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Social engineering fraud

‘Social engineering fraud’ is a broad term that refers to the scams used by criminals to trick, deceive and manipulate their victims into giving out confidential information and funds.

Criminals exploit a person’s trust in order to find out their banking details, passwords or other personal data.

Scams are carried out online – for example, by email or through social networking sites – by telephone, or even in person.

Email fraud abusing the INTERPOL name

We are aware of emails circulating on the Internet from fraudsters claiming to represent INTERPOL and asking for personal or financial information.

They may imply that they are trying to verify information, or protect you. They may also include a threat that you will be considered a criminal if you do not comply.

INTERPOL does not request personal information from a member of the public by email. Our work is always done through national police officers.

If you receive an email from someone claiming to represent INTERPOL, requesting personal information or bank account information, you should ignore it and treat it as spam.

You should not reply to the message, and you should not provide personal or financial information.

If you have provided information in relation to one of these messages, you should report it as a crime to your local police.

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Más de 500 detenidos en una operación de INTERPOL contra las estafas por teléfono y por e-mail


03 diciembre 2015

INTERPOL training on detecting fake documents aims to enhance border security


25 noviembre 2015

Experts gather at INTERPOL to identify emerging social engineering fraud techniques


18 noviembre 2015

Indian prime minister and INTERPOL Chief discuss cooperation


18 noviembre 2015

La cooperación internacional para la recuperación de activos, objetivo de la conferencia INTERPOL-StAR


06 noviembre 2015

More than 130 detained in global action tackling airline ticket fraud


02 octubre 2015

Identifying fake documents focus of INTERPOL and Frontex workshop


21 septiembre 2015

INTERPOL training in Senegal tackles corruption and financial crimes


06 agosto 2015

Corruption and financial crime focus of INTERPOL training in Botswana


04 agosto 2015

Illegal online gambling in Asia targeted in INTERPOL operation


02 julio 2015

Forensic document examination focus of Balkans INTERPOL training


29 junio 2015

Global action against online air ticket fraudsters sees 130 detained


05 junio 2015

INTERPOL group to field test new ink dating protocols to aid fraud and forgery investigations


02 junio 2015

UK initiative underlines role of due diligence in securing official documents


19 mayo 2015

Reunión de INTERPOL en Bucarest para marcar el rumbo de la seguridad europea


30 enero 2015

Estonia hosts INTERPOL workshop on anti-corruption and financial crimes


28 noviembre 2014

Global action against online fraud in the airline sector nets 118 arrests


16 septiembre 2014

International cooperation against counterfeit currency and travel documents focus of INTERPOL meeting


22 mayo 2014

El examen microscópico de los documentos de seguridad, tema central de una reunión de INTERPOL


30 abril 2014

Desmantelada con la ayuda de INTERPOL una red criminal implicada en una estafa con tarjetas de pago


If you receive an email from someone claiming to represent INTERPOL, requesting personal information or bank account information, you should ignore it and treat it as spam.

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