E-mail Claiming to be from the Department of Banking and Finance

March 26, 2015

Atlanta, Georgia – The Department of Banking and Finance (“Department”), an agency of the State of Georgia, has received reports of fraudulent e-mails as part of a spear phishing scam that gives the appearance that the e-mail was sent by an employee of the Department.  The scam is an attempt to convince unwary recipients to provide information or send money.  These e-mails claim to be from ”Georgia Gov Department of Banking Financ” [sic] with a spoofed e-mail address of “dbf.georgia.gov@financier.com.”

These e-mails are not from the Department or from any employees thereof, and the e-mail address is in no way affiliated with the Department.  The Department does not and would not request personal or financial information in this manner.

The e-mails attempt to persuade individuals to provide personal information such as Social Security Numbers, account numbers, login information, or to transfer large amounts of money.  Recipients should treat these e-mails as fraudulent and take no action to respond or reply.  

Recipients should report fraudulent e-mails to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.  Any person who suspects that they are the victim of identity theft should immediately contact their financial institution(s) and, if necessary, close existing accounts and open new ones.  Victims of identity theft should also contact the three major credit bureaus — Equifax (800-525-6285), Experian (888-397-3742) and TransUnion (800-680-7289) — to request a fraud alert be placed on their credit reports.

 


The Department is the state agency that regulates and examines Georgia state-chartered banks, state-chartered credit unions, and state-chartered trust companies. The Department also has responsibility for the supervision, regulation, and examination of Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Banks (MALPBs) chartered in Georgia.  In addition, the Department has regulatory and/or licensing authority over mortgage brokers, lenders and processors, mortgage loan originators, check cashers, sale of check companies, money transmitters, international banking organizations, and bank holding companies conducting business in Georgia.