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SA-195-2005
December 28, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Entity is Conducting Banking Operations Without Authorization
Summary: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has been advised that persons representing themselves as employees of Brink National Bank of Texas or Brink's National Bank of Texas have been contacting other persons via telephone or e-mail.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has advised the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that persons representing themselves as employees of Brink (or Brink's) National Bank of Texas are contacting other persons via telephone or e-mail. The OCC states that the representatives have referred to several different schemes, which appear to be advance-fee frauds. Worthless, counterfeit official bank checks may also be provided in this scheme. The contact information provided for Brink (or Brink's) National Bank of Texas includes an unlisted cell phone number originating with a Texas cell phone service, and an e-mail contact through a "@yahoo.com" address. The Web site used by this entity has been suspended.

Brink (or Brink's) National Bank of Texas is not chartered by the OCC, and is not authorized to conduct the business of banking. All nationally chartered banks must be FDIC-insured. However, the FDIC does not insure the deposits of Brink (Brink's) National Bank of Texas. To search for FDIC-insured banks, use the following link: http://www2.fdic.gov/idasp/main.asp.

Additional information about this matter that you believe should be brought to the OCC's attention may be forwarded 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
Email: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Internet:http://www.occ.gov

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2005/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Christopher J. Spoth
Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (1-877-275-3342 or (703) 562-2200).




Last Updated 12/28/2005 communications@fdic.gov