FAKE ONLINE BANKS, TRADING & FINANCIAL SERVICES

NOTE: There are now so many fake banks on this page that we recommend visitors use CONTROL-F or COMMAND-F on their browser to open a FIND window to search for a bank’s name if they are looking for a specific bank.

[UPDATED 7/9/24] 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!

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

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

Regards
Auguste T Kouame

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THIS PAGE LISTS 646 FAKE ONLINE BANKS, LOAN & TRADING SERVICES:

(Scroll to the bottom to see 264 fake banks posted in April-June 2024, and another 188 banks that were created by one gang of cybercriminals and added to this list on January 22, 2024)

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:
https://alister-bank.cmsmasters.net
Alister Trust Bank: https://alistertrust-bk.com (Registered 5/21/2023) (Identified by VirusTotal) (A draft of this fake bank was also found in 3 other locations on December 25: alister-bank.cmsmasters.net, ibatfimicrotone.it, and giraffe.barbadospolicecu.com – Barbados Police Credit Union!)
All Capital Fnd 
allcapitalfnd.com (Registered 1/23/2023)
AllcUnion Bank
https://allcunion.com/ 
Alliance Bank:
https://access-allianceonline.com
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
Anshel Logistics / +258 841 234 567 / anshellogistics.com (registered on 11/7/2023)
ARAS Holding:
https://www.arasholding.me/index.html  (+971 4 3401015)
Al Rayan Bank: https://alrayanbank-online.com (NOT the REAL Al Rayan Bank: alrayanbank.co.uk) +441214091470 (registered 4/14/2024; reported on VirusTotal)
Agro-Funds House:
https://agro-funds.com/index.html (+442076600709 and +32467838847)
Anchor Trust International Bank: https://anchortrustinternationalbank.com/ (Offline) AND https://anchortrustinternational.com/ 919-993-1000
ApexOptionPlus Trading Services:
https://apexoptionplus.com/index.php (+1 (904) 515-2315)
Atmos Credit Union:
https://atmoscru.com  (754-333-5135) NOTE: This site is identical to Pellironcp.com listed below. Registered 4/26/2023.
Availance Trust Capital Bank / ATC Bank /
+1-228-304-8150 (This # found on aa419.org) / https://online.atcbk.com/ (Registered 11/1/2023)
Avante Credi Bank:
https://avantecredit.com +1 (206) 212-1688 (Registerd January, 2022 but claims to have started in 2007; hosted on a server in Germany)
Bank of Allies:
https://www.bankofallies.com/ (+12077078814)
Bank of American: https://bankof-american.com (Registered 5/17/2023 and hosted in Luxembourg) – Reported on VirusTotal.com
Bank of Communications
https://www.bocomuk.com/ 
Bank of Hawaii Corporation: 
ustdpt.org  / +1 808 825 4431 (registered in Nigeria on 3/9/2024)
Bank Skyline:
https://bankskyline.com/about.html (+1 424 216 9202)
Bankside Investments Ltd. https://bsideinvestltd.com (+44 736-053-2001)
“Banner Bank” (Pretending to be the real Banner Bank)
https://aegrpe.com/bannerbnk/  (registered in France 1/16/2024; found on VirusTotal)
“Barclays Bank” (Pretending to the be real Barclays)
bclregionalsuk.com (Registered 3/17/2023)
Bassets Finance Bank:
https://bassetsfinancebank.com (Registered March, 2022; found on VirusTotal.)
BCA Services Bank:
