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Beware of fake e-mails allegedly from Monaco police

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The Police Department has observed an increase in the number of these scam e-mails. © Monaco Tribune

They contain fake summonses. 

Over the last 48 hours, fraudulent e-mails sent in the name of Monaco’s Direction de la Sûreté Publique (Police Department) have been sent out, apparently at random, from different e-mail addresses, some of which get through the e-mail providers’ spam filters.

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“This is a malicious attempted phishing campaign aimed at swindling potential victims who respond to the message,” the police said.

“These fake and awkwardly written e-mails inform the recipients that they are allegedly implicated in a procedure and ask them to open a document in PDF format, contained in an attachment, as well as to send a reply by e-mail. The fake summons refers to alleged ‘criminal proceedings concerning acts of a sexual nature’ against the recipient of the message.”

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Anyone receiving such a message is advised:

  • NOT to reply to the sender
  • NOT to open the attached PDF file
  • To forward the mail they received to cyber@gouv.mc
  • To flag the mail and/or the sender as Junk/Undesirable in their mailbox.

More broadly, the Police Department reminds us that :

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  • The Police Department never sends summonses of this nature by email.
  • There is only one format for email addresses used by Government departments: xxxx@gouv.mc.
  • Do not trust the sender’s title, which they can choose at will, or the subject of the message.
  • The actual e-mail address of the sender can be checked by touching the < From > field (on a smartphone) or by right-clicking on it (on a PC).
  • Certain e-mail addresses are specially designed to look like legitimate addresses except for one small detail, such as replacing the letter (i) with the letter (l), adding a dot (.) or another character, to create confusion.