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Notice I-20-21

May 13, 2020

Increase in Fraudulent Phishing Emails Warrants Member Vigilance

Recently, a number of institutions including those in the financial industry have reported an increase in fraudulent phishing emails which purport to be from the institution or the institution's employees. Often these emails include domain names that are almost identical to the institution's domain. These often urgent emails may include:

  • An infected attachment or link
  • A request for personal or confidential information
  • A link to a fraudulent website

Although NFA is not aware of a specific NFA-related phishing attempt, NFA reminds all Members to be vigilant when it comes to email requests. All legitimate emails from NFA will come from an address ending in or in the case of NFA's Swaps Proficiency Requirements. Always be sure to scrutinize the sender's address.

In general, Members should not trust unsolicited emails, especially emails that ask for personal or financial information. With any email, Members should verify the sender prior to responding to it and ensure the validity of links or attachments prior to clicking on them.

If you have any questions on this Notice, please contact NFA's Information Center (312-781-1410 or 800-621-3570 or

NFA continues to closely monitor the latest developments related to COVID-19 and its significant impacts on NFA Members and the derivatives industry. Timely information and guidance for Members and the investing public continues to be posted to NFA's dedicated COVID-19 webpage as it becomes available.

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