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Wire Fraud

Wire fraud involves criminals trying to steal your money by pretending to be a title company, real estate agent, etc. via email or phone.

Before sending any funds, you should call the recipient at a number you know is accurate. Do not use a phone number provided in the email or phone call in question.

If you have been victimized by wire fraud, here is what the FBI recommends that you do as quickly as possible:
  • Ask your financial institution to contact the financial institution where the fraudulent wire was sent.
  • Contact your local Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office.
  • File a complaint with the FBI’s official Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

When speaking to law enforcement, they will want to know:
  • The name and address of your financial institution
  • Your account number
  • The name and address of the financial institution where funds were sent 
  • The beneficiary’s name
  • The beneficiary’s account number
  • The correspondent financial institution (if applicable)
  • Dates and amounts transferred
  • IP or e-mail address of the fraudulent e-mail

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