correspondence is instructed to wire funds, which are purportedly used to pay tax. The recipient will receive several tax bills, which over time may equate to $10,400.00, before having any supposed funds released. Throughout the course of this scam, the potential victim will be instructed to provide the following personal identifiable information: full name and address, mobile phone and fax, company name and position, profession, age, marital status, and a scanned copy of his or her identification. Contact information provided in the correspondence is for that of either William Blattner, who is purportedly with Standard Chartered Bank, or Glenn David, who is purportedly a representative of the OCC. The specific contact information appearing in the correspondence is as follows:

William Blattner
Office of the General Manager, Department of Foreign Operations
standardcharteredbnk2011@live.com
+44-7024021358
1 Basing-Hall Avenue, London-EC2V 5DD

Glenn David
Executive Secretary
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Administrator of National Banks
Washington, DC 20219
509-262-6309
secretry.occ@blumail.org

Please note that the OCC does not employ anyone by the name of Glenn David. In addition, the email address and the telephone number mentioned in the material are 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, the recipient should take steps to verify that the proposal is legitimate. 

Consumers who receive counterfeit or fictitious items and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General (OIG): by telephone at (800) 359-3898 or by visiting the OIG website.
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): by telephone at (877) FTC-HELP or, for filing a complaint electronically, via the FTC's website.
  • National Consumers League (NCL): by telephone at (202) 835-3323 or by email. To file a fraud complaint, visit the NCL fraud website.
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB): The BBB system serves markets throughout Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States and is the marketplace leader in advancing trust between businesses and consumers. The website offers contact information for local BBBs, objective reports on more than 2 million businesses, consumer scam alerts, and tips on a wide variety of topics that help consumers find trustworthy businesses and make wise purchasing decisions.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center (to report scams that may have originated via the internet).
  • If correspondence is received via the U.S. Postal Service, contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by telephone at (888) 877-7644; by mail at U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, Operations Support Group, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100; or via the online complaint form.

Additional information concerning this matter that should be brought to the attention of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) may be forwarded to

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division
400 7th St. SW, Suite 3E-218; MS 8E-12
Washington, DC 20219
Phone: (202) 649-6450
Fax: (571) 293-4925
www.occ.gov
occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov

For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resources page.

 

Ellen M. Warwick
Director for Enforcement and Compliance

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