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08 Oct 2013, 12:10 pm

DIFC Individual Impersonated in a Fraudulent Scam

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) issues the following alert about a scam facilitated through the following email addresses:  [email protected] and [email protected]  The emails falsely claim to represent His Excellency Abdullah Mohammed Saleh, Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).  The fraudulent emails advise that the DIFC is seeking to expand and relocate its business abroad into the following sectors:• Oil and gas;• Banking;• Real estate;• Stock speculation and mining;• Health and tobacco;• Communication services; and• Agriculture forestry and fishing.The emails offer to provide finance for any private sector projects outside the Gulf region.  The offered finance is a five year “renewable” loan with an annual interest rate of 3%.  The DFSA strongly advises that you do not respond to any such invitations, and under no circumstances should you send the originator any money.  The DFSA informs you that:  • His Excellency Abdullah Mohammed Saleh does not communicate through “zbavitu.net”, “gmail.com” or other such addresses; and• The scammers have used the name of His Excellency without authority and for a malicious purpose.  The DFSA has a page on its website dedicated to Alerts which it has issued in relation to scams. All Alerts issued by the DFSA may be accessed by going to:  Your-Resources/dfsa-alerts   The 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:  HowToAvoidBeingScammed.aspxIf you have any concerns about the authenticity of any DIFC or DFSA correspondence or documents, you should direct your concerns to the DIFC on Tel: +971 4 362 2222 and to the DFSA via the DFSA Complaints function on www.dfsa.ae or via telephone on +971 4 362 1576.

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