bcaservicess[.]com/ WARNING: Malware found on site! (Registered 8/24/2023; found on Virustotal)
BDC Bank
https://www.bdcmx.info/ 
Beta Teller Bank
https://www.betateller.com/
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)
Bluewave Hauling Services / bluewavehauling.com (registered in Nigeria on 9/30/2022)
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 
CEDA-FINANCE Bank:
https://cedafinance.com/about-us
Celtic Heritage Bank:
https://celtiicheritage.com (Notice two “i” in domain name!) (Registered 3/14/2023; found on Virustotal)
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!)
Chase Bitcoin Trading:
https://www.chasebitcointrading.com / +12348153650 (registered on 11/24/2022)
Classic Finance National Bank:
classicfinnatb.com (Registered 2/21/2022)
ClayMax Global Bank:
claymaxglobalbank.com (Registered 12/6/22)
Credite Union:
credite-union.com (using WhatsApp +229 94 58 28 44 and +33776692913) (registered 11/19/23 and found on Virustotal!)
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)
Faestak International Bank:
http://www.faestak.com/  (+44 7418365583) (registered 2/9/2024)
FasTrans / Fast Priority Service / fastpriorityservice.com (registered on 8/1/2023)
Feastak International Bank:
https://feastak.com/ (+44 7418365583) (registered 8/9/2023)
Federal Reserve Bank:
fgmb.blog  (+44 7823 913834) (registered on 5/27/2024)
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:
https://fieibank.com/p/about.php
First Global Union Bank
https://firstglobalunion.site/ 
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/
Fisolak Global Resource Limited
/ fisolak.international (registered on 10/14/2023)
Five Star Bank New York 
fivestny[.]com WARNING: Malware found on site! (registered 7/27/2023 in Romania; found on Virustotal)
Forestwood Bank:
https://forestwoodbank.com/about (+1 (352) 593-0284)
Fortune Trust Online Bank: f
ortunetrustonline.net/ (info@fortunetrustonline.net) (registered on 1/4/2024)
Garantrust Bank:  garantrust.com (registered on 3/17/2024)
Glimtched Bank:
https://glimtched.com/ 
Global Finance Bank
  glfinb.com (Offline as of 12/20/23) Registered 10/23/2023  631-349-2187 // glfin-online.us (newly registered 3/23/2024)
Global Finance Plc Bank 
https://globalfbplc.com/ (registered 5/10/2022) +44 (793) 864 7527
Global Financial Bank:
https://globalfinancialbank.net (registered 9/22/2021 and hosted on a server in Germany; found on Virustotal)
Global International Bank:
https://GlobalInternationalBank.co.uk
Global Trades AG Limited: https://global-trades.world
GoGo Express / +63(985)056-5176 / thegogoexpress.com (registered on 12/16/2023)
Gold Bank:
https://gold-banking.com/ (1-600-1234-567)
Gold Capital Finance: https://goldcapitalfinance.com/
Gold Line Cargo Express / goldlinecargoexpress.com (registered on 7/15/2023)
Greenfield Prudent Financial Services:
greenfieldpfs[.]com (WARNING: Malware found on site; do NOT visit!)
Guarantee Funds Bank:
https://gitmtfb.com/
Hab First Bank (of New York): https://habfirst.com/home/ (registered 12/21/2022) customerservice@habfirst.com
Hang Seng Bank: https://hshkglobal.com/ (registered 12/7/2023) (found on Virustotal)
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!)
Hong Oversea Bank:
