Circular
Board Alerts Public to Instances of Fraudulent Solicitations Directed At Consumers
August 27, 2009
Circular No. 12132

The Federal Reserve Board has warned consumers about fraudulent solicitations that appear to be made with the approval or involvement of the Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve officials, or other U.S. government officials. These solicitations promise bogus financial services or large sums of money in exchange for either payment or personal information that can then be used to access a consumer's bank account.

The Federal Reserve is advising consumers that it has no involvement in these solicitations.  Consumers are strongly urged to verify the legitimacy of potential service providers before entering into a business transaction.  Individuals who have or suspect they have been a victim of a scam should contact local law enforcement agencies.

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