Montréal - The Autorité des marchés financiers (the "AMF") is warning corporate officers about recent phishing e-mails stating that takeover bids were about to take place and claiming that an AMF procedure must be followed.
The e-mails, which appear to come from the CEO, generally carry the same message. The person who receives the e-mail, usually the controller or accountant, has been chosen because he or she is trustworthy. The person is asked to send banking information or make a bank transfer to an outside person and to keep everything confidential so as to comply with AMF rules.
In a recent case brought to our attention, the fraudulent e-mail even referred to a supposed AMF representative who would contact the person to confirm the e-mail had been received.
The Autorité des marchés financiers (the "AMF") is the regulatory and oversight body for Québec's financial sector.
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