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Latvian central bank warns about scammers

The Latvian central bank (Latvijas banka, LB) warned the public July 5 to be on guard against suspected fraudsters using the bank's name as part of a potential scam. 

"Recently, we have encountered several cases of attempted fraud using the Bank of Latvia's name - including requesting information on the financial status of members of the population, spreading false information, as well as allegations of incorrect non-cash transfers," said a statement from LB. 

"We urge residents to be especially careful, not to get "caught out" by fraudsters and in case of any doubt to call the Bank of Latvia and ask whether the previously received call or the information published on the Internet is really related to the Bank of Latvia. In cases of suspected fraud, please contact and report to the State Police!"

According to the Information Technology Security Incident Prevention Institution CERT.lv, fake news has been actively disseminated recently, in which well-known people allegedly advertise investments in the bitcoin cryptocurrency. Among these false reports are those in which such investments are presented with the endorsement of the Bank of Latvia and its officials. 

"This information is false and is likely to be distributed for fraudulent purposes. The Bank of Latvia has informed both CERT.lv and the State Police about this false information," LB said.

The central bank also said members of the public had been bothered by calls from people claiming that to be conducting a sociological survey on behalf of the Bank of Latvia, and asking for personal details. 

"We draw your attention to the fact that the Bank of Latvia does not conduct such a survey and has no connection with such persons," LB stated.

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