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Local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies can be helpful partners to financial institutions in the fight against fraud and security issues; therefore, banks are encouraged to establish positive working relationships to enhance information sharing about emerging trends.

This page was created to provide you with overviews and contact information for the various Federal agencies that investigate bank robberies and financial crime. It also contains recent alerts and advisories issued by the agencies. 

Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The FBI investigates matters involving violent crimes, bank and armored car robberies, and other financial crimes including fraud, theft, and embezzlement occurring within or against the national and international financial community.

FBI Resources

FBI Alerts and Advisories

FBI InfraGard

InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S. Visit the InfraGard page to identify and apply to participate in the chapter closest to you.

FBI Infragard Resources

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

The IC3 is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), a non-profit organization funded in part by grants from the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. It serves as the central clearinghouse and repository for civil and criminal related complaints from industry, financial institutions, and private citizens, domestically and internationally, involving cyber related violations (i.e., computer intrusions, theft of intellectual property, financial crimes, and Internet fraud).

The IC3 site also contains Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on various types of cyber crimes, including those impacting the financial services industry.

IC3 Resources

Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI)

The IRS CI investigates potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law.
The Criminal Investigation strategic plan is comprised of three interdependent programs: Legal Source Tax Crimes; Illegal Source Financial Crimes; and Narcotics Related and Counterterrorism Financial Crimes. These three programs are mutually supportive and encourage utilization of all statutes within CI’s jurisdiction, the grand jury process and enforcement techniques to combat tax, money laundering and currency crime violations.

IRS-CI Resources

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

ICE Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge (SAC) offices coordinate the law enforcement activities for J-1 non-immigrant visa money mule activity.

ICE Resources

United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS)

One of the overall objectives of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is to investigate complaints where the U.S. Mail, U.S. Postal Service products or services are used to facilitate identity theft.

USPIS Resources

USPIS Intelligence Sharing Initiative Website

ABA members may apply for access to the USPIS Intelligence Sharing Initiative website, which contains information on fraud applications, hot addresses, account takeovers, and other data regarding fraudulent financial activities provided by representatives from major retailers, law enforcement agencies, and financial institutions. The ISI provides a secure environment where the Inspection Service and fraud investigators can openly share information pertaining to mail theft, identity theft, financial crimes, investigations, and prevention methods.

Membership is free, however all members must regularly share their fraud data on the site to remain active.

USPIS Initiative Website Resources

* Please note: These addresses are supplied to alert you and your organization to possible fraudulent activity and if circulated outside of your organization could possibly compromise an ongoing Inspection Service investigation. By accessing this document, you agree not to circulate the information outside of your organization.

USPIS Financial Industry Mail Security Initiative (FIMSI)

FIMSI, which was created in 1992 to address the increase in credit cards stolen from the mail, has broadened to include counterfeit check schemes, Internet fraud and bank fraud schemes. The group publishes a quarterly newsletter detailing their efforts and formally meets twice a year.

FIMSI Resources

United States Secret Service (USSS)

The primary mission for USSS investigations is the prosecution of those involved in financial crimes as it relates to the protection of the financial infrastructure of the United States. The USSS has Financial Crimes Task Forces and Electronic Crimes Task Forces (ECTFs) throughout the United States that are ready to carry out this mission. The ECTF coordinates regular meetings in each region to discuss the evolving threat environment, provide training and build awareness as well as provide an opportunity to network with local law enforcement and state computer crime lab representatives.

USSS Resources


Public - Private Partnerships

National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA)

The NCFTA is a non-profit corporation founded in 2002, focused on identifying, mitigating, and neutralizing cyber crime threats globally. The NCFTA operates by conducting real time information sharing and analysis with Subject Matter Experts in the public, private, and academic sectors. Through these partnerships, the NCFTA proactively identifies cyber threats to help partners take preventive measures to mitigate those threats.

Key initiatives under the NCFTA include:

  • CyFin  - dedicated to the identification, mitigation, and neutralization of cyber threats to the financial services industry.
  • Internet Fraud Alert –  creates a trusted mechanism for participating researchers to report stolen account credentials discovered online to the appropriate organization responsible for that account. 
  • Malware & Cyber Threats Program – dedicated to researching, identifying, and providing timely alerts through data feeds and proactive intelligence on cyber threats under analysis.