Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 19, 2002

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691


The United States Government has received unsubstantiated information that unspecified terrorists are considering physical attacks against U.S. financial institutions, in the Northeast, particularly banks, as part of their campaign against U.S. financial interests. While the FBI has no information about any specific plot or threats to any specific institution, out of an abundance of caution an alert has been transmitted to law enforcement and to financial institutions in the northeastern states of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia.

The decision to disseminate this threat information followed discussions among the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Office of Homeland Security, and the Department of the Treasury as part of the national Homeland Security Advisory System. The threat level for both the region and the nation remains at the elevated (yellow) level of risk.

The alert has been provided to law enforcement and financial institutions who have been requested to report any threats or suspicious activity to their local FBI office.


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