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Financial Investigations

In addition to our original mandate of combating the counterfeiting of U.S. currency, the passage of federal laws in the 1980s gave the Secret Service primary authority for the investigation of access device fraud, including credit and debit card fraud, and authority for identity theft. In the 1990s, our mission expanded to include financial institution fraud. 


Global Investigative Operations Center  

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An integrated mission center, monitoring, coordinating, and supporting strategic domestic and international investigations with potential impact on the integrity of the financial infrastructure. The Global Investigative Operations Center (GIOC) conducts analysis of non-traditional data sources and works with field offices to combat financial, often cyber-enabled, crimes.




ATM & POS Skimming 

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The Secret Service is the lead U.S. agency tasked with investigating access device fraud. Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and Point-of-Sale (POS) skimming crimes represent a significant threat to the U.S. financial system.


Business Email Compromises

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A significant portion of the agency’s financial investigations involve Business Email Compromise (BEC) crimes. BECs affect numerous organizations worldwide.

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Don’t Be a Mule   

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“Money Mules” are individuals who transfer illegally obtained money on behalf of others using bank accounts, wire transfers, money orders, or checks. 




Report Financial Crimes to the Secret Service

Locate your local Secret Service field office to report a financial crime or scam.

Credit Report Monitoring

Credit reports list your financial history. Learn how to get a copy of your report and ways you can mitigate fraud exposure.

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

Submit an internet crime complaint to federal law enforcement.