hob-my[.]com (WARNING: Malware detected on site!) (registered 11/21/2023)
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:
https://intlstandardbk.com/
IrvTruBank https://irvtrubank.net/ 
JK Speed Group
/ Fast Trans / jkspeed.pl (registered on 2/5/2023)
Lake Trust Bank:
https://www.laketrustbank.com/ (863 305 2796 and +372 609 3041)
Lavendar Microfinance Bank https://lavendermicrofinancebank.com/ (Found on VirusTotal and Scamadviser)
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:
https://mayfairgtb.com/
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 Crest Bank /
https://morgan-crest.com (Phone listed as 034354646)
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:
https://www.ntlsecbk.com/About-Us/
Nanka Microfinance Bank: https://www.nankamfb.com/about.html (+234 810 138 5669)
Navy X Seal Federal Credit Union / Navy Seal Federal Bank /
https://navyscredit.com (Registered 1/2/2024)
Neelachal Finance
http://neelachalfinance.com/
Noor Bank:
https://www.nrbuae.com/p/about.php# (04-2227735 SMS only)
Oceanic Credit Union / Oceanview Creditunion:
 oceaniccreditunion.com (registered in Nigeria on 11/30/2023)
Online U Head (UBS Head):
https://onlineubshead.com (+41 44-234-1122) (registered on 11/15/2022)
OnTime24 / +880 98 858 231 / ontime24.co.uk (registered on 3/4/2024)
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
Pelliron Capital: https://pellironcp.com/ (754-333-5135) Registered March 27, 2023, hosted on a server in Germany)
Peoples United Mountain Bank 
peoplesunitedmtbk.org  (registered 11/27/2023; found on VirusTotal)
Phoenix Banks Inc.:
 https://pbinc.info (registered 1/19/2022 in Iceland through Namecheap)
Pipal Bank: https://pipalbank.com/
Platina Capitals Investment Company: http://platinacapitals.net/ (founded in 2008 but website registered on 3/21/2024; found on VirusTotal)
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
Prime Steward Bank:
https://primestewardbank.com (Registered 3/26/2013; found on VirusTotal)
Radius Bank
https://urcreun.com/ 
Robiscot International Bank
https://robiscot.com/ (Registered 2/3/2024) (found on VirusTotal)
Royal Havilland Bank
royalhavillandb.com  (registered 5/2/2021) +44 7438168358 royalhavillandbankplc@englandmail.com
Royal Trust Finance Bank:
https://royaltrustfinancebank.com/
Sabadell Bank (Spain):
(+34 633 615 857 / +34 610 909 761 Whatsapp) sabadelbk.com (registered on 1/25/2024)
Safe Assets Financial:
https://safeassetsfinancial.com/ (Website suspended; registered 6/24/2022)
SagaCity Bank PLC:
https://sagcb.online (Registered 6/8/2023 and hosted in Frankfurt, Germany; found on VirusTotal)
Santander Banco Ltd:
santanderbancoltd[.]com (WARNING: Malware detected on site!) (registered 5/3/2023)
Save Trust Bank:
https://www.savetrusts.com/
SCBMNM Bank: http://scbmnm.com Telephone: +971 600 522288. Mobile number / WhatsApp:+971553494861
Scotia Bank of Canada:
https://scotiab.com/ (registered 10/21/2023; found on VirusTotal.)
Sempe Banken:
https://sempebanken.com/index.php 
Sheinal VIP Bank: h
ttps://sheinal.vip (Registered 12/10/2023 in Hong Kong) (VirusTotal.com shows it as a phishing site)
Sky Express Deliveries Ltd / +44 20 4586 8012 / skyexpressdeliveries.com (registered on 7/24/2023)

