Maxwell Carter / Maxwell Cater - Advance Fee Fraud

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.


The Commission has recently become aware of emails received by members of the Public purporting to have been sent by the above named individual.

Within the emails, the above named individual claims to be employed as “head of Mortgage department” with “Northern Bank Limited, Douglas Branch”

The emails claim that a “Ms Fiona Watts” was a customer of the above bank and died in a “ghastly auto accident”. They go on to state that this lady left an account with the bank and seek that the recipient of the emails act as “a new beneficiary cum next of kin” in order to claim the dormant account. The emails ask that the recipient forward various personal details to the sender.

The Commission wishes to draw attention to the following observations regarding the aforementioned emails:

There are genuine holders of Isle of Man Banking Licenses called Northern Bank Limited and Northern Bank (I.O.M.) Limited with Douglas branches. Details of all licence holders of the Commission are available on our website.

There is no person by the name of Maxwell Carter/Cater now or formerly employed by the genuine Northern Bank (I.O.M.) Limited or Northern Bank Limited on the Isle of Man as “head of Mortgage department” or in any other role.

Under the circumstances the Commission feels that these emails are being issued to either tempt the recipient into becoming the victim of an Advance Fee Fraud.

or are an attempt at gaining personal data from the recipient in order to steal their identity.

Under the circumstances the Commission would encourage people receiving emails matching the above description to refrain from responding to them in any way.

Any persons who are already involved in any dealings resulting from the above emails and have concerns should contact the Enforcement Division on +44 1624 689313 or by email to

Any persons who have paid out funds in relation to the above emails or who have provided personal financial details in relation to the above emails should consider contacting their local police fraud unit without delay.

FSC reference: JPM/24/2005