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Special Alerts

SA-8-2006
January 19, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Union One Bank, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and SL Financial Group, Associated with North York, Ontario, Canada, May Be Conducting Banking Operations in Canada or the United States Without Authorization
Summary: Union One Bank, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and SL Financial Group, associated with North York, Ontario, Canada, may be illegally operating as financial institutions.

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) of Canada has published the attached "Warning Notice" (Issue No. 68), which lists two entities – Union One Bank, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and SL Financial Group, associated with North York, Ontario, Canada – recently brought to OSFI's attention.

Warning Notice No. 68 states that these entities are not authorized federally regulated financial institutions (Canadian) and may be involved in advance fee scams (see OSFI's Warning Notice No. 23, dated February 2002). The warning also states that Union One Bank is located at 3125 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and has a telephone number of (888) 283-3699 and a Web address of www.uniononebank.com. Information on SL Financial Group is less complete. The warning does not provide a local address, telephone number or Web address for this entity.

Each "Warning Notice," beginning with Issue No. 1 through OSFI's latest "Warning Notice," may be found at http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/osfi/index_e.aspx?ArticleID=166.

Phonebusters, a joint partnership between the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, is interested in receiving copies of scam letters, particularly those involving Canadian mailing addresses or telephone numbers. Records relating to the payment of advance fees should also be forwarded to Phonebusters. This intelligence information is used to assist in the strategic targeting of would-be fraudsters. Scam letters should be forwarded to the Phonebusters National Call Center (PNCC) as follows:

Mail: Box 686
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
P1B 8J8
Web site: www.phonebusters.com
Telephone: +1 (888) 495-8501 (toll-free in Canada and the USA)
Fax: +1 (888) 654-9426 (toll-free in Canada and the USA)
E-mail: info@phonebusters.com
Advance fee fraud (including Nigerian and lottery letters): wafl@phonebusters.com

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/2006/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

Attachment: Can be found at http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/app/DocRepository/1/eng/consumer/notices/Warning_Notice_68_e.pdf 108k (PDF help)

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information (1-877-275-3342).




Last Updated 01/19/2006 communications@fdic.gov