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Financial Institutions

You can help prevent and detect terrorism and other types of crime by watching out for suspicious activities at your bank, credit union or financial firm and reporting them to the proper authorities.

Be Alert

  • Opens accounts with cash equivalents of $3,000 to $5,000 and/or within days of entering the U.S.
  • Identification used to open accounts has been issued through a foreign country
  • Reluctance to give personal and/or work information
  • Several individuals open a single account but only one person acts as spokesperson
  • Presents a questionable, fraudulent or recently issued driver’s license
  • Exhibits secretive and/or paranoid behavior
  • Uses temporary addresses (post office boxes, etc) that change frequently
  • Directly sends/receives wire transfers of small amounts of money to/from foreign countries
  • Cash and overseas wire transfers dominate account deposits
  • Makes numerous attempts to withdraw cash at levels that exceed debit card limits
  • Reluctance to deal with female bank personnel
  • Uses false passports and travel documents to open bank accounts

None of the listed actions, in and of themselves, constitutes a criminal violation. However, when coupled the acts may indicate suspicious activity that warrants law enforcement scrutiny. If you observe people acting suspiciously, as described above, please contact local law enforcement immediately.

Contact Us

Polk County Emergency Management
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 286-2107

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