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01 Apr 2013, 12:04 pm

DFSA Impersonated in a Fraudulent Email Scam

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) alerts the financial services community and members of the public to a fraudulent email scam facilitated through the email address: [email protected] practice adopted by the fraudsters on this occasion is that they send an email to which is attached a “Fraud Alert”.  The Fraud Alert claims to be issued by the DFSA and is fashioned to look like a legitimate DFSA Consumer Alert.  The Fraud Alert also misuses the identity of a legitimate DFSA employee.  A copy of the Fraud Alert can be viewed here.The DFSA informs you that:• the Fraud Alert is false and misleading;• the DFSA does not communicate through the email address of [email protected];• the DFSA does not have a separate department or pision called the “DFSA Investigation Team”;• the Fraud Alert uses the name and details of the DFSA without authority and for a malicious purpose;  and• the employee referred to in the alert is a legitimate DFSA employee.  The Fraud Alert uses her name without authority and for a malicious purpose.The DFSA has a page on its website dedicated to alerting the public about fraudulent scams.  The perpetrators of this fraud have fashioned the Fraud Alert so that it looks like a DFSA Consumer Alert. All legitimate Consumer Alerts issued by the DFSA may be accessed by going to:,Your-Resources/dfsa-alertsThe DFSA has also recently issued warnings and guidance about the common types of scams perpetrated on consumers.  For more information on these scams, please go to: HowToAvoidBeingScammedIf you have any concerns about the authenticity of any DIFC or DFSA correspondence or documents, you should direct your concerns to the DIFC on +971 4 362 2222, or to the DFSA Complaints function by accessing the complaints portal on the DFSA website or calling the DFSA on +971 4 362 1500.

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