The CNMV, Spain’s securities regulator, warns of imitators claiming to sell Bitcoin on your behalf, but what they seek is to swindle.
The National Securities Market Commission of Spain, CNMV, that nation’s securities regulator issued a warning about an unknown person or group soliciting information from users and offering to sell Bitcoin on his behalf, posing as the institution.
Fraudsters communicate with their victims through phone calls, requesting personal information and offering the “benefit” of buying bitcoin which were allegedly confiscated from a company accused by the Spanish courts. They say that they belong to a fake anti-fraud department of the organization. All of that is a lie.
In its notice, the CNMV indicates that it has already reported this irregularity to the authorities to find those responsible and frustrate these initiatives. He stated that as soon as it became aware of the facts, the CNMV carried out various actions, including alerting the State Security Forces and Bodies.
In addition, the Spanish regulator will take legal action against those who carry out these fraud attempts, according to its president, Rodrigo Buenaventura.
The CMNV made a series of prevention recommendations and asked citizens who have been contacted to report these activities to the authorities. The organization asked citizens to be aware of calls made on their behalf and, in case of suspicious situations or strange requirements, to contact the regulator directly.
Likewise, the Spanish securities regulator advised users verify that the CNMV emails come from the domain cnmv.es, and ensure the origin of the source, to rule out the existence of strange links outside the institution.
At the same time, the institution clarified that it will never contact any citizen to present an investment opportunity, nor to charge citizens for any information. Any such contact should be considered suspicious and should be reported to the authorities, who will then follow up on the report.
It explicitly says: “The CNMV is a supervisory body that in no case offers investments and never asks investors for any type of information or personal data over the phone.”
It also tells citizens to be wary of any communication that includes a request for confidential, financial, or personal information or includes any suspicious-looking links.
More and more impersonation scams
There are more and more identity theft scams or phishing, so it is important to be informed and always verify the origin of the messages. Just this month, the world’s largest exchange, Binance, alerted users to a “massive” phishing scam being carried out via text messages.
Likewise, late last year, an investigation found that a series of phishing attacks targeting crypto wallet users such as meta mask Y Phantomhad stolen more than $500,000 worth of cryptocurrencies.
Here you can learn more about the type scams phishing.
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