Bogus IOMFSA emails - firstname.lastname@example.org
This notice is issued by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) in accordance with the powers conferred upon it under Section 30 of the Financial Services Act 2008.
The Authority has recently become aware that businesses in the Isle of Man have received emails purporting to be from the Financial Services Authority, the Island’s financial regulator.
The emails have the heading styled, “December Sanctions Update – Payroll Providers” with the sender being listed as Isle of Man Financial Services Authority email@example.com
The body of the email makes claims regarding the update of sanctions lists and includes two hyperlinks relating to PAYE and Payroll Taxation.
The FSA wishes to draw attention to the following observations:
The FSA has not nor would it ever send out emails using an address other than its’ genuine @iomfsa.im address
The FSA are confident that the aforementioned email is an attempt to defraud individuals or businessesses and we would strongly recommend that the hyperlinks within the emails are not selected.
Under the circumstances, the FSA feels that any person who has accessed the hyperlinks in the email may potentially become the victim of an Advanced Fee Fraud or it may be an attempt at gaining personal data from the recipient in order to steal their identity.
General advice on how to avoid becoming a victim to identity theft and advanced fee frauds can be found on the Action Fraud website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ID and http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/fraud-az-advance-fee-fraud respectively.
Any persons who are already involved in any dealings with the potentially fraudulent email referring to www.financial-survey.com and are concerned that their identity may have been compromised should consider notifying their local Police.
Anyone with general concerns concerning any individual or company holding themselves out as conducting a regulated activity in or from the Isle of Man without the requisite licence or purporting to falsely represent a genuine entity in the Isle of Man should contact the Enforcement Division at the Authority by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
FSA Reference: NR/05/2018