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Canadian securities regulators issue warning about suspicious emails

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The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has been monitoring its systems for unusual activities after several registrants received e-mails that purport to come from CSA staff.

The CSA is also aware of similar fake e-mails that appear to come from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA) and other security regulators.

The e-mails are believed to be malicious “phishing” attempts by unknown individuals who are trying to obtain personal information or confidential business information. The CSA strongly urges anyone receiving an e-mail from the CSA, IIROC or MFDA to verify:

  1. Is the message from a real CSA, IIROC or MFDA e-mail address?
  2. Is the message from someone you know who works at one of these organizations?
  3. Were you expecting this e-mail?

Should you receive a suspicious e-mail claiming to be from the CSA please contact us at The CSA recommends that recipients of such e-mails immediately change all their e-mail and login passwords.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Pascale Bijoux
Canadian Securities Administrators