Hurricane Katrina Anti-Fraud Task Force
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, both financial institutions and customers are potentially vulnerable to a wide variety of fraud schemes, ranging from identity theft to fraudulent loan activity. The Office of Inspector General at the FDIC is a member of the United States Department of Justice's Hurricane Katrina Anti-Fraud Task Force, a government-wide effort to combat fraud in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Any FDIC-regulated financial institution which believes it has been the victim of fraud, or any individual who believes they are the victim of bank-related consumer fraud, may contact the OIG for assistance through the FDIC's OIG hotline as follows:
Write: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Office of Inspector General: Hotline
801 17th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20434
Electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Office Contacts:
Atlanta - 10 Tenth St NE, Suite 800, rm 703A, Atlanta, GA 30309, Phone - 678-916-2360
Dallas - 1910 Pacific Ave., rm 6094 Dallas, TX 75201, Phone - 972-761-2614
Chicago - 500 W. Monroe St, Suite 3200, rm 30486 Chicago, IL 60661, Phone - 312-389-6989
Other Katrina-Related Fraud Reports:
To report identity theft or fraudulent charitable donation scams, visit the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov and, for reports of identity theft (internet-based or not), you may also contact the Federal Trade Commission's toll-free ID theft hotline at 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338).
To report government benefits fraud, procurement fraud, or public corruption in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, please call the FBI Katrina Hotline at 1-800-FBI-CALL (1-800-225-5324).
Protecting Yourself From Becoming a Victim of Fraud:
Once the immediate hazards of a natural disaster are over, it's inevitable that other problems surface. For useful tips on how to avoid hurricane-related scams, frauds, and rip-offs, visit the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov) at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/events/katrina/index.html
Several staff members from our Office of Investigations are working at the Center for Missing and Exploited Children in efforts to help match family members who were separated as a result of Hurricane Katrina. If you are missing a family member or have knowledge of a missing person please go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.