Alerts/Advisories/Notices/Bulletins/Fact Sheets

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As part of fulfilling its mission to safeguard the financial system and promote national security, FinCEN, through its Financial Institution Advisory Program, issues public and non-public advisories to financial institutions concerning money laundering or terrorist financing threats and vulnerabilities for the purpose of enabling financial institutions to guard against such threats.  Advisories often contain illicit activity typologies, red flags that facilitate monitoring, and guidance on complying with FinCEN regulations to address those threats and vulnerabilities.  Financial institutions may use this information to enhance their Anti-Money Laundering (AML) monitoring systems for more valuable suspicious activity reporting.




Title Date Description
FIN-2024-Alert001 02/01/2024 FinCEN Issues Alert on Israeli Extremist Settler Violence Against Palestinians in the West Bank
FiN-2023-Alert007 11/22/2023 FinCEN Alert on COVID-19 Employee Retention Credit Fraud
FIN-2023-Alert006 10/20/2023

FinCEN Alert to Financial Institutions to Counter Financing to Hamas and its Terrorist Activities

FIN-2023-Alert005 09/08/2023

FinCEN Alert on Prevalent Virtual Currency Investment Scam Commonly Known as “Pig Butchering”

FIN-2023-Alert004 05/19/2023

Supplemental Alert: FinCEN and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Urge Continued Vigilance for Potential Russian Export Control Evasion Attempts

FIN-2023-Alert003 02/27/2023

FinCEN Alert on Nationwide Surge in Mail Theft-Related Check Fraud Schemes Targeting the U.S. Mail

FIN-2023-Alert002 01/25/2023

FinCEN Alert on Potential U.S. Commercial Real Estate Investments by Sanctioned Russian Elites, Oligarchs, and Their Proxies

FIN-2023-Alert001 01/13/2023

FinCEN Alert on Human Smuggling Along the Southwest Border of the United States

FIN-2022-Alert003 06/28/2022

FinCEN and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Urge Increased Vigilance for Potential Russian and Belarusian Export Control Evasion Attempts

FIN-2022-Alert002 03/16/2022

FinCEN Alert on Real Estate, Luxury Goods, and Other High Value Assets Involving Russian Elites, Oligarchs, and their Family Members

FIN-2022-Alert001 03/07/2022

FinCEN Advises Increased Vigilance for Potential Russian Sanctions Evasion Attempts

FIN-2020-Alert001 07/16/2020

FinCEN Alerts Financial Institutions to Convertible Virtual Currency Scam Involving Twitter

Recent Advisories

Title Date Description
FinCEN Advisory FIN-2024-A001 Advisory to Counter the Financing of Iran-Backed Terrorist Organizations
FinCEN Advisory FIN-2022-A002 Advisory on Elder Financial Exploitation
FinCEN Advisory FIN-2022-A001 Advisory on Kleptocracy and Foreign Public Corruption
FinCEN Advisory FIN-2021-A004 Advisory on Ransomware and the Use of the Financial System to Facilitate Ransom Payments
FinCEN Advisory FIN-2021-A003 Advisory on the Financial Action Task Force-Identified Jurisdictions with Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation Deficiencies

FinCEN Notices

Title Date Description
FinCEN Notice FIN-2024-NTC1 04/15/2024 FinCEN Notice on the Use of Counterfeit U.S. Passport Cards to Perpetrate Identity Theft and Fraud Schemes at Financial Institutions
FinCEN Notice FIN-2023-NTC2 11/06/2023 FinCEN and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security Announce New Reporting Key Term and Highlight Red Flags Relating to Global Evasion of U.S. Export Controls
FinCEN Notice FIN-2023-NTC1 08/15/2023

FinCEN Calls Attention to Payroll Tax Evasion and Workers’ Compensation Fraud in the Construction Sector

