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.

12 octubre 2016

INTERPOL training in West Africa to combat money laundering and terrorism financing

28 septiembre 2016

Identifying cybercriminals at core of INTERPOL-Europol conference

08 septiembre 2016

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation in combating corruption in Africa

01 agosto 2016

Ringleader of global network behind thousands of online scams arrested in Nigeria

20 junio 2016

Criminal networks using stolen payment card data targeted in global operation

06 abril 2016

Financial crime focus of Doha conference

31 marzo 2016

Coordinating efforts to better combat cybercrime focus of INTERPOL working group

17 diciembre 2015

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

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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