OLAF /06/02 Brussels, the 10th February 2006

According to information received today by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) impostors are currently using the OLAF logo in order to extort money from bank account holders by means of fake requests for payment.

The method followed by the perpetrators is to send fake OLAF letters to individuals accusing them, for example, of having made irregular bank transfers and thus violating money-laundering legislation. These fake letters bear an OLAF logo and a fake OLAF address and they include a request for payment (see sample pdf - 446 KB [446 KB] ).

OLAF advises not to follow any such requests without verifying their origin and calls on the recipients of such letters to report any similar suspicious situations to the police.

Information about OLAF and all other European Union institutions, bodies and agencies may be obtained from these directly or by logging onto the European Union's internet portal.

Alessandro Butticé
Head of Spokesman, Communication and PRUnit
Tel : +32 (0)2 296.54.25
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.81.01
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