Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Remington Financial Group Chairman Issues 'Email Fraud Warning,' Alerts FBI

/PRNewswire/ -- Chairman and founder of Remington Financial Group, Andy Bogdanoff, has alerted the FBI and other law enforcement agencies that an email scam is falsely using Remington's name to gain private information that may be used in identity theft.

In making the announcement, Bogdanoff emphasized that none of Remington's customer data had been breached by what appears to be a 'copycat email' scam similar to those that attempted to victimize bank and credit card customers in the past.

Remington is a national financial services company, specializing in providing commercial real estate owners and developers with access to needed capital. Since 1993, Remington has arranged more than $5 billion in financing for all types of commercial property.

Remington uncovered the "phishing" scheme through routine monitoring of the Internet for potential fraud activity. "In keeping with Remington's fraud policy," Bogdanoff said, "we referred the data we collected to the appropriate law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and appropriate state and local authorities."

Earlier in the year, Remington implemented what is believed to be the most comprehensive and stringent fraud policy in the financial services industry. At the time, Bogdanoff called on others in the industry to "shore up" their fraud policies and to rectify any deficiencies. "By doing so," Bogdanoff said, "the financial services industry can help regain public confidence and trust, which has been sorely tested by recent scandals."

The Remington Financial Group Fraud Policy includes strict monitoring controls and rigorous due diligence procedures designed to protect the integrity of the company and the interests of every person and entity involved in Remington activities.

"My hope is that Remington's Fraud Policy will become the 'gold standard' throughout the industry," Bogdanoff said. "At Remington, our goal is clear: To be super-vigilant against even the hint of fraudulent or other inappropriate activity by any employee, customer or lender associated with Remington. Any such behavior will not be tolerated. And any violation of this policy will be met with swift and appropriate disciplinary or legal action," Bogdanoff said.

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