Montréal - The Québec Autorité des marchés financiers (the "AMF") is warning the public about e-mails sent by persons purporting to be employees of or consultants to the Autorité des marchés financiers of Québec or France asking for personal information.
In a recent case brought to our attention, a person calling himself Daniel Touffu contacted several individuals by Internet allegedly to help them recover money invested or lost through unauthorized on-line trading platforms. The individuals were asked to fill out a form bearing, without authorization, the Québec AMF logo and contact information and to e-mail the form and various banking documents to an address not at all associated with the AMF.
The AMF contacted the individuals targeted by this recent approach and is working with the Autorité des marchés financiers in France to put a stop to this solicitation. The latter recently issued a warning This link will open in a new window regarding this type of activity.
The AMF urges consumers not to respond to this type of solicitation and asks them to quickly report any such incident or contact the AMF Information Centre. To avoid becoming a victim of this type of activity, which is often associated with identity theft, consumers should not respond to requests for personal information without first checking whether the request does in fact originate from the alleged institution.
Visit the AMF's website for more advice on how to prevent fraud.
The Autorité des marchés financiers (the "AMF") is the regulatory and oversight body for Québec's financial sector.
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