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Notice I-21-10

March 03, 2021

NFA warns of fraudulent phishing emails purporting to be from NFA

Last year, NFA warned Member firms of an increase in fraudulent phishing emails in the financial industry. At that time, we were not aware of a specific NFA-related phishing attempt. NFA learned today, however, of an ongoing phishing campaign that involves fraudulent emails purporting to be from NFA staff, including Valerie O'Malley (see Sample Phishing Email below), Regina Thoele and Jennifer Sunu. Other staff member names may be used as well. These emails have a source domain name "@nfa-futures.org" and request an immediate response. They also may include an attachment.

The domain of "@nfa-futures.org" is not connected to NFA, and firms should not open any attachments from this domain and should delete all emails originating from this domain name.

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 @nfa.futures.org, nfanotifications@mailer.nfa.org or @nfa-swaps-proficiency-requirements.moonami.com 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 information@nfa.futures.org).


Sample Phishing Email

Subject: Attn: [FIRM NAME] - [FIRM NFA ID] - Confidential

Hello [Individual Name],

I have been directed to send the attached request for [FIRM NAME] to you. My colleagues have tried contacting you several times via email in the past week.

Please be advised that your urgent response is required.

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Valerie O'Malley
Director, Compliance
National Futures Association
One New York Plaza, #4300 New York, NY 10004
Telephone: [(XXX) XXX-XXXX], Fax: [(XXX) XXX-XXXX]
www.nfa.futures.org
www.nfa-futures.org

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