October 27, 2008

FBI Statement Regarding Threatening Letters Received at Financial Institutions

The Federal Reserve System has been asked by the FBI to forward to its supervised institutions the following emergency supervisory message pertaining to an actual or potential critical situation affecting the banking industry. The Federal Reserve has no additional information regarding this situation.

Message Text:

PLEASE NOTE: The FBI, US Postal Inspectors and state and local authorities are investigating more than 30 threatening letters that have been received at financial institutions in NY, NJ, Washington, DC, Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, Oklahoma, Georgia, California and Texas. Most of these letters contain a powder substance with a threatening communication. At this point, field and laboratory tests on the powder have been negative. Should you or any part of your institution (corporate offices, branches, etc.) receive one of these letters please contact your local FBI office and ask for the WMD Coordinator.

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