Bogus Employees – Advance Fee Fraud

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

David Duke

Mary Walter

Luke Lawson

Mark Williams

Within the emails the above named individual, David Duke, claims to be “Director (International Banking Division), Fairbairn Private Bank”. The above named Mary Walter (purportedly connected to “Scottish Maria Financial Loan Company Corporation” – sometime mentioned in the email documentation as “Scottish Financial Loan Company Corporation”), Luke Lawson and Mark Williams are mentioned in the email correspondence in connection to advance fee payments to be made in order to access the purported “loan money”. Within the emails, reference is also made to a “Fairbairk Online Bank Plc” (sic).

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

There is a genuine holder of an Isle of Man Banking Licence called Fairbairn Private Bank (IOM) Limited. Details of all licenceholders of the Commission are available on our website www.fsc.gov.im .

Enquiries by the Commission have established that none of the above named individuals have ever now or formerly been employed by the genuine Fairbairn Private Bank (IOM) Limited. They are not genuinely associated in any way with the genuine Fairbairn Private Bank (IOM) Limited.

In the email correspondence seen by the Commission the telephone numbers and email addresses given are not those of the genuine Fairbairn Private Bank (IOM) Limited.

Fairbairk Online Bank Plc 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.

Fairbairk Online Bank Plc is not a holder of Isle of Man Banking Licence. It is not genuinely associated in any way with the genuine Fairbairn Private Bank (IOM) Limited.

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 – see explanatory notice issued by the Commission at:

http://www.iomfsa.im/ViewNews.gov?page=lib/news/iomfsa/westafricanfraud.xml&menuid=11570

OR

are an attempt at gaining personal data from the recipient in order to steal their identity – see explanatory notice issued by the Commission at:

http://www.iomfsa.im/ViewNews.gov?page=lib/news/iomfsa/identitytheft.xml&menuid=11570.

Also see information issued by the Isle of Man Office of the Data Protection Supervisor at:

http://www.gov.im/lib/news/odps/yourinformationy.xml

Under the circumstances the Commission would encourage people receiving emails matching the above descriptions 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 have concerns should contact the Enforcement Division on +44 1624 689314 or by email to [email protected].

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

Any persons who may have any concerns as to whether or not they are dealing with the genuine Fairbairn Private Bank (IOM) Limited may wish to satisfy themselves by contacting the genuine Fairbairn Private Bank (IOM) Limited. Contact details for the genuine Fairbairn Private Bank (IOM) Limited are available on their website at:www.fairbairnpb.com .

FSC Reference: CD/20/2010