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- mark lewis
February 23, 2014, 11:12 am
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On Mon, 17 Feb 2014, Virus Guy wrote to All:
VG> What I don't understand is - why is the Secret Service
VG> investigating this?
The Secret Service was established as a law enforcement agency in 1865. While
most people associate the Secret Service with presidential protection, its
original mandate was to investigate the counterfeiting of U.S. currency, a
mission the Secret Service is still mandated to carry out.
Today the agency's primary investigative mission is to safeguard the payment
and financial systems of the United States. This has been historically
accomplished through the enforcement of counterfeiting statutes to preserve the
integrity of United States currency, coin and financial obligations.
Since 1984, the Secret Service's investigative responsibilities have expanded
to include crimes that involve financial institution fraud, computer and
telecommunications fraud, false identification documents, access device fraud,
advance fee fraud, electronic funds transfers and money laundering as it
relates to the agency's core violations.
To combat these crimes, the Secret Service has adopted a proactive approach
that utilizes advanced technologies.
One of the great tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a
gang of brutal facts. --Benjamin Franklin
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