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Alert 2014-25
Description: Solidwall Bank

Phishing Scam: Solidwall Bank

To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chair, 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; and All Examining Personnel

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has been informed that an entity titled “Solidwall Bank” is involved in a Web site spoofing and phishing scam. This entity has spoofed the Web site of a legitimate bank in Somerville, Massachusetts. The Solidwall Bank Web site, [www.solidwallf.com], replicates the following text found on the legitimate bank’s Web site in wording and appearance:

  • About Us
  • President’s Message
  • Community Involvement
  • Privacy Policy
  • Contact Us (Bank Locations)

The Web site [www.solidwallf.com] was established in April 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria, and presents a telephone number of (414) 263-9615, which is an Internet-based telephone number registered to the unauthorized entity.

Consumers are receiving unsolicited e-mails of an urgent nature from the fictitious entity. The e-mails contain a hyperlink to the Solidwall Bank Web site, which is designed to harvest financial and personal information. Anyone receiving e-mails from this entity should not respond but rather report the incident to the following agencies:

  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): by telephone at (877) FTC-HELP or, for filing a complaint electronically, via the FTC’s Web site at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.
  • National Consumers League (NCL): by telephone at (202) 835-3323 or by e-mail at http://www.nclnet.org/contact_us. To file a fraud complaint, visit the NCL fraud Web site at www.fraud.org.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center (to report scams that may have originated via the Internet). Its Web site is www.ic3.gov.

Additional information concerning this matter that should be brought to the attention of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) may be forwarded to

  E-mail: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
  Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division
400 7th St. SW, Suite 3E-218; MS 8E-12
Washington, DC 20219
  Phone: (202) 649-6450
  Fax: (571) 293-4925
  Internet: www.occ.gov

For additional information regarding phishing fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resources page at http://www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/internet-pirates.html.

Ellen M. Warwick
Director for Enforcement and Compliance