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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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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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