[UPDATED 10/11/23] Scammers often need to convince people that they have transferred money to them, or that money is waiting for them in an account. To receive that money, the person needs to pay a fee to get the money released.  Or sometimes scammers use Fake Banks to convince someone that the scammer has the money to enter into a partnership and are waiting for the victim to transfer their share to the project.  And sometimes they trick people into depositing money into a fake bank to earn absurdly high interest rates, only to have your money and the bank disappear!  Read the emails below to see some of these scams that began with an email. However, we’re going to start with one email from a Mr. August T Kouame from Oritza Capital Bank.   

Notice that Mr. Kouame’s email came from a personal Gmail account.  But what is MOST striking about this scam email is that it contained a link to a FAKE bank’s website OritzaBank.com. Our investigation of this ONE FAKE BANK website led us to more than 80 other fake bank websites!  Most of them appear to have been created by the same criminal group in the last three years! (Also, visit our related article about fake investment and financial services!) These bank/investment scams are a COMMON scam and happen weekly!


From: IBRD WORLD BANK <ibrdworldbank1@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Feb 20, 2022 at 6:32 PM
Subject: As it may interest you to know!

Attention beneficiary,

The World Bank Group(WBG),Financial Intelligence Unit write to us in accordance to the payment obligation of the general welfare clause and the uniformity clause article I,Section 8 of the world financial constitution.They authorize a payment advise in the sum of $3.7 Million USD payable to you within 7 working days.

In furtherance with their letter,it was noted that the above mentioned Funds was due to be released to you few years back as part of United Nations Compensation scheme but some individuals took advantage of the scheme for their fraudulent exercise and delayed your funds till date.

Therefore,the world bank international fund security unit,International Transfer Bond(ITB) World bank seal of remittance in conjunction with IBRD have intercepted the mischievous act and mandate Oritza Capital Bank to make payments to you with immediate effect.

We hereby urge you to kindly establish communication with Oritza Capital Bank  with below contact information hence they have been informed regarding the release of the US$3.7 million USD through their telegraphic online wire transfer system and they are waiting for your email response to guide you further.

Please contact them via their website:  https://oritzabank.com  or Email: contact@oritzabank.com

Thanks and do let us know your dealings with the Bank especially once you receive the fund and be advised to adhere to their instructions to achieve the transfer successfully

