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Fraudulent E-Mails Claiming to Be From the Federal Reserve

The OIG is aware of the circulation of fraudulent e-mails claiming to be from the Federal Reserve. In many cases, these e-mails appear to use a federalreserve.gov or another Federal Reserve–affiliated entity e-mail address to create the appearance of legitimacy. These e-mails may reference the rejection of a wire transfer initiated by the recipient and ask the individual to click on a link to obtain additional information, or the e-mails may reference funds that the recipient is entitled to receive as the beneficiary of a large sum of money, and to receive such payment, the recipient must provide personal identifying information to the Federal Reserve–affiliated entity.

While the sophistication of these types of e-mails may make them appear legitimate, they are not. As with all spam or phishing e-mails purporting to be from the Federal Reserve, they may contain malicious code that could infect your computer, or they may be an attempt by an illegitimate entity to obtain personal or financial information. The OIG strongly advises recipients of these suspicious e-mails to not click on any links or attachments provided in the e-mails. If you wish to report these or other scams fraudulently using the name of the Federal Reserve, please contact the OIG Hotline.

More information on frauds and scams that use the name of the Federal Reserve is available online.

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