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:
https://www.springwellbnk.com/
Stanbic Bank
stanbicbgha.com (registered 3/7/2023) +233 509367382 info@stanbicbgha.com
Standard Chartered Bank:
https://www.infoscb.online/ Offers unbelievably high interest earnings! (Registered 3/13/2023)
Standard Equity Bank:
https://standardequitybnk.com/  (Registered 3/7/2023)
Standard One Finance
https://standardonefinance.com/
Standard Remit Bank
https://standardremitb.com/ 
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
Storm Trust Finance:
https://stormtrustfin.com/ (Registered 4/26/2023; found on Virustotal)
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:
https://tbsbplc.com/ 
TD Shore Bank / TDShore Bank:
tdshores.com (registered on 9/4/2023)
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)
TNS Tunggal Nabolon Supplindo / tunggalnabolon.com (registered on 3/16/2023)
Trust Finance Bank /
itrustfinance.online / support@itrustfinance.online (registered 3/4/2024)
TrustFSB (also called West Pillar Finance):
https://tustfsb.com/index.html (+18173827942)
TSB Banking (also NexoCoinFloorExchange):
http://www.nexocoinfloorexchange.com/  (1-800-1234-567)
Turkish Financial Phoenix Bank https://tfpb.com.tr (+905087744238) (Registered 12/6/2023)
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. 
uniallianz-ucbc[.]com
Union Credix: 
https://unioncredix.com (+256761118917) Registered 9/12/2023.
Union Investment Financial
http://uibkfinacial.com/ 
United Best Africa Security Bank 
ubasb[.]com (registered 5/22/2020) +233 (0) 303 965 706  info.ubasb@gmail.com
United Credit Bank Plc 
https://ucbplc.com (registered 8/6/2023) VirusTotal lists them as a phishing site!
United Gate of America Bank
https://unitedgateofamerica.online/ (Seriously?)
United Heritage Bank:
https://unitedhb.org/ (+1 (302) 956‑1981)
United Trust Forex Bank: https://www.unitedtrustforexbnk.com BUT website also calls itself “BnkPrimeUS Bank” (Registered 5/10/2023; Found on VirusTotal)
URC Investments (URCI) – United Rublyovka Cayman Investments:
https://www.urcinvst.com (Registered 12/12/2023)
FAKE Knock-0ff of VBT Bank & Trust:
https://vbtbnk-trust.com (not to be confused with the real bank: vbtbank.com)
VeriCapital Bank:
https://vericapitals.com (registered 4/19/2022) – claim to be in buisness for 25 years!
Vergeshore Bank:
https://vergeshore.net/contact.php (+90 (548) 824)
Vintage Bank: https://vintagebank.pw/ (1-600-1234-567)
Virtual Equity Global Bank: https://virtegb.com/ (Registered 7/31/2023) (Found by VirusTotal 12/25/23)
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!
WavesCoin:
https://wavescoin.net (Registered 3/9/2023)
Wealth Privat Bank: wealthprivatbm.com (Registered 10/4/2023 in Iceland but claims to be in business over 50 years!) +34 911 98 0183
World Military Bank:
https://www.worldmilitarybank.com/about (+44 7459 235713)
Xtera Bank:
https://xterabank.us/

