This notice is issued by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) in accordance with the powers conferred upon it under Section 30 of the Financial Services Act 2008.
For the reasons set out below, the FSA would strongly urge persons considering dealing with this potentially fraudulent entity to exercise the greatest possible caution before proceeding, bearing in mind the contents of this public notice.
The FSA has recently become aware of the website http://duncanlawriepbnk.com purporting to represent the genuine Duncan Lawrie companies namely Duncan Lawrie (IOM) Limited, Duncan Lawrie Offshore Services Limited, Duncan Lawrie Limited and Duncan Lawrie Asset Management (‘Duncan Lawrie Group’) which are located and regulated in the Isle of Man and UK respectively.
The bogus website http://duncanlawriepbnk.com is an almost exact replica of the genuine website of the Duncan Lawrie Group and purports to offer the same banking and financial services as the genuine bank.
The FSA wishes to draw attention to the following observations:
The telephone and fax numbers used by these entities on the stated websites namely +44 7937 431 018 and +44 (0) 7937 431 064 are not used by, or known to, the genuine Duncan Lawrie Group.
The FSA has established no association between the entity duncanlawriepbnk.com and any genuine Isle of Man companies or businesses.
The FSA has established no genuine links between the entity duncanlawriepbnk.com and the Isle of Man.
A search of all genuine companies incorporated in the Isle of Man can be conducted at https://services.gov.im/companies-registry/
To offer banking services in or from the Isle of Man requires a licence issued by the FSA.
Under the circumstances, the FSA feels that any person accessing this fraudulent website may potentially become the victim of an Advanced Fee Fraud – see West African Fraud-419 Fraud-Advance Fee Fraud.
It may be an attempt at gaining personal data from the recipient in order to steal their identity – see Identity Theft in the Consumers section.
Also see information issued by the Isle of Man Office of the Data Protection Supervisor at:https://www.gov.im/lib/docs/odps/ds_id_theft_id_fraud.pdf
Any persons who are already involved in any dealings with the above entities and have concerns should contact the Enforcement Division of the FSA on +44 1624 689311 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any persons who have paid funds to duncanlawriepbnk.com should consider contacting their local Police without delay.
If you are confused as to whether or not you are dealing with the genuine Duncan Lawrie group of companies you can visit their genuine website at www.duncanlawrie.com
FSA Reference: NDR/03/2015