Learn about protecting yourself, friends, and family from fraud and scams.

Common scams using the Federal Reserve's name:


E-mails claiming that you are eligible to receive a large sum of funds (inheritance, lottery winnings, wire transfer, etc.) from the "Federal Reserve Bank"


Robo calls claiming that the Federal Reserve has a warrant for your arrest


Phishing – communication made via email or on social media networks claiming to be from the Federal Reserve

What should you do?

  • DO NOT provide any personal financial information to the caller or in an email.
  • You SHOULD verify the legitimacy of potential service providers before supplying personal financial information or entering into a business transaction.
  • If you suspect that your personal financial information has been compromised, contact your financial institution and local law enforcement officials.
  • To file a complaint about a suspected fraudulent email, contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

The Federal Reserve will never contact the public via unsolicited phone calls or emails asking for money or any other type of personal information.

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Last Update: December 17, 2020