HOW CAN YOU TELL A FAKE BANK FROM A REAL 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.

 

HOW WE EVALUATED THESE FAKE BANK WEBSITES:

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
To: [NAME/EMAIL REDACTED]

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
info@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,
To: [NAME/EMAIL REDACTED]

Dear [NAME REDACTED],

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

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

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

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

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;

Names:
Address:
Telephone number:
Age:
Occupation:

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 !

264 FAKE BANKS ADDED April-June, 2024

Below are 264 Fake Banks that were highly likely to have been created by 2 cybercriminal groups in Nigeria to support “419” advance fee scams between late 2022 and early 2024. Most of the website designs are identical, with just a new name and email address.

 

Abrana Financial Services / +263 789 485 695 / abranafinancials.com (registered on 1/15/2024)
Access Prime Bank / accessprimefin.com (registered on 10/31/2022)
AccessCredit Savings (or CreditAccess or Credit ACCESSBank) / creditaccess.co.uk (registered on 2/16/2023)
Actphat Savings Bank / actphat.com (registered on 3/24/2024)
AFMilitary Finance Bank / +447307949619 / afmilitaryfinance.icu (registered on 11/4/2023)
Age Rest Savings Bank / agerest.com / +1 785 813 7974 (registered on 2/23/2024)
AirstallonCreditUnion (also called AirStar Credit) / airstalloncreditunion.com (registered 11/17/2023)
Alliance Commercial Savings Bank / alliancecmb2u.com (registered on 7/2/2023)
Alliance Community Bank / +1 850-ALLIANCE / alliancecommunitybnk.com (registered on 12/4/2023 in the Netherlands)
Alliance Credit Union / alliancecreu.org (registered on 3/29/2024)
Allrace Chartered Bank / allracechrt.com (registered 5/17/2023)
AlmondField Credit Union / +15184813626 / almondfieldcu.com (registered on 1/23/2024)
Alostar Commercial Bank / alostarcommercial.com (registered on 3/1/2024)
American Trust Bank PLC / americantrustbnk.com (registered on 12/29/2023 in Nigeria)
Amurix Financial Bank / amurixfin.com (registered on 10/28/2023)
Apex Elite Finance / Apex Elite Savings Bank / +496-APEXELITE / apexfidelitygroup.com (registered on 2/12/2024 in Iceland through Namecheap)
Apex UK Ally Commercial Bank / +44 7441412146 / apexukally.com (registered on 11/29/2023)
Apogee Meridean Bank / apmb-online.com (registered on 10/24/2022)
Artic Crest Credit Union / +1-819-201-4899 / 999-102-5888 / articcrests.com (registered on 1/17/2024)
Asian Development Company Bank / ADB Bank / 929 126 0000 / asiandevb.com (registered on 7/3/2023)
AssetNet Finance Bank / assetnetfinance.com (registered on 12/6/2023)
Atlantic Union / AtlanticMinitUnion / atlanticminitunion.com (registered in GB 9/30/2023)
Atlanticunion Bank / atlanticminiunion.com (registered on 3/8/2024)
Axe Finance Capital UK / axefinancecapital.com (registered on 1/25/2024)
Banca Credit System / bancacreditsystem.com (registered on 12/3/2023)
BancaCreditUnion / bancacreditunion.live (registered on 4/4/2024)
Bank of Union Confidential / unionconfidentialbuc.com (registered on 2/28/2024)
BarclayStallonUnions Bank / barclaystallonunions.com (registered on 10/19/2023)
Baselandmark Savings Bank / baselandmarks.com (registered on 3/10/2023)
BBN Natc Co-op Society Ltd / +91 9857740001 / bbncoop.in (registered in India on 6/20/2023)
BeamChase Bank / Beam Chase Bank / +454512418544 / beamchase.com (registered on 5/6/2022)
Becurex Savings Bank / +12017759136 / becurex.net (registered on 11/19/2023)
Belwic UDC Bank / +33 744 081 1726 / belwicudc.com (registered on 4/25/2023)
BerkAlanticUnion / berkalanticunion.live (registered on 4/19/2024)
