Frauds, Phonies, & Scams
The Bureau of the Fiscal Service and the U.S.Treasury are aware of several fraudulent schemes or scams that involve what are claimed to be securities issued or backed by the Treasury Department or another part of the United States Government. These scams have been directed at banks, charities, companies, and even individuals, by individuals or organizations seeking payment on the fraudulent securities. These pages will alert you to these scams and help you protect yourself. Select from the links below to learn more.
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Learn about the types of securities, how they are sold, and how book-entry securities are held.
Find out more about the renting, leasing, or blocking of Treasury securities
See examples of phony securities and learn more about the scams.
Learn about the many scams involving historical bonds.
Find out about the different types of fraud, and important buzzwords and red flags to watch for. Also, get links for investigative help.
Links to resources that will help you protect yourself from fraud.
See examples of illegal solicitous mailings made to appear like official federal government communication.
Read about the scam involving birth certificates and savings bonds.