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Fraudulent Website/Advance-Fee Scams using EDNY Addresses and Judges' Credentials

Monday, October 30, 2017

Updated August 10, 2020:

This office continues to receive inquiries about fraudulent documents issued by the operator of a ficticious websites/organizations/agencies known variously as the "Department of Interagency Protection Bureau," the "Investments and Securities Recovery Council," the "Foreign Investments Enforcement Division," and the "Security Fraud Detection Authority" (among others). These sites have aparently been scamming their victims through an advance fee scheme using forged documents purporting to have been issued by this court. The scheme has been referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If you receive a document from these scammers, do not send them money and do not entertain their scheme. Report any such activcity to the FBI through their Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3.GOV). The domain authorities serving these fraudulent websites have refused to comply with takedown requests or even to answer queries and are in violation of their ICANN contract obligations. This office can offer no more information on these schemes or their perpetrators.

Do not send them any money;

Do not respond to any communication from them, whether it is a letter, phone call, e-mail, or any purported court document;

Do not trust their communications; and

Do not accepted forged emails that purport to be from our domain endorsing the authenticity of any documents sent as part of their fraudulent activity.

Do not trust any communication that directs you away from or cautions you against using official resources, such as PACER.


The Court will NEVER ask for advanced fees to be paid nor will it EVER direct for such fees to be paid.