FBI warns public of falling victim to the bank examiner scam
March 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- Thursday, March 29, the FBI announced the arrest of two San Diego men on charges of impersonating FBI Agents as part of a scheme to defraud a San Diego woman over over $200,000. Nenad Videnovic 22, was arrested by FBI Agents on March 27 in Ocean Beach. Brian John Murphy, 33 was arrested later that same day in the Mission Bay area.
According to the FBI, here is how the bank examiner scam works. Someone representing themselves as a bank official or a law enforcement officer tells you they are working an investigation of thefts by a bank employee and need your help to catch the dishonest employee. The victim is convinced to withdraw money and hand it over to the purported investigator to assist in the investigation.
The purported investigator usually states that the money needs to be checked for serial numbers, examined for fingerprints or some other reason. Once the purported investigator has the money they are never seen again.
If you are approached by someone claiming to be a bank examiner or other official requesting you to remove money from your account(s) call law enforcement and your bank immediately. Never give large sums of money to a stranger. The elderly are the primary targets of this scam.
If anyone believes they are a victim of this particular scheme they may contact the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or submit a tip electronically at https://tips.fbi.gov. This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
According to the complaint filed in this matter with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, on March 23 Videnovic and Murphy allegedly contacted the victim at her residence and represented themselves as FBI Agents and one displayed what appeared to be FBI credentials and a gold badge. The men told the woman that she was the victim of a fraudulent scheme by her bank and asked her to withdraw money from her account and turn it over to them so that they could put tracers on the money to find out who was defrauding her.
According to the FBI, during discussions with Videnovic and Murphy the victim became suspicious and requested additional information concerning their FBI employment. One of the men provided a business card with false FBI contact information. The victim was suspicious of both men, but indicated she was willing to assist them, according to the FBI.
Later that same day, the victim filed a report with the San Diego Police Department concerning this suspicious activity. The responding San Diego Police Department Officer contacted the FBI San Diego Field Office and determined the name given by one of the men was not accurate and advised the victim of this information.
On March 24 both men allegedly returned to the victim’s residence to collect the money. According to the FBI, the victim advised that she did not have the money and indicated she needed more time. Following this visit, the victim contacted the SDPD and the FBI San Diego Field Office. Based upon the victim’s report the FBI initiated an investigation into this matter. On Sunday, March 25, 2012, Videnovic allegedly contacted the victim again in an effort to collect the money.
On March 27, Videnovic was arrested by FBI Agents as Videnovic was making contact with the victim at her residence. Subsequent investigation by FBI Agents identified Brian J. Murphy as Videnovic’s accomplice and he was arrested later the same day. Both men remain in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).