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FSCO issues warning over spam email appearing to come from the regulator

December 22, 2016   by Canadian Underwriter

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The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has issued a warning about a spam email using the domain name and email address, which it said has been transmitting a computer virus to unsuspecting members of the public.

The warning, on Thursday, said that the email appears to be sent by a FSCO employee named Richard with the aforementioned email and also appears to be sent to the email address The two emails are not authorized FSCO email addresses and the spam email is not being sent by FSCO or any member of its staff, the regulator said in a press release.

The release said that the spam email informs the public that they have been subpoenaed by the Washington, DC-based Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and includes a link titled “FTC Subpoena.” The link is believed to contain malicious software, which could infect a computer when an unsuspecting person clicks on it.

According to the release, the spam email also states that Richard Kent is a senior accountant with the FTC. “At this time, there are no records of a person named Richard Kent employed by the FTC as a senior accountant, and there is no connection between FSCO and the FTC,” the release said.

Recipients of the email from are encouraged to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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