Auguste T Kouame



1st Capital Investment Bank: https://1stcapinvtb.com
“African Development Bank Group”: https://afridbnk.com/contact.html (+234 808 173 3518)-Registered 2/8/22 in Nigeria
Aldom Capital Bank: https://www.aldom-capital.com/ (Registered 11/6/2022) +46 70 194 38 62
Alister Bank:
All Capital Fnd  allcapitalfnd.com (Registered 1/23/2023)
AllcUnion Bank
Alliance Bank:
Alliance Bank Services: https://alliancefundservice.com/banking/ (+1 717 200 983023 and +44 738 037 361188)
Alto Trust Bank BVI:
https://altotrustbank.com/  (+1 855 336 1438) (registered privately 3/4/2021 but claims to be in business since 1999)
Ameginc Bank: https://amegincbank.com+1-817-601-8139
ARAS Holding:
https://www.arasholding.me/index.html  (+971 4 3401015)
Agro-Funds House: https://agro-funds.com/index.html (+442076600709 and +32467838847)
ApexOptionPlus Trading Services: https://apexoptionplus.com/index.php (+1 (904) 515-2315)
Bank of Allies:
https://www.bankofallies.com/ (+12077078814)
Bank of Communications https://www.bocomuk.com/ 
Bank Skyline:
https://bankskyline.com/about.html (+1 424 216 9202)
Bankside Investments Ltd. https://bsideinvestltd.com (+44 736-053-2001)
“Barclays Bank” (Pretending to the be real Barclays)
bclregionalsuk.com (Registered 3/17/2023)
BDC Bank
Beta Teller Bank
Bill Trust Bank
https://btregional.com/    +1 (385) 324-5583 (registered 8/10/2021)
Blazer Capital Inc
https://blazer-capital.com +1 332-203-8368 / +507 836-7569 (registered 3/20/23) (Not to be confused with blazercapital.com)
Blue Whale Bank:
https://www.bluewhalebank.com/about (+44 7383 651313)
British Royal Bank: https://BritishRoyalBank.com
Cadwell Bank: https://www.cadwellbank.com/ (+1 402-503-8093)
“Capital One Bank”  https://capitalonbk.com (Contact link points to Alister Bank above)
Capital One Financial Corp: https://capitalonecorps.com/
Castle Trust Private Bank: https://castletrustprivatebank.com/index.php 
Central Bank of Europe:
cbe-europa.eu (Registered 7/12/22)
Central Bank of Nigeria: https://centralbank-ng.org (This is not the domain for the real Central Bank of Nigeria!)
Classic Finance National Bank:
classicfinnatb.com (Registered 2/21/2022)
ClayMax Global Bank:
claymaxglobalbank.com (Registered 12/6/22)
Doo-ci (Dooci) Bank 
www.doo-ci[.]com. (registered 3/8/2021) – malware trap now on this domain as of 3/27/23
Epi Bank:
https://www.epi-bank.com/about.php (+420 777 172 247)
Emirates Habib Commercial Bank: https://emirateshabibcb.com/ (registered privately 2/23/2022)
Envision Credit Union:
https://www.envisioncureview.com/ (Registered 3/13/2023) – This bank mimics a real Envision Credit Union Bank
Express Canada Bank:
https://www.exbc.ca/Newsandhapenings (888-469-0999)
Fairway Trust Corporation: fairwaytrustcorporation.com (317-217-8317) (registered 3/23/2023)
FCP Management and Consulting Ltd:
https://www.fcpconsult.uk  (+44 7452 113102 and +44 7706 881596) (Registered 10/3/2023)
First Abu Dhabi Bank:
www.1stabudbk[.]com (WARNING: Found to be malicious!) Phone: (971) 52-2406957 (Registered in Iceland in June, 2023)
First Equity Investment Bank:
First Global Union Bank
First Investment Bank   
https://firstinvestmentbk.com   +1 (720) 772-9046.  (registered 1/14/2023)
FirstNBUSA Bank (or FirstNUSA Bank):
https://firstnbusa.com/about (+717-5768-486)
First TenBank https://firsttenbank.com/
Forestwood Bank:
https://forestwoodbank.com/about (+1 (352) 593-0284)
Gold Bank:
https://gold-banking.com/ (1-600-1234-567)
Gold Capital Finance: https://goldcapitalfinance.com/
Glimtched Bank https://glimtched.com/ 
Global Finance Plc Bank 
https://globalfbplc.com/ (registered 5/10/2022) +44 (793) 864 7527
Global International Bank:
Global Trades AG Limited: https://global-trades.world
Greenfield Prudent Financial Services:
greenfieldpfs[.]com (WARNING: Malware found on site; do NOT visit!)
Guarantee Funds Bank:
Hab First Bank (of New York): https://habfirst.com/home/ (registered 12/21/2022) customerservice@habfirst.com
Hasheem Investments Holding Ltd. https://hasheeminvestment.com
Havin International Bank:  
http://havininternational.com (registered 12/19/2022)
Hero Trust & Pensions Limited: herotrust[.]byethost17[.]com (WARNING: Malware detected on site!)
HSBC Bank Malaysia Bank:
https://infohsbc.net (This domain was registered in 2016 but used in a “419” scam in March, 2023)
International Commercial Bank Ghana Limited:
http://icbbank-gh.com (Registered 12/4/2022)
International Standard Bank:
IrvTruBank https://irvtrubank.net/ 
Lake Trust Bank:
https://www.laketrustbank.com/ (863 305 2796 and +372 609 3041)
Lending Capital https://lendingcapital.online/ 
MacLaren Global Capital:
https://maclarenglobalcapital.com (+1(412) 347-5021)
