Bogus blacklist not published by ICC
London, 8 January 2009

A number of fictitious ‘blacklists’ circulating on the Internet do not originate from the International Chamber of Commerce or any of its divisions. The ‘blacklists’ – purportedly originating from Germany – claim to be from ICC or divisions such as Commercial Crime Services (CCS) and the Financial Investigation Bureau (FIB). 

CCS Director Pottengal Mukundan has dismissed the lists as ‘completely baseless’: “CCS would like to make it clear that our organization does not produce lists of this nature. The contents are entirely false and should not be relied upon.” 

The bogus blacklists were originally mass e-mailed to numerous German companies. The information in the e-mail was not only fabricated but also contained false details with respect to its origin.

Mr Mukundan said: “Although the Internet is a valuable resource it is easily manipulated. This hoax is a nefarious attempt to discredit businesses. Anyone who receives information regarding blacklists from ICC or any of its divisions should disregard it and assume that is false.”

Please note that ICC, its affiliates and divisions do not publish any information concerning the illegal or fraudulent behaviour of individual companies or persons. Any such information purporting to originate from ICC– whether in the form of a “black list” or otherwise–has been published without the knowledge or assistance of ICC and does not have its endorsement or approval. ICC therefore disclaims all responsibility for any such information and any possible prejudice caused by it





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