Montréal – The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is warning Quebeckers, particularly insurers and insurance intermediaries, about the recent actions of one or more individuals currently using a “fake CEO” scam.
The AMF has received a number of reports of one or more individuals using this scam to attempt to extract money from insurance firms. The scammers, impersonating the CEO of a firm, send an e-mail to actual employees of the targeted firm in order to trick them into taking certain actions. For example, they might ask the employee to transfer funds from one account to another.
To give more credibility to their e-mails, which appear to be from the CEO’s e-mail address, the scammers indicate that certain steps must be taken in order to comply with AMF regulations. In addition, the e-mails are copied to a fake AMF e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org). The AMF does not own the domain lautorite-qc.com and therefore does not control it.
The Autorité des marchés financiers is the regulatory and oversight body for Québec’s financial sector.
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