Business Alerts

Fraud Alert Involving Unauthorized Wire Transfers To China
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E-mail Claiming to Be From the FDIC
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of a fraudulent e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC. The e-mail appears to be sent from "" and includes a subject line that states: "FDIC: Your business account."

The e-mail is addressed to "Business Owners" and states "We have important information about your bank. Please click here to see information." It then states, "This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership."

This e-mail and link are fraudulent. Recipients should consider the intent of this e-mail as an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto end users' computers. Recipients should not click on the link provided.

The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers or business account holders

In recent days the Oregon Department of Justice has received numerous complaints about a phone scam targeting Oregon businesses. The fake telemarketers pose as state employees calling from Business Oregon, the Oregon Business Development Department, or similar name variations of the state's lead economic development agency. The callers inquire whether the business has moved recently and the size of their workforce. Oregon Attorney General John Kroger and Business Oregon warn businesses not to respond to these fake phone calls.

Based on the complaints received to date, the scam telemarketers are calling from: 1-800-247-4047. If your business receives a call from 1-800-247-4047 do not answer and inquire with your phone company about how to block receiving calls from this number.

Oregon businesses are not the sole target of this telemarketing scam, rather, similar calls have been made to Washington, Minnesota, California, Colorado and Canadian businesses. In each instance, the fake telemarketers tell businesses they are with the state economic development office and ask for moving and employee information. In several cases, when a business has responded to the questions asked, new monthly charges appeared on the business' phone bill. Oregon Department of Justice investigators are looking into this scam right now, but one theory is that the callers are trying to "cram" new services onto the business' phone bill. "Cramming" has been around since the deregulation of the telephone industry and happens when a company adds a charge to a phone bill for a service that was never requested, agreed to, or used.

If your business received a call from the fake telemarketers and your business answered any questions both Attorney General Kroger and Business Oregon recommend contacting your phone service provider immediately to prevent erroneous charges from being added to your phone bill.

Electronic payments association warns of new phishing scam
The Electronic Payments Association said it has received reports that individuals and/or companies have received a fraudulent e-mail that has the appearance of having been sent from National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA). The subject line of the e-mail states: “Unauthorized ACH Transaction.” The e-mail includes a link that redirects the individual to a fake Web page and contains a link that is almost certainly an executable virus with malware.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Scam
On February 18th the SBA warned small businesses nationwide not to respond to fraudulent letters asking them for bank account information. The letters -- marked with a bogus SBA letterhead -- tell recipients that the agency is assessing their eligibility for a tax rebate under the economic stimulus law, and asks them for their bank account number and the bank.