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Fraud warning

The Bank of England is not a retail bank and we do not carry out transactions or hold funds for members of the public. If you have been informed via email, social media, telephone or post that you have a claim on an inheritance or funds held at the Bank of England or you have received any documents or details of investment opportunities that appear to come from the Bank of England, it is very likely to be fraudulent.

We are also aware that our name and the names of some of the people who work for us are sometimes used in attempts to perpetrate a number of different kinds of fraud. Some of these scams are attempts at identity theft, including fraudulent emails, faxes, copies of our website and the creation of a false Bank of England telephone switchboard. Examples of fake documents and sites have occurred in the UK and elsewhere across the world.

Recipients of such communications are advised never to make any payments of monies. Should this have occurred, however, you should alert your own bank at the earliest opportunity.

While we can take no responsibility for losses arising from these sites, services or documents, we are dedicated to playing our part in reducing identity theft and fraud. If you have any doubts about any correspondence claiming to be from the Bank of England, please do not hesitate to contact us at If you have received what you believe may be a fraudulent email claiming to be from us, it is important that you do not reply, click any links or disclose any personal information. Please forward it as an attachment to: and then delete it from your email account.

We recommend that you report all suspected fraudulent activity to the police via the Action Fraud website.