AIG, always on the lookout for those who would threaten their reputation, offers visitors to their website a Fraud Warning page. It details the latest internet phishing scams, identity theft tricks, and describes how people are posing as AIG employees to get private and personal data from the general public.
The general warning at the bottom of the page, however, is very instructive (emphasis added):
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is proud of its reputation and record as world leaders in insurance and financial services, with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG takes very seriously any reports of suspicious or fraudulent activities, including reports of Internet fraud or identity theft involving the unauthorized use of AIG’s name. AIG cautions its investors that persons not affiliated with AIG may approach you, pretending to act on behalf of AIG.
How to Protect Yourself
Fraudsters often create a sense of urgency to provoke you to take action immediately. First, consider carefully whether AIG would have sent you the request. Second, ask questions — if you are in doubt as to whether communications with a person purporting to act on behalf of AIG are legitimate, do not respond to it. In any cases of uncertainty, a safe alternative is to contact AIG directly as listed below. If a questionable communication is via e-mail offering a link asking you to provide personal information on a Web page, do not click on the link, even if it may appear genuine.
Who to Contact to Report Suspicious Activities
If you receive an e-mail or any communication that you believe to be suspicious and connected to fraudulent activities, immediately forward it to AIG’s Corporate Compliance Group: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not remove the original subject line, or change the e-mail in any way when you forward it to us. If we find it to be fraudulent, we will take appropriate action.
Hmmmm . . . "AIG takes very seriously any reports of suspicious or fraudulent activities"?
Given Liddy’s reply to Geithner, I have a hard time believing that one. But they’re absolutely right about fraudsters creating a sense of urgency to try to provoke immediate action . . .
As for AIG deciding whether something is a fraud, though, I’d rather AIG not do the judging. You’ve done enough already, really. I’d be content to have the US Attorney’s office handle that for you.