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Alert 2002-9 | August 8, 2002

Unauthorized Banking: Unauthorized Sale of Samoan Banking Licenses


Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, 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 Counsel and Examining Personnel

The Office of the Registrar of International and Foreign Companies, Samoa, has informed us that the above-referenced company is promoting "pre-approved banking licenses" purportedly issued by Samoa. The subject is not a licensed trustee company in Samoa, which is the only entity permitted to submit license applications. Accordingly, it has no legal authority to promote or solicit buyers for entities available under Samoa's offshore legislation. Furthermore, Samoa does not and has never issued "pre-approved banking licenses." A copy of that territory's notice is attached.

Any information which you may have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Mail: Registrar of International & Foreign Companies
PO Box 3265, Apia, Samoa
Fax: (685) 20-880
Phone: (685) 24-071


Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Enforcement & Compliance Division,
MS 8-10
250 E Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301


Brian C. McCormally
Director for Enforcement & Compliance Division

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