I received a suspicious-looking e-mail/text message/phone call that claims to be from the Federal Reserve. Is it a scam?
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is aware of scams that involve fraudsters claiming to be from the Federal Reserve who are contacting the public through unsolicited phone calls, e-mails, or text messages. Individuals should be wary of any unsolicited message that claims to be from the Federal Reserve and asks for personal financial information. The Federal Reserve does not request personal financial information such as bank account numbers. Nor do Federal Reserve Banks provide grants to, or hold or administer funds for, individuals. Recipients should not click on any links or attachments contained in these types of e-mails and text messages.
In general, consumers should verify the legitimacy of potential service providers before providing personal financial information or entering into a business transaction. Consumers who suspect that their personal financial information has been compromised should contact their state attorney general, local law enforcement, or the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
I’m having a problem with a financial institution. Where can I find help?
The Federal Reserve Consumer Help website assists consumers who have a problem with a bank or other financial institution. The website also provides a number of resources to help consumers better understand bank accounts, credit cards, mortgage and other personal loans, consumer leases, credit reports and scores, identify theft, and frauds and scams.
Currency and Coins
How can I find out how much a specific bill or coin is worth?
Currency and coin collectors or dealers can provide information about the value to collectors of specific bills or coins.
What should I do with mutilated or burnt currency?
Where can I obtain newly minted coins, commemorative coin sets, or specific currency notes?
The Federal Reserve does not provide currency and coin directly to the public. You can check with your local financial institutions regarding the availability of newly minted coins or specific currency notes. The U.S. Mint sells special collector sets of coins and commemorative coin sets and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing sells sheets of currency and other products.
Savings Bonds and Treasury Securities (Treasury Direct)
Where can I find information about Savings Bonds, Treasury Securities, and TIPS?
Treasury Direct offers information about Savings Bonds; Treasury Bills, Notes and Bonds; and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS).