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Premier Business Bank Fraud Scheme
Premier Business Bank (PBB) has advised the California Department of Financial Institutions that in January, 2011, a fraudulent website using the bank’s FDIC Certificate number for an entity called "Premier Business and Investment Group" existed.
The fraudulent group promotes a loan product which appears to be a Loan Fee Advance or Nigerian 419 fraud scheme. They request nonpublic information from prospective targets and lure individuals to prepay fees and/or loans interest wired to a bank in Canada.
The bank began receiving calls wanting to verify if it was affiliated with Premier Business and Investment Group so it worked to shut down the website. About a week later, the group set up a new website with the name Premier Bank and Investment Group. Again, the bank worked to shut down the new web site.
The address on the “Contact Us” page of the fraudulent website reflected the actual physical address of Premier Business Bank, but without the bank’s suite number.
If you feel you have been affected by this scam or your personal data has been compromised, please contact SAFE's call center immediately at (916) 979-7233 or (800) 733-7233.