G4S hit by hoax claiming its CFO had been 'terminated'

The fake corporate website has now been taken down, but not before some journos were snared.

by Rachel Savage

G4S has been hit by an elaborate hoax, claiming its chief financial officer Himanshu Raja had been ‘terminated’ and its 2013 and first-half 2014 accounts had been ‘overstated’ by £386m, on the same day the FTSE 100 outsourcer released an upbeat trading statement.

A fake press release was posted on G4S-plc.com, a website which appeared to be exactly the same as G4S.com in every other way. It was also emailed to a number of business journalists and investors. The website has now been taken down and a spokesperson confirmed it wasn’t real.

The fake site...

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