FCA fake emails warning appeared yesterday, as scammers were trying to gain access to the sensitive information of recipients. How to identify scam emails?
10 May, AtoZForex – The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has informed the investors’ community about the fake emails that have been sent be fraudsters pretending to be the regulator.
FCA fake emails warning
The FCA has published an announcement yesterday warning investors about fake emails. The regulator states that the fraudsters have been sending emails to investors while pretending to be the authority. The emails have been aiming at thousands of potential market participants all around the world. Specifically, the official FCA fake emails warning states:
‘We have been contacted about emails being sent from the following addresses:
• scam emails sent from email@example.com with subject ‘FCA business update’ or ‘Blacklisted FX firms’ (9 May 2017)
• fake emails sent from firstname.lastname@example.org with subject ‘Overdue balance’ (9 May 2017)
• scam emails sent from email@example.com (21 March 2017)
• fake emails sent from firstname.lastname@example.org (5 January 2017)
• fake emails sent from email@example.com with subject ‘FCA Regulation 2017’ (16 December 2016)’
How do fake FCA emails work?
The massive scam emails have been a thing for a long time now. Fraudsters have been sending the fake emails in order to confuse and mislead investors.
Criminals are utilizing special software to present the message as it is really from the regulator. Additionally, the emails are often inviting the recipients to click on the link that is supposed to transfer them to the official website of FCA. However, in reality, the link is taking the victims to the false website. Like this, fraudsters gain the access to the sensitive information from those, who clicked on the link.
Later on, criminals can use the obtained confidential information to commit fraud.
The FCA has warned the recipients to delete the emails immediately. The watchdog stated that the receivers should not open the scam emails. In case you want to know more about how to protect yourself from fake emails, FCA provided an additional section for the detailed information about this particular issue.
How to identify scam emails?
The fraudsters might contact you by email, post, or approach you via phone call. They would claim to be from FCA or even use the name of an employee to appear more genuine.
The fake emails and letters might contain the logo of FCA or other images associated with the regulatory website or publications. Also, the scammers can say that you owe some money to the FCA or ask for personal information.
Moreover, they can tell you that you are rewarded a sum of money and FCA needs to know your bank details to transfer the funds to your account. However, exercise extreme caution and never disclose such sensitive information over the phone or in the email.
In addition, the fraudsters can claim that they are presenting the organization that used to regulate financial services in the UK, the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
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