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Notice I-23-17

September 20, 2023

FCM and IB Members—FinCEN issues alert on virtual currency investment scam known as "Pig Butchering"

On September 8, 2023, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a news release alerting U.S. financial institutions of a prominent virtual currency investment scam known as “pig butchering.” The alert explains the scam’s methodology; provides behavioral, financial, and technical red flags to help financial institutions identify and report related suspicious activity; and reminds financial institutions of their reporting requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). As U.S. financial institutions under the BSA, NFA Member futures commission merchants and introducing brokers should review the alert and comply with the suspicious activity report (SAR) requirements if applicable.

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