Bankers are being warned to keep an eye out for firms believed to be illegally calling themselves banks in the United States.

In a letter to state nonmember banks last month, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. listed more than 50 companies that call themselves banks, but are not licensed as such. Any bank with information on these companies should contact the FDIC's special activities section. For more information, call 202-393-8400.

- Matt Schulz, Olaf de Senerpont Domis, and Celia Viggo Wexler

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