Maxine International Finance: https://www.maxineinternationalfinance.com/ (+32 460 221565)
Mayfair Guaranty Trust Bank:
Mega Trust Financial Group https://www.mtrfingrp.info/ 
Middle East Africa Invest:
https://middleeastafricainvest.com (Registered 3/24/2022)
Moneta Trust Bank: 
DO NOT VISIT! Malware found on site: monetatbk[.]com
Monetary Choice Bank (MCB) https://monetarychoicebank.com/   (+1 757-266-5000)
Moqra Finance Bank
https://moqrafinance.com/ (Founded in 2007 but their website was registered on 11/29/2022 in Iceland)
Morgan Trust Offshore Bank:
 https://morgantrustoffshore.com/ (+1 (563) 231-4280)
My Royal Banc: https://www.myroyalbanc.com/ (+46-70-381-46 54)
National Security Bank USA:
Nanka Microfinance Bank: https://www.nankamfb.com/about.html (+234 810 138 5669)
Neelachal Finance
Noor Bank:
https://www.nrbuae.com/p/about.php# (04-2227735 SMS only)
Online U Head (UBS Head):
https://onlineubshead.com (+41 44-234-1122) (registered on 11/15/2022)
Opal Bank Limited:
https://opalbankplc.com/about (+33757906177)
Oritza Capital Bank: https://oritzabank.com (+1 (202) 810-1100)
OSU Trust Bank: https://osutrust.com/ (+447488817973 / info@osutrust.com)
Pacific Trade Bank:
https://www.pacifictradebank.com/ (+1 (520) 883 8336)
Palm Spring Bank: https://palmsbk.com/ (founded in 1999 but website registered privately on 5/10/2022)
Pato Wealth Management:
https://patowmgmt.eu/ (+32 466 166 263, +32 28 88 33 65) Registered July, 2022, hosted on a server in Mumbai, India
Phoenix Banks Inc.:  https://pbinc.info (registered 1/19/2022 in Iceland through Namecheap)
Pipal Bank: https://pipalbank.com/
Platinum Global Bank: http://www.platinumgf.com/ (Also using info@platinumglobalfinance.com  / Phone +1 PLATINUM)
Premier Finance Bank https://premierfinancebank.com/ 
Premium Trade Options Online Trading Services:
https://www.premiumtradeoptions.net/ (+1 253 655 9134)
Prime Stand Bank
https://primestandbanking.com (registered in February, 2020) (Phone # too short: 656600829)
Prime Stand Bank
(2) https://primestandbankco.com/ (registered 6/12/2022) +1 (470) 222-3047 | +1 (540) 748-8848
Radius Bank
Royal Havilland Bank
royalhavillandb.com  (registered 5/2/2021) +44 7438168358 royalhavillandbankplc@englandmail.com
Royal Trust Finance Bank:
Save Trust Bank:
Sempe Banken: https://sempebanken.com/index.php 
South City Capital Bank:
https://southcitycapital.com (Registered 1/5/2023) +1 2513080490
Southern City Capital 
www.southerncitycapital.com (VirusTotal shows them as malicious!)
Spring Bank Holdings:  
https://springbankholdings.com/ (registered in Malaysia 4/3/2022 but claims to be in business since 1999)
Springwell Bank:
Stanbic Bank
stanbicbgha.com (registered 3/7/2023) +233 509367382 info@stanbicbgha.com
Standard Equity Bank:
https://standardequitybnk.com/  (Registered 3/7/2023)
Standard One Finance
Standard Remit Bank
Stark Holdings Banking Services:
https://stark-holdings.com/en/about.html (1-600-1234-567)
Starmic Bank: https://starmicbank.com/ (424-272-5092)
States Enterprise Bank: https://statesenterprisefinance.com/ (804-372-7738) (Registered 1/19/2023) – also called States Enterprise Finance
Sun City Captial Bank:
https://www.suncity-capital.com/ (Registered 11/18/2022) +46 70 194 38 62
Sunray International Bank in Thailand:
https://sunrayinternationalb.com/  (​​+66 65 013 6761)
Swiftway Trust Bank swiftwaytrust.com AND swiftwaytrustb.com
Tbsbplc Bank:
Tek Financial Bank:
https://www.tekfinancial.io/contacts.html (1-800-1234-567)
Tesco Bank https://tscb.online/ 
Titorga Banking Services:
https://titorga.com/  ((920) 474-5262)
TrustFSB (also called West Pillar Finance):
https://tustfsb.com/index.html (+18173827942)
TSB Banking (also NexoCoinFloorExchange):
http://www.nexocoinfloorexchange.com/  (1-800-1234-567)
UBS Official Bank: https://ubsofficial.org/ (+41 33-826 35 55)
UK Habitat Bank Limited  habitatbaukltd[.]com (registered 10/22/2021) +447418347669 info@habitatbaukltd.com
UniAlianz Capital Banking Corporation Ltd. 
Union Investment Financial
United Best Africa Security Bank 
ubasb[.]com (registered 5/22/2020) +233 (0) 303 965 706  info.ubasb@gmail.com
United Gate of America Bank
https://unitedgateofamerica.online/ (Seriously?)
United Heritage Bank:
https://unitedhb.org/ (+1 (302) 956‑1981)
FAKE Knock-0ff of VBT Bank & Trust: https://vbtbnk-trust.com (not to be confused with the real bank: vbtbank.com)
Vergeshore Bank:
https://vergeshore.net/contact.php (+90 (548) 824)
Vintage Bank: https://vintagebank.pw/ (1-600-1234-567)
Vista Pay Bank: https://livedemo.zemez.io/html/vistapay/index.html NOTE: This may be the original bank design for MOST of these scam banks!
https://wavescoin.net (Registered 3/9/2023)
World Military Bank:
https://www.worldmilitarybank.com/about (+44 7459 235713)
Xtera Bank:


