Letters purporting to originate from Fidelity Bank PLC, Nigeria

This notice is issued by the Financial Supervision Commission (“the Commission”) in accordance with the powers conferred upon it under Section 22 of the Financial Supervision Act 1988.

New Identity Theft Warning
Letters purporting to originate from Fidelity Bank PLC, Nigeria

The Commission have become aware of letters, received by customers of local financial institutions, purporting to originate from Fidelity Bank PLC of 104 Marina Street, Lagos, Nigeria.

The letters allege that a substantial sum of money has accrued as interest on the recipient’s contract sum deposited with Fidelity Bank PLC prior to payment of the principal to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The letters ask the recipient to forward a copy of their passport or driving licence and to complete a detailed questionnaire with their personal details, in order to claim the sum.

There is a genuine Fidelity Bank based in Lagos Nigeria, however, none of the address or contact details appearing in these letters correspond with those publicly available in respect of the genuine bank.

The Commission are seriously concerned that the true purpose of these letters is to enable the identity of the recipient to be stolen.

The Commission strongly advises persons in receipt of these letters not to respond to them.

Any members of the public or institutions who receive these letters and have concerns should contact the Enforcement Division of the Commission by telephoning +44 (0) 1624 689313 or by email at fsc@gov.im

Anybody who has already responded to one of these letters should contact their local Police fraud unit and their bank without delay.

FSC Reference: JPM/22/2003