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The U.S. Secret Service (USSS):   

In brief

The Secret Service was established as a law enforcement agency in 1865. While most people associate the Secret Service with Presidential protection, our original mandate was to investigate the counterfeiting of U.S. currency--which we still do. Today our primary investigative mission is to safeguard the payment and financial systems of the United States. This has been historically accomplished through the enforcement of the counterfeiting statutes to preserve the integrity of United States currency, coin and financial obligations. Since 1984, our investigative responsibilities have expanded to include crimes that involve financial institution fraud, computer and telecommunications fraud, false identification documents, access device fraud, advance fee fraud, electronic funds transfers, and money laundering as it relates to our core violations. US Secret Service - Investigations 


THE FINANCIAL CRIMES DIVISION (FCD) plans, reviews, and coordinates criminal investigations involving Financial Systems Crimes, including bank fraud; access device fraud; telemarketing; telecommunications fraud (cellular and hard wire) computer fraud; automated payment systems and teller machines; direct deposit; investigations of forgery, uttering, alteration, false personation, or false claims involving U.S. Treasury Checks, U.S. Savings Bonds, U.S. Treasury Notes, bonds, and bills; electronic funds transfer (EFT) including Treasury disbursements and fraud within Treasury payment systems; fraud involving U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Coupons and Authority to Participate (ATP) cards; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation investigations; Farm Credit Administration violations; fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents and fraudulent commercial, fictitious instruments, foreign securities. The Division also coordinates the activities of the U.S. Secret Service Organized Crimes Program, and oversees money laundering investigations.  US Secret Service - Investigations -  Financial Crimes Division - Mission Statement 


THE SECRET SERVICE AND YOU:   The Secret Service relies heavily on the support of outside organizations and individuals. Federal, state, county, and local law enforcement [police] organizations are valued partners of the Secret  Service in every phase of its investigative and protective operations.


Private individuals also assist the Secret Service in various ways by:

  • learning about counterfeiting and fraud;

  • taking steps to protect themselves from these crimes;

  • and by reporting any suspicious occurrences to their local police or Secret Service office.

The support of private individuals helps the Secret Service succeed in its dual investigative and protective missions. 


US Secret Service - History - Today  (If link doesn't work, copy and paste


When to contact the U.S. Secret Service:

When you have knowledge or evidence of:


  • Financial Institution Fraud & Related Criminal Investigations

  • Credit Card Fraud

  • Counterfeiting 
  • Fraudulent Identification
  • Money Laundering
  • Computer Fraud
  • Telecommunications Fraud
  • (Government/Welfare) Program Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Social Security Fraud
  • Food Stamp Violation
  • Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card
  • Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud - Operation 4-1-9
  • International Organized Crime Activity
  • Terrorist Activities


How to contact the Secret Service:

You will find a list of Secret Service field offices with address and phone number at


It is not a good idea to email the Secret Service if you need immediate assistance, and they do not encourage it.  If you do not wish to call, it is better to write to them at the address below.


If you are calling in a tip that you suspect someone of a violation, before you call write down what you want to say or make some of notes so you remember everything you want to report.  There are few things more frustrating than remembering information you wanted to hand over after you've hung up the phone. 

If you are calling in with direct, personal knowledge and experience, as always, have your narrative and evidence package ready.


The Secret Service maintains several field offices outside the U.S. see OVERSEAS USSS OFFICES: LISTED BY CITY

If you are not located near any of the listed offices, then you can contact the nearest American Embassy or Consulate and speak with a Legal Attach?(a-ta-shay).  Go here for a list of Legal Attach?:

The Attach?will either direct you to the correct office or contact the Secret Service on your behalf.  If you are unsure about contacting a U.S. representative on foreign soil, then you can call directly into the Secret Service headquarters in Washington, DC at

U.S. Secret Service
Office of Government Liaison & Public Affairs
950 H Street, N.W.
Suite 8400
Washington, DC 20223

The Secret Service is open to calls from non-US residents (citizen residents of foreign countries) who want to report U.S.-based criminal activity or crimes perpetrated by US citizens living abroad.


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