There are many ways to tell if an online bank is a fraud.  Here are a few key things to check….

1. How old does the bank say it is? Will a WHOIS lookup confirm the age of the bank? Many of the banks above said they have been in business since 2009 or 2012 or 2015 but a WHOIS lookup shows that the website was registered a few months or a couple of years ago!

2. Does the bank provide a physical address and a phone number? Search them in Google to see what turns up. Can you find the store front of that bank on a street? No? Fraud!  One of the above banks listed their address as a bus stop in Washington, DC. MANY of the fake banks above listed the SAME ADDRESS as 2130 Fulton Street, San Diego, CA 94117-1080 USA and provided no phone number or an obvious bogus phone number!

3. Does your bank tell you who are some of the Bank employees or Board members? Conduct reverse image search on their photos to see what turns up.  Many of the fake banks above used the exact same people on their websites.

4. Does your bank provide reviews by people telling you how great the bank is?  Copy and paste their reviews into Google. Do these reviews show up on other banking sites?  Do these people have the same names or different names? 

5. Some of the above banks have copied REAL information from a REAL Bank but posted that information on a fake similar sounding website. Examples above include the African Development Bank Group. The real ADBG can be found at AFDB.org and was registered in 1994! But afridbnk.com was registered on February 8, 2022! (Just 2 weeks ago). Also “Capital One Bank” is a well-known US Bank but the scam site above uses the domain Capitalonbk.com.

