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Frauds & Scams

Criminals often invoke the name of the Federal Reserve in an attempt to give legitimacy to fraudulent transactions, financial instruments, investment opportunities and fund-raising proposals. These scams may be directed at individuals or institutions. We frequently encounter these scams in their many variations.

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Scams and Warnings
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
OCC Alert Issuances
Scams Involving the Federal Reserve Name
Warnings from Other Authorities

Credit Repair: How to Help Yourself
Frauds and Scams: Protect Yourself and your Money
How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft (PDF 148 KB)
Identity Theft and Pretext Calling Advisory Letter 20014 (PDF 260 KB)
Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number
Plastic Fraud: Getting a Handle on Debit and Credit Cards
Preventing Payment Card Fraud: Dos and Don'ts
Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft
Social Security: Your Number and Card
Supervision and Regulation (SR) Letters

Other Resources
Check Fraud: A Guide to Avoiding Losses
Classic Cons... And How to Counter Them
A Crook Has Drained Your Account. Who Pays?
Department of Justice Identity Theft and Fraud
Don't Be an On-line Victim: How to Guard Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams
FBI Cyber Investigations
FDIC Consumer Resources
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Protecting Yourself
Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft site
Fraudulent Debt Elimination Schemes
How To Avoid Investment Scams That Target Groups
Looks Too Good To Be True
OCC Anti-fraud Resources
"Prime Bank" and Other Financial Instrument Fraud Schemes
Secret Service Financial Crimes Division
Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline for Reporting Fraud
Treasury Department Identity Theft Resource Page
Your Wallet: A Loser's Manual