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18 Nov 2013, 12:11 pm

DIFC Individuals Impersonated in a Fraudulent Email Scam

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) issues the following alert about a scam facilitated through the following email addresses:[email protected]@gmail.comThe fraudulent emails falsely represent that they are sent by legitimate individuals from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) including:-       His Excellency (HE) Essa Kazim, a Member of the DIFC Higher Board; and-       Ms Roberta Calarese, the Chief Legal Officer at the DIFC Authority. The fraudulent emails advise that the DIFC is providing financial services that include personal and commercial finance, commercial mortgages, asset finance, property development finance and other types of finance. Interested parties who respond to the emails are asked to complete a false “client intake form” and return the form to the scammers.  On returning the form, the scammers send a “tentative proposal”, and require payment of GBP12,000 by wire transfer. Examples of falsified documents used by the scammers can be viewed here.The DFSA has previously issued alerts in relation to the impersonation of legitimate DIFC individuals. The DFSA strongly advises that you do not respond to the fraudulent email communications, and under no circumstances should you send the scammers any money.The DFSA informs you that:·         DIFC individuals do not communicate through “gmail.com” or “difc.com";·         The scammers have used the names of HE Essa Kazim and Ms Roberta Calarese without authority and for a malicious purpose; and·         The DIFC does not offer financial services.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: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 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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