Berkalanticunion Bank / berkalanticunion.com (registered on 4/15/2023 and in Great Britain)
Berkstalionunions Bank / berkstalionunions.com (registered on 3/8/2024 in Great Britain)
Bluecorp Finance / +1 917 979 4296 / bluecorpfinance.com (registered on 9/14/2023)
Blueliteqoin Bank / blueliteqoin.com / +483801556508 (registered on 12/16/2023)
BNP Panbas Group / bnp.myrsvd.com (registered on 7/28/2022)
BSWestFinancialUnion / bswestfinancialunion.com (registered on 12/23/2023)
Cap Rock Tust Bank / caprocktb.com / +447741834561 (registered on 4/27/2024)
Capital Apex Bank / capitalapexb.com (registered on 8/14/2023)
Capital Bank / AMinutePay / capitalbns.com (registered on 12/3/2023)
Capital East Credit Union / +44 CAPITAL-ECU / capitalecu.online (registered on 2/8/2023)
Capital Fund Fortify Savings Bank (also Capital Fund Fortiy) / capitalfundfortify.com (registered on 3/25/2024)
Capital Guardian Credit Bank / +1(801)649-6680 / capitalguardiancredit.com (registered on 1/17/2024)
Capital VistaTrust Savings Bank / Capital Vista Trust Bank / +447843128451 / capitalvistatrust.com (registered on 8/10/2023)
CapitalFinHeritageLtd Savings Bank / capitalfinheritageltd.com (registered on 2/24/2024)
Capitec Rezerve Bank / capitecrezerve.com (registered on 9/1/2023)
Carling Bank / +1 (508) 966-5800 / carlingbank.com (registered on 1/28/2024 in Iceland through Namecheap)
Cida Trust Premium Bank / cidatrust.com / +496089230002 (registered 10/30/2023)
Citi Bank Savings Bank / Citi Bank Bank (NOT THE REAL Citi Bank!) / clitesonline.com (registered on 8/14/2023)
Citi Wave Finance Bank / citiwavefinance.com / +85228600333 (registered 12/13/2023)
City Investment Group Holdings / +14247664723 / cityinvestmentgroupholdings.com (registered on 4/11/2024)
City Prime Bank / +1(918)321-0677 / cityprimeltd.net (registered on 4/15/2023)
Clydesdale Financial & Savings Services / +447537121520 / clydesdalefinservice.com (registered on 3/10/2024)
Coinspirex Digital Savings Bank / Coinspirex Digital Payment Solutions / coinspirex.com (registered on 12/10/2023 in Iceland through Namecheap)
Commercial Credit Bank PLC / commercialcreditbnk.com (registered on 12/20/2023 in Nigeria)
Commercial Credit Bank Plc / commercialcreditbnk.com (registered on 12/20/2023)
Connexland Bank / connexland.com (registered on 3/24/2024)
Corps Bank Plc – corps-plc.com / 234-380-7871 (registered 1/22/2024)
Credit Trust Alliance / creditexecs.com (registered on 10/13/2023)
Credits Ally / 929 126 0000 / creditsally.com (registered on 2/25/2024)
CrestTreasury Savings Bank / cresttreasury.com (registered on 11/28/2023 in Iceland through Namecheap)
Crestview IB / Crestview International Bank / +12135196778 / crestviewib.com (registered on 2/28/2024)
Crystal Lock Savings Bank / crystallockbank.org (registered on 12/14/2023)
CS Finance Trust Bank / csfinancialtrust.com (registered on 10/23/2023)
Danprimeunion Savings Bank / danprimeunion.com (registered on 11/26/2023)
Digit Amon Bank / digitamon.com / (registered 12/22/2023)
DigitalPreston Plc Savings Bank / digitalpreston.com (registered on 3/11/2024)
Discovery Family Bank / discoveryfamily.online / +1 254 466 5666 (registered on 3/20/2024)
DlintMobil Savings Bank / dimdigitalservicex.com / +49 15163723086 (registered on 12/6/2023)
DNB Credit Global Finance / dnbcredglobf.com (registered on 11/11/2023)
Dovopro Bank / 907 694 7675 / dovopro.com (registered on 3/17/2024)
Dynamic Sky Trust Bank / dynamicskytrust.com (registered on 1/12/2024)
EasternCreditFirm Banking Services / easterncreditfirm.live (registered on 4/9/2024)
Elite Trust Bank / elitetrustb.com (registered on 8/30/2023)
EliteCredit Savings Bank / +1(409)999-3319 / elitecredit.online (registered on 10/22/2023)
Embargo Finances Savings Bank / embargofinances.com (registered on 3/28/2024)
