FBI Fraud Alert
A poster has been created by the FBI to provide critical information about scamming and fraud devices used by criminals. (Click on this image to see a larger version.) Specifically, this poster addresses the Internet Fraudulent Check Scam, Foreign Lottery Scam, Nigerian Fraud Scam, Re-Shippers Facilitating Illicit Money Transfers, and the Phishing Scam. It also addresses these scams used in combination or in tandem. Many of these scams are perpetrated by foreign individuals and originate outside the United States. These individuals hide behind the anonymity of the internet and the inherent logistical and cultural barriers facing U.S. law enforcement in coordinating with foreign law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OR SUSPECT FRAUD:
If you suspect a payment or check is fraudulent or a scam, contact your bank branch manager. Financial Institutions and/or customers who have suffered a loss are encouraged to report the loss to law enforcement. One avenue is the FBI's Internet Fraud Complaint Center website.
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