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IMF Warns of Fake Emails Using its Name

Reuters News Wire (
Fri, 14 Jul 2006 20:14:39 -0500

The International Monetary Fund on Friday warned of a jump in the
number of fraudulent e-mails and communications claiming to be from or
affiliated with the Washington-based multilateral lender.

There has been an apparent spike in such messages recently involving
people in the United States targeting recent immigrants and people in
cities, an IMF official said.

The IMF said U.S. authorities have been informed.

The scams range from "phishing" attacks where the names of IMF
officials are misused to deceive recipients into disclosing personal
financial information to "spoofing" in which a fake IMF Web site was
created with false contact details to mislead potential users, the
fund said.

"The IMF does not send any unsolicited business communications to
individuals," a fund statement said. "The IMF does not operate through
other agents nor endorse the activities of any bank, financial
institution, or other public or private agency."

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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