Equita Bank / Equita Banking / 929 126 0000 / equitabanking.com (registered on 4/10/2024)
Equity Credit and Finance / +1 (646) 661-9158 / equitycf.com (registered on 1/5/2023)
Equity Insurance Bank / equity-affinity.com (registered on 5/3/2023)
Equity Vault Capitals Savings Bank / equityvaultcapitals.com / +17174346820 (registered on 4/18/2024)
Eudious Finance Bank / eudiousfinance.com (registered on 9/22/2023)
FCBank Plc / First City Offshore Bank / +1-718-772-9800 / firstcityoffshorebank.com (registered on 4/19/2023)
FD Morgan Finance Bank / fdmfinance.com (regsiterd on 8/20/2023)
Federal Special Force Credit Union Savings Bank / +1 630 276-2892 / federalspecialforcecreditunion.com (registered in Lagos on 2/7/2024)
Fidelity Credit Union Bank / Also called Sepahs Trust Bank / fidelitycreditsunion.com (regsitered 8/3/2023)
Fideltiy Credit Union Bank / Sepahs Trust Bank / fidelitycreditsunion.com (registered on 8/3/2023)
First Alriyada Bank / First Al-Riyada / firstalriyadab[.]com (registered on 3/20/2024) DANGER: Malware found on site!
First Capital International Bank / firstcapitalint.com (registered 11/17/2023)
First Channel Online Financial-Bank / +4915219554377 / Balkavest / firstchannelonline.com (registered on 5/27/2022)
First City Midlands Savings Bank / firstcityml.com (registered on 10/17/2023)
First Cooperative Investment / firstcooperativeinv.com (registered in Nigeria on 12/6/2023)
First Gem Finance Bank / firstgemfinance.com (registered 11/19/2023)
First Mountain Capital Bank / firstmountaincab.com (registered on 10/26/2023)
First Offshore Credit Union / +1 (909) 999-0000 / firstoffshorecu.online (registered on 8/1/2023)
First Union Credit Bank / firstunionmcb.us (registered on 1/3/2024)
First View Channel Savings / +16409000355 / first-viewchannel.com (registered on 8/17/2023)
FirstGem Finance Savings Bank / firstgemfinance.com (registered on 11/19/2023)
FSC Credit Union / Financial Solution Zenith Credit Union / fszcreditunion.com (registered on 5/27/2023)
Fund Quest Grant / fundquestgrant.com (registered on 3/6/2024)
Global Financial Business Bank / globalfinancebb.com (registered 1/26/2024)
Global Golden Online Bank / 17869912842 / globalgoldonlineservices.com (registered on 6/18/2023)
Global Safe Vest Bank / globalsafevest.com (registered in Nigeria on 2/23/2024)
Global TrustGolding Bank / Global TrustGold Bank / globaltrustgolding.com (registered on 10/11/2023)
Golden Trust Online Bank / goldentrustonline.com (registered on 12/23/2023)
Goldensrule Bank / +1 (509) 231-8074 / goldensrule.online (registered on 11/18/2023)
Guarante Trust Bank / guarantetb.com (registered on 8/1/2023 in Lagos, Nigeria)
Guaranty Financial Union / guarantyfun.com (registered on 11/14/2022)
Harmon Finance Savings Bank / harmonfinance.com (registered on 1/14/2024)
HBC Credit Union / hbccu.com (registered on 7/8/2023)
Hedge Prime Finance / Hedge Prime Savings Bank / hedgeprimefinance.com (registered 10/8/2023)
Heritage Trust Credit Savings Bank / Heritage Trust Credit Bank / heritagetrustcredit.com (registered on 1/15/2024)
Heritage Trust Funds Bank / heritagetrustfunds.com (registered on 2/19/2024)
Heritage Wealth Trust Savings Bank / heritagewealthtrust.com (registered on 4/24/2024)
Hew Financial Corp / Hew Bank Savings Bank / hewfinancialcorp.com (registered 12/16/2023)
High Technology Germany UG / hightechnologyug.com / (+49) 800-576-HIGH (registered on 6/25/2023)
HighCityRoot SBC / +12523626700 / highcityrootsbc.com (registered on 2/5/2024)
Hokuhoku Financial Group Savings Bank / +8192-777-9625 / hokufinagro.com (registered on 7/4/2023)
Hollix Trust Online-Bank / hollixtrust.com (registered on 3/8/2024)
Horizon Capital Limited Savings Bank / +1 (307) 529-1942 / horizoncapitallimited.com (registered on 7/14/2023)
Horizon Trust Bank Savings Bank / (646) 820-8305 / horizontrustbk.com (registered 5/27/2023)
