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.



Recent Advisories

Title Date Description
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 Advisory FIN-2021-A002 Advisory on Financial Crimes Targeting COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments
FinCEN Advisory FIN-2021-A001 Advisory on COVID-19 Health Insurance- and Health Care-Related Fraud
FinCEN Advisory FIN-2020-A009 Advisory on the Financial Action Task Force-Identified Jurisdictions with Anti-Money Laundering, Combating the Financing of Terrorism, and Proliferation Deficiencies

FinCEN Notices

Title Date Description
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
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)