In mid-February, the National Securities Market Commission of Spain, CNMV, in charge of regulating assets in that country, recognized that it was the focus of a phishing campaign that usurped its identity to request information and offer to sell it on its behalf.
Strictly speaking, it was a phishing scam, as scammers communicate with their victims through phone calls, with the idea of obtaining personal information. The lure of the scam was the offer to buy bitcoins that were allegedly confiscated from a company accused by the Spanish courts. In turn, they claimed to be part of the anti-fraud department that in fact does not exist. “The Spanish regulator will take legal action against those who carry out these fraud attempts,” according to its president, Rodrigo Buenaventura.
The CNMV recalls that it 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. As soon as it became aware of the facts, the CNMV has carried out various actions, including alerting the State Security Forces and Corps”. The CNMV will undertake the legal actions within its power to prevent and limit these practices. In any case, the CNMV recommends verifying the origin of any communication received on your behalf.
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