OFR warns of fraudulent letter circulated in Florida
07/22/2010 05:20 pm
The LSCU has been notified by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) of a fraudulent letter in circulation, which claims to provide authorization by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation for acceleration of a financial transaction.
The fraudulent letter bears a crude, low resolution and pixilated copy of a banner obtained from the Florida Office of Financial Regulation’s web page. The fraudulent letter includes the names of a phantom employee in a blatant attempt to imply legitimacy. The letter contains an e-mail address for said employee that does not belong to the Office. The fraudulent letter instructs the bank to deposit an “instrument” into a specific account and to notify the beneficiary account holder that payment has been made.
OFR does not send out instructions or authorizations to any financial institution to conduct specific transactions, including the transferring of funds. If you receive a similar letter appearing to be from the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, you should assume that it is fraudulent.
The OFR is committed to protecting Florida citizens by carrying out the banking, securities and financial laws of the state efficiently and effectively and to providing regulation of business that promotes the sound growth and development of Florida’s economy.
For questions about this letter, please contact LSCU Vice President of Regulatory Affairs,
Bill Berg at 866.231.0545 ext. 1028.