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Bank customers targeted by fraudsters

23rd August 2010

Fraudsters are using the name of an Isle of Man bank to commit advance fee fraud or to commit identity theft, according to the Financial Supervision Commission.

The fraudsters are pretending to be from Fairbairn Private Bank in the bogus emails. The emails use an email address that is different from the layout of emails the legitimate bank uses, and includes a link to a bogus Fairbairn Private Bank website.

Don’t fall victim to a Fairbairn Private Bank scam

Anyone who receives an email like this should not respond. Anyone who has given out personal information as a result of receiving an email like this should contact their bank immediately.

So far, there have been reports of people falling victim to the Fairbairn Private Bank scam in South Africa. As fraudsters move and change the geographical areas they operate in, UK residents should also be vigilant about this type of fraud. Any UK resident who has lost money to a fraud like this should report it to Action Fraud.

Read more about the Fairbairn Private Bank scam by visiting the Isle of Man government’s website.

Please note: Action Fraud is not responsible for the content on external websites.

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

See also: 
Advance fee fraud
Identity fraud and identity theft
Phishing