We would like to bring to the
notice of the general public that several types of financial scam
messages and/or letters purporting to be sent by MONEYVAL or authored by
its Executive Secretary are currently in circulation.
These messages inform the individuals concerned that they have won a
lottery or that they are entitled to receive large sums of monies, often
as an inheritance. The individual is systematically instructed to send
their personal bank details or to pay advance fees, and sometimes it is
indicated that the funds would be blocked or confiscated by MONEYVAL in
cases of failure to carry out such payments.
Please note that MONEYVAL is not connected in any way with these
fraudulent mails. Contrary to what is stated in these scam messages or
letters, MONEYVAL will not send unsolicited correspondence to any member
of the public requesting that they provide their personal and/or bank
details or that they make any sort of financial transaction.
As such, MONEYVAL does not authorize, verify, monitor or assist in
contract or inheritance payments between third parties and/or
Governments, nor does it endorse the activity of any bank, financial
institution or other public or private agency. It never requests fees,
produces clearance orders nor has the capacity to block any account or
If you have received such e-mails, you are advised to terminate all
further contacts with the scammers, and in the event that you have sent
them information or funds, contact your local law enforcement
If you still have doubts about the authenticity of a message which would appear to have
been sent by MONEYVAL or which makes reference to such action being
taken by MONEYVAL, do not hesitate to contact us (email@example.com).