The calls, all reported by individuals in the United States, follow a similar pattern. The caller claims to be from the FIB and claims that the recipient of the call has defaulted on a non-existent loan. The caller goes on to add that failure to pay a sum of money to FIB will result in complications with their Social Security number and even jail time. These are spurious threats.
When challenged over their authority, the caller has been reluctant to release information. One reported instance saw the recipient call back, only to be greeted by the same person operating under a different name.
FIB does not have representatives around the world who are authorised to make calls in its name. Recipients of such calls are requested to check with the FIB to verify if the call is legitimate.
The Financial Investigation Bureau (FIB) conducts enquiries and investigations into matters associated with money laundering, fraud and suspect documents. Members of FIB include the following:
• International Banks
• Financial Institutions
• National Financial Intelligence Units (FIU)
• National Regulatory & Oversight Authorities
• Law Enforcement Agencies
Through CCS, the FIB has bona fides status with the UK Home Office and with ICPO-INTERPOL, the international police organisation.