Martin Campbell and John Morris - 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.

 

(Updated from Public Warning JPM/16/2006 issued 14 March 2006)

The Commission has recently become aware of emails received by members of the public purporting to have been sent by the above named individuals. Within one of the emails, the above named individual, Martin Campbell claims to be an “Auditor with Caymanx Trust Company Ltd, Douglas, Isle of Man, British Isles.”

The email claims that during the course of his auditing the aforementioned Martin Campbell and his colleague “discovered a floating fund of 5,700,000.00 (Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand Pounds) in an account” with their company. The email continues with the claim that “On further investigation we discovered that the owner of the account died from air disaster on November 12th, 2001 (sic)”.

The email seeks the assistance of the recipient “to stand in as the next of kin so that you and I can benefit from this investment equally (i.e. 50% for you and 50% for me).”

This correspondence contains the following contact details for the alleged Martin Campbell purportedly of Caymanx Trust Company Ltd:

“34 Athol Street,

Douglas

Isle of Man,

IM1 1RD,

British Isles.

0044 704 011 3061

The Commission has recently become aware of further emails in which the above named individual, John Morris, claims to be “Director, Wire Department” of “Cayman Trust Inc”. This email gives the same address details as those noted above but gives the following telephone numbers:

+44-871-218-0405

+44-704-011-8680

+44-704-011-8678

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

There is a genuine holder of Isle of Man Banking, Investment Business and Corporate Service Provider Licences called Cayman National Bank and Trust Company (Isle of Man) Limited (formerly known as Caymanx Trust Company Limited) which operates from the address 34 Athol Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1RD. Details of all licence holders of the Commission are available on our website.

There is no “Auditor” or other employee by the name of Martin Campbell nor no “Director, Wire Department” or other employee by the name of John Morris now or formerly employed by the genuine Cayman National Bank and Trust Company (Isle of Man) Limited (formerly Caymanx Trust Company Limited).

Cayman Trust Inc is not a company incorporated within the jurisdiction of the Isle of Man. It is not registered as a foreign company having established a place of business on the Isle of Man. It is not registered as a business name on the Isle of Man.

The telephone numbers quoted in the emails and noted above are not Isle of Man numbers. The numbers quoted do not relate to the genuine Cayman National Bank and Trust Company (Isle of Man) Limited (formerly Caymanx Trust Company Limited).

Under the circumstances the Commission feels that this email is 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 any persons 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 emails matching the above description and who have concerns should contact the Enforcement Division on +44 1624 689315 or by email to [email protected] .

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

FSC reference: KL/13/2006