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Frauds and Scams

Frauds and Scams

ESMA's name and logo are falsely used to promote frauds and scams  in emails, complaint forms, decisions and other documents.

    This correspondence typically includes illegitimate use of the following

    ESMA logo ESMA letter head Signatures of ESMA officials

    Pages from the ESMA website

    These frauds and scams aim to illegally obtain money (directly or through the request for personal details) from individuals or from companies.

    Recipients would typically be asked to provide personal information in order to allow:

    • money transfers; or
    • international payments.

    In order to protect yourself against these unauthorised communications, ESMA advises you to check whether the e-mail received is genuine. For example, you may want to inform your superior in case of suspicious e-mails received in a professional capacity.

    Be aware of the following when making your checks

    • ESMA is a European Supervisory Authority established by Regulation (EU) 1095/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council;
    • ESMA is based in Paris, France and has no affiliates or branch offices elsewhere;
    • ESMA’s emails end with the address @esma.europa.eu. All other email addresses including those with only one letter of difference are fake;
    • ESMA’s telephone number begins with the prefix +33 for France, no other prefix is valid;
    • ESMA’s official website can be found at www.esma.europa.eu

    Any correspondence that requests private information should be treated with caution. If you receive dubious or obviously fraudulent requests, do not access any links or reply or provide personal information.

    If you have doubts or suspicions about the authenticity of any correspondence received that claims to be from or linked to ESMA or its representatives, please forward the concerned emails as an attachment to Info.ESMA@esma.europa.eu.  You may also want to report the suspicious communication to the local police or national public body responsible for investigating financial frauds and scams.

    ESMA can take no responsibility for losses arising from response to such correspondence.

    Please note that ESMA is taking active action, including lodging complaints with the local police, against these activities.