6. An important note: Sometimes criminals create a fake bank domain that is SLIGHTLY different from the legitimate bank domain name. They hope you don’t notice!  For example, at the end of February, 2022 a cybercriminal emailed a possible victim from the domain oorabank.net. This scam domain was registered back in early May, 2021 by someone named “Peter Anderson” from “12 kings ave, Laurel, MD.”  But there is NO Kings Ave. in Laurel, Maryland!  Also, the REAL Bank domain is orabank.net! It was registered in 2010 in Togo and is a real bank there.



We have found so many fake banks and have so many reasons to explain WHY they are fake that we could write a 500 page book explaining all of the details!  To save you, and us, the time, here are just a few of the many hundreds of pieces of evidence we’ve gathered on all these websites.  These methods represent several different ways that we look at a website’s information to consider it as legitimate or not.  Enjoy! (Click on the images to enlarge them.)

1. REVERSE IMAGE SEARCH: Use Google to conduct a reverse image search of Bank employees. You may find that the image is found on multiple sites, or is a stock image purchased from any one of dozens of image-selling services, or is an image stolen from a real person who is the given a fake name!
Let’s start with this screenshot of the “Founders” of Save Trust Bank. The founders include “Max Turner,” the Financial Analyst, and “Christopher Adams” a Co-Founder. A reverse image search of the photo of Co-Founder Christopher Adams shows up as a stock photo that can be purchased from iStockPhoto.com.  When we conducted a reverse image search of the photo of “Max Turner,” we found it on more than 19 other fake bank websites! And the photo of “James Jameson” is a stock photo that was used, for example, on this blog post by author Randy Shattuck.

2. SEARCH FOR CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS: Testimonials are often fake or stolen from legitimate websites and pasted into a scammer’s website. Sometimes you’ll discover that a testimonial is used over and over on multiple scam sites posted by the same criminal gang.

We had a FIELD DAY with this one!  We found testimonials from “Mildred Bates” on so many fake bank websites.  Sometimes they used the same photo of “Mildred Bates” and sometimes they swapped photos with another testimonial character.  Mildred said “When I needed financial assistance to expand my shop, I went directly to [BANK NAME]. Securing financing helped us renovate and expand my jewelry shop and attract more clients.”  Check out just a few of the banks on which this quote was found! (We encourage you to copy several different sentences from a website and paste them into Google using QUOTES before and after the sentence to see what Google will find! Using quotes tells Google to search for only the exact words as written.)

3. USE A WHOIS TOOL TO EVALUATE WHEN THE WEBSITE WAS FIRST REGISTERED. If a bank tells you that it has been in business since 1999, or 2009 or 2015, then the date on which the bank registered their website should be in that same year, if not earlier!  Compare the dates below with the dates that a WHOIS tells us that these websites were registered.

Oritzabank.com was registered on February 16, 2022!

ArasHolding.me was registered on May 4, 2020 in Iceland!

CastleTrustPrivateBank.com was registered on December 12, 2019 in Iceland!

1st CAPITAL INVESTMENT BANK  (1stcapinvtb.com) is a FAKE BANK 

(12/24/20) This “bank’s” website very clearly shows that it is an online bank offering personal and business accounts, online access and lending services.  Except it’s not.  It was a fraudulent site created by Nigerian 419 scammers in May, 2019 and used multiple times to trick people into believing that money was waiting in accounts for them if they would only pay various fees required to release it. (We contacted Namecheap.com, the hosting service of this scam site, and it was taken down 2 days later!) This “American Bank” domain was registered anonymously in the Netherlands through a European Union registrar service. Below these screenshots are a group of emails sent to a gentleman who was enlisted to received money from an account held in this bank because he shared the same last name as an account holder.  Total BS! But the man knew it and enjoyed exposing these scammers and wasting their time!

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Mr. Moon Liggens {FCIB Limited} <moon.liggens@1stcapinvtb.com>
Date: Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 5:48 PM
Subject: Re: Autoresponder

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for contacting Mr. Moon Liggens.

