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Beware of Scams using INTERPOL’s Name

Have you received an email claiming to be from INTERPOL?

Beware! This is Always a Scam.

Don’t be Tricked!

INTERPOL never contacts members of the public directly, never demands money from people and will never ask for your bank details or any money transfer.

We are aware of scams misusing our name. These are usually intended to convince you to send money to the scammers, who use our name because it sounds serious and legitimate.

Don’t be misled by official-looking stamps or names in the letters or emails. This correspondence (emails or messages) is fake.

Examples of tricks used by scammers:

 

“You are in our database as having been hacked. Please contact us so we can check if you are a victim.”

This one doesn’t ask straight out for money, but seems to be concerned for your welfare. This is probably just a first step, and once you contact them, could led to requests for funds.

INTERPOL does not contact people who are in its databases. And we don’t have a database of people who are hacked.

“Once you have sent us the funds, INTERPOL will issue a letter of authorization so we can unlock your account.”

INTERPOL does not issue any kind of authorization letter related to unlocking funds.