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The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) of Canada has published the attached "Warning Notice" (Issue No. 79), which states that the Anishinabe Wampum (Bank), Sharbot Lake, Ontario, Canada, is distributing literature stating that it is "the first Algonquin Bank of the Sharbot Lake Region. It offers banking services in ...Canadian Federal currency. The Anishinabe Wampum offers basic savings accounts ...as well as joint venture partnership returns on larger deposits." The Web address for this entity is www.anishinabewampum.com.
This entity is not a bank organized under the Bank Act (Canada) nor is it an authorized bank under that act. Accordingly, OSFI does not supervise this entity and states that caution should be used in any dealings with this entity. OSFI's warning notice states that the "entity has been requested to stop holding itself out as a bank, but has made no response."
To report information concerning this entity, please contact Phonebusters, which is a joint partnership between the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In addition, Phonebusters 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 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:
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.
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 email@example.com.
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Attachment: Can be found at http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/app/DocRepository/1/eng/consumer/notices/Warning_Notice_79_e.pdf - PDF (PDF Help)
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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