This is a confirmation that I received your message.
I shall be responding shortly.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Moon Liggens
Foreign Department
First Capital Investment Bank Ltd
300A Bath Street, G2 4LH, Glasgow, England
Emails: moon.liggens@1stcapinvtb.com
Website: https://1stcapinvtb.com/en/

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Mr. Rodney Smith <smithmr.rodney@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 1:32 AM
Subject: Re: Hello:Sir,


We are making progress.
Following my previous message, my partner had successfully inserted your information in the bank’s system as the next of kin to Adam Lesson. You are now the rightful beneficiary of the USD $17,500,000.00 in the bank’s record.

In view of the above, you are now required to contact the bank for the official claim of the USD $17,500,000.00. Find the bank’s contact information below;

Bank: First Capital Investment Bank Limited
Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Contact Officer: Mr. Moon Liggens
Tel: +44 141 536 0809
Email: moon.liggens@1stcapinvtb.com
Website: https://1stcapinvtb.com/en/

Send a message to the bank now using the above email address. While writing the bank, inform them that you are a distance relative to Adam Lesson and the true beneficiary of his estate. Also inform them that you write to claim the USD $17,500,000.00 left behind at the bank by him. Ask the bank to give you guideline on how to claim the USD $17,500,000.00.

My partner will ensure that your application receives express attention. Therefore you should make haste and contact the bank.

While communicating with the bank, do not inform them that you have a partner in the bank. This transaction should be handled confidentially even among your close friends/relatives. Do not tell anybody about it till we conclude the transaction.

Get back to me immediately you contact the bank. Please do not respond to the bank without seeking my advise. It is my duty to guide you and ensure we have a successful deal. Therefore I must guide you at all times to avoid mistake.

When is the best time to reach you on your above telephone number? At this stage we need to talk over the telephone.
Waiting for your feedback.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Rodney Smith
Tel: +447452185727

On Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 5:56 PM Mr. Rodney Smith <smithmr.rodney@yahoo.com> wrote:

Thank you for your reply with personal details.
I have briefed my partner on the development and we are both very happy that finally we found someone who we can present to the bank.

Your information will be submitted to the bank tomorrow for the processing of the transaction. My partner at the bank will be supervising the processes at the bank.
Before then, I will be proposing the terms that will bind our partnership so that we will neither forget nor go contrary to our agreement at the end of the transaction.

The three of us involved will go on equal share at the end of the transaction. We will earn 30% of the USD $17,500,000.00 each which is equivalent to USD $5,250,000.00 (Five Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) at the end of the transaction.

The remaining 10% will be reserved for expenses and tax that maybe incurred during the execution of the transaction. Whatever that remains from the 10% at the end of the transaction, will equally be shared also.

Urgently acknowledge your receipt of this message and its acceptance so that we can move forward.

I am waiting.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Rodney Smith
Tel: +447872237765

On Mon, Dec 14, 2020 at 5:04 PM Mr. Rodney Smith <smithmr.rodney@yahoo.com> wrote:

Thank you for your reply.
Let me start by introducing myself, I am Mr. Rodney Smith. I live and work in Glasgow, United Kingdom. I have years of experience in Principal Investment, Private equity and Project Financing.

A top banker friend of mine uncovered a dormant account that has USD $17,500,000.00 (Seventeen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). The account belongs to one Adam Lesson. The account had been abandoned for over ten years. All efforts to locate the immediate relatives of Mr. Adam failed

My friend had asked me to get a partner who bears same last name “Lesson” as Mr. Adam so that we can present the person to the bank for the claiming of the above sum. This is why I am contacting you. I want you to assist us in repatriating the money. It is a deal between us. You will be greatly compensated. Part of our share will be invested in your country. You will be presented to the bank as the Next of Kin to the original depositor of the funds. Necessary documents and information will be made available to you at every stage.