FinCEN Notice FIN-2021-NTC4 11/18/2021

FinCEN Calls Attention to Environmental Crimes and Related Financial Activity

FinCEN Notice FIN-2021-NTC3 9/16/2021

FinCEN Calls Attention to Online Child Sexual Exploitation Crimes

FinCEN Notice FIN-2021-NTC2

3/9/2021 FinCEN Informs Financial Institutions of Efforts Related to Trade in Antiquities and Art

FinCEN Notice FIN-2021-NTC1

2/24/2021 Consolidated COVID-19 Suspicious Activity Report Key Terms and Filing Instructions

FinCEN Notice FIN-2020-NTC4

12/28/2020 COVID-19 Vaccine-Related Scams and Cyberattacks

FinCEN Notice FIN-2020-NTC3


Companion Notice to FinCEN COVID-19 Advisories

FinCEN Notice FIN-2020-NTC2


Updated FinCEN Notice to Financial Institutions Regarding COVID-19

FinCEN Notice FIN-2020-NTC1


FinCEN Notice to Financial Institutions Regarding COVID-19


FinCEN Bulletins and Fact Sheets

Title Date Description
FinCEN Year in Review for FY 2023
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06/07/2024 FinCEN Year in Review for FY 2023
Financial Trend Analysis
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09/08/2023 FinCEN Analysis Reveals Trends and Patterns in Suspicious Activity Potentially Tied to Evasion of Russia-Related Export Controls
FinCEN Year in Review for FY 2022
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04/25/2023 FinCEN Year in Review for FY 2022
Financial Trend Analysis
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12/22/2022 Trends in Bank Secrecy Act Data: Financial Activity by Russian Oligarchs in 2022
Financial Trend Analysis
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11/1/2022 Report on Ransomware Trends in Bank Secrecy Act Data between July 2021-December 2021
FinCEN's RRP Fact Sheet- FIN-2022-FCT1
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02/11/2022 Rapid Response Program Fact Sheet
Financial Threat Analysis
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12/20/2021 Illicit Finance Threat Involving Wildlife Trafficking and Related Trends in Bank Secrecy Act
Financial Trend Analysis
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10/15/2021 Ransomware Trends in Bank Secrecy Act Data Between January 2021 and June 2021
FINCEN's 314(b) Fact Sheet
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12/2020 314(b) Facts
CTR XML Batch Filing Deadline
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05/08/2018 A reminder that CTR’s will no longer be accepted in ACSII format effective June 1, 2018
FinCEN`s 314(a) Fact Sheet
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02/2018 314(a) Facts and Feedback
FinCEN`s 314(b) Infographic
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09/2017 314(b) References in SARs
CMIR Mailing address change
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07/2017 CMIR Notice of mailing address change
Money Laundering Prevention
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09/2007 An MSB Guide
Bank Secrecy Act Requirements
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09/2007 A Quick Reference Guide for MSBs
Reporting Suspicious Activity
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09/2007 A Quick Reference Guide for MSBs
Bank Secrecy Act Effectiveness and Efficiency Fact Sheet
06/2007 Information about the effectiveness and efficiency of the BSA, as discussed by Secretary Paulson at FinCEN on June 22, 2007
Section 312 Fact Sheet
12/2005 Facts about the Section 312 of the USA PATRIOT Act Final Regulation and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
BSA Direct E-Filing Fact Sheet
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05/2005 Information about the electronic filing of Bank Secrecy Act forms
11/2003 Commonly Used Acronyms
SAR Bulletin - Issue 4
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01/2002 Aspects of Financial Transactions Indicative of Terrorist Funding
SAR Bulletin - Issue 3
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06/2001 Suspicious Activity Related to Phone Card Businesses
SAR Bulletin - Issue 2
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08/2000 Suspicious Activities Reported by Casinos
SAR Bulletin - Issue 1
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06/1999 Automated Teller Machines
FinCEN Notice
02/1997 Clarification of Time for Designation of Exempt Persons for Purposes of 31 CFR 103.22(h)