Scams and fraud

If someone tells you they work for us and asks for money or your bank details – this is a scam.

The Bank of England’s name or that of its employees are being used by fraudsters to target members of the public. 

Please do not give these fraudsters any information. Do not click on any links in emails or phone messages from them.  

Here are some examples of what they might say:

  • they have a financial opportunity for you
  • you could benefit from an unclaimed estate 
  • there is a warrant out for your arrest 

If you have already given out your bank details or paid money, please contact the police and alert your bank as soon as possible.

How to contact us

If you would like to talk to us about a scam you can:

Recent scam notices 

National insurance scam

Someone claiming to work at the Bank of England has been phoning members of the public and asking for their National Insurance (NI) number.

Please do not give them this information. If you have been contacted, please email

Clearing of funds scam email

Fraudulent emails asking for payment in order to send funds are being sent to members of the public from This email address is spoofed and does not belong to the Bank of England.

Please do not engage with the email or send payment. If you have been contacted, please email

Useful resources

Please visit the Action Fraud website for more information about scams and advice on how to protect yourself from fraudulent activity.

This page was last updated 27 December 2023