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Alert 2013-14
Description: Fraudulent Correspondence Attributed to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

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 e-mail, 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 e-mail 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. At a minimum, the OCC recommends that consumers

  • contact the OCC directly to verify the legitimacy of the proposal (1) by e-mail at occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov; (2) by mail to the OCC’s Special Supervision Division, 400 7th St. SW, Suite 3E-218, MS 8E-12, Washington, DC 20219; (3) by 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 by 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 by 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.

Additional information concerning this matter that should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to

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

 

Ellen M. Warwick
Director for Enforcement and Compliance

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