I need your understanding to get this money out from the bank. There is no risk involved. With my friend at the bank, everything will be smoothly done. To proceed, kindly provide your following details;

Telephone number:

I am waiting for your immediate reply.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Rodney Smith


British Royal Bank (BritishRoyalBank.com) is a Fake Bank

One of our readers has been playing along with a group of 419 scammers in Africa during the Fall, 2020. These scammers think they have convinced this man that a lot of money is waiting for him in bank accounts and he only needs to pay various fees to have it released.  To the contrary, the man is playing with the scammers, stringing them along to see how they play out their story.  It’s been fun to watch!  These scammers have created two fake banks…

The domain for “British Royal Bank” (britishroyalbank.com) was registered anonymously on November 6, 2020 in Canada. Here is the WHOIS record…

You can see that a Google search for this bank in early November turns up absolutely nothing about this bank, other than a recent reference to a phishing scam…

For additional proof that “BritishRoyalBank.com” is a scammer’s domain, we visited a website in Europe called “TheBanks.eu.”  In their own words, The Banks states TheBanks.EU is an independent Internet project aiming to provide accurate and up-to-date information about banking services in European countries and their dependent territories in order to help potential investors to find a bank satisfying their requirements.” Their online database has information on more than 9000 banks across Europe and the UK.  TheBanks.EU has NO INFORMATION WHATSOEVER on British Roya Bank.

Global International Bank (GlobalInternationalBank.co.uk) is a Fake Bank

The same scammers who are being played by our TDS reader also created another fake bank in June, 2020 that they call “Global International Bank” (globalinternationalbank.co.uk).  You can see by the WHOIS record that it was created on June 27 in the United Kingdom. (“.uk”). Once again, a Google search turns up nothing legitimate about this bank other than references to phishing and fraud scams.

And the very legitimate website TheBanks.eu, has never heard of “Global International Bank” across the European Union and the UK…

AsiaPacificNational.com is a Fake Bank

One of our readers sent us a link to a bank located at asiapacificnational.com, telling us that it is very likely a fraud.  We agree! This “bank” claims to be Asia Pacific Group by OCBC Bank and located at 225 W. Hospitality Ln. Suite 200, San Bernardino, CA, USA.  They say they are “FDIC” insured and offering CD’s paying 3.5%.  The best CD rates on September 2, 2020, according to BankRate.com, are about 1%.  Here is a screenshot taken of the Asia Pacific Group found at asiapacificnational.com on September 2, 2020:


OCBC is a real banking organization called Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation, and headquartered in Singapore.  However, the OCBC website which lists all branches of its group, does not show a branch in San Bernardino, California.  In fact, it doesn’t show any branch in California. And we know that this bank called “Asia Pacific Group” on their website, is not part of the real Asia Pacific Group because that multinational group is an organization that focuses on international banking crime.

It turns out that the domain asiapacificnational.com was registered just two weeks ago in Russia on August 19, 2020!  The website for it is hosted on a server in Victoria, Seychelles –an island in the Indian Ocean.

We also found that another organization seems to occupy the exact same address where Aisia Pacific Group (National) says that it located at 225 W. Hospitality Ln. Suite 200, San Bernardino, CA, USA.  According to their website, the Nu-Era Home Health Agency occupies this address.

The TDS reader who brought this fake bank to our attention tried calling the phone number on their website, 626-313-1611, and told us that he only got a voice message machine and no one returned his call.  When we searched for this phone number in Google, we found it listed as the phone number for a very sketchy Facebook page for “BigMoneyGettas Business”

A search using Google for asiapacificnational.com finds nothing at all about this website.  Instead, Google returns information for a different banking group called AsianPacificBank.com. This has no association to our fake bank!  Asian Pacific Bank also lists its branches and show no branch in San Bernardino, California.  Also, the website for the real Asian Pacific Bank was registered in 2002.

Once again, all of this simply means that you can’t believe everything you see on the Internet.  It is simply to easy to deceive others.  Stay away from asiapacificnational.com !