Iconic Global Finance / iconicglobalfinance.com / +1 850-ICONIC (registered on 11/25/2023)
Imperial Premium Bank / impearial.com and swisstransfer.digital and consultantunion.com (registered on 9/5/2023)
Imperial Premium Savings Bank / impbank.com.ng / +44765435434 (registered on 1/20/2024)
Imperial Premium Savings Bank / swisstransfer.digital (registered on 11/15/2023)
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (also called Imperial Premium Bank) / icbacess.online (registered on 11/28/2023)
Interregional Savings Bank / interregionalb.com (registered on11/28/2023)
IzitrusUnion Plc Savings Bank / izitrusunion.com (registered on 4/1/2024)
Jafa West Finance / +4917688788357 / jafawestfinance.com (registered on 1/3/2024)
Jatang Trust Bank / jatansgplc.com (registered 11/3/2023)
JTrust Corporation / jtrustcorporation.com (registered in Nigeria on 5/2/2023)
Kapital Credit Union / Kapital Credit Financial-Union Bank / kapitalcreditunion.com (registered on 11/20/2023 in Nigeria)
London Holdings Bank Plc / lhbplc.com (registered in Nigeria on 1/4/2023)
Lucrative Union Fund / lucrativeunionfund.com / +447341006120 (regsitered on 2/13/2023)
MasakaTrust Bank Uganda Limited / +256761118917 / masakatrust.com (registered on 12/14/2023)
Matz Capital Bank / matzcapital.com / +13202002858 (registered on 8/23/2022)
Meline Imperial Premium Bank / melineimperial.com (registered on 12/30/2023 in Iceland through Namecheap)
Metrob Finance PLC Savings Bank / Metro Bank Finance PLC / +17797071659 / metrobfinanceplc.com (registered on 12/19/2023 in Nassau, Bahamas)
Midcrest Financial Bank / midcrestfininancial.com (registered on 10/27/2023)
Midswest Bank / (747) 285-0141 / midswestbn.com (registered on 1/21/2024)
Monde Sacco E-Banking / +256786203341 / sacco.mondeinspirationalimpact.org
Monetary Credit Union / monetarycreditunion.com (registered on 2/8/2024)
My PBCPanel Recovery Savings Bank / MY PBCPanel Bank / mypbcpanelrecovery.com (registered on 11/13/2023)
New Bloom DMC / +91 63833 91145 / newbloomdmc.com (registered on 1/30/2024)
Nexo Wealth Finance Bank / nexowealthfinance.com (registered on 8/30/2023)
Nord Universal Savings Bn / Nord Universal Savings Bk / nordunib.com (registered on 4/4/2024)
Northern Trust Bank / N Trust Inc / Northern Trust Inc / +447588699200 / +12028881927 / +3197005033388 / northerntinc.com (registered on 3/2/2024)
Novagrove Savings Bank / novagrovebk.com / +13239926516 (registered on 4/13/2024)
OceanRiseFinance Savings Bank / oceanrisefinance.com (registered on 10/30/2023)
OneT Finance Bank / onetfin.com (registered on 12/6/2023)
Online Premier Nexus Bank / onlinepremiernexus.com (registered on 3/29/2024)
OSK Bank / oskbnkcambodia.com (registered in Lagos, Nigeria on 9/13/2022)
Panarama LLC Investment Firm / +1 (978) 595-1890 / panaramallc.com (registered on 12/6/2023)
Panhandle State Bank / panhandlebk.net (Lists Federal Reserve ID: 257868) (registered on 5/31/2023)
Parade Fortune Savings Bank / paradefortune.com (registered on 11/30/2023)
Pathway Commercial Savings Bank / pathwaycommercialb2u.com (registered on 1/5/2024 and hosted on a server in Warsaw, Poland)
Pecuniary Credence Bank / pecuniarycredence.com (registered on 4/10/2024)
Pharmremit Bank / pharmremit.com (registered in Nigeria on 1/16/2024)
Pheonix Equity Bank / pheonixequity.com (registered on 9/24/2023)
Phoenix Premium Limited Savings Bank / phoenixpremiumltd.com / +196-453-5789 (registered on 2/19/2024)
Pinebridge Commercial Bank / pinebcommbk.com (registered on 10/30/2023)
Pinnacle Hedge Alliance / phcoopalliance.com (registered on 10/6/2023)
Pinnacle Hedge Corp Bank / pinnaclehedgecorp.com (registered on 1/21/2024)
Prestige Bank / Prime Savings Bank / psbs.online (registerd on 7/20/2023)
Prime City BPLC / Also called Heritage Community Credit Union / primecitybplc.com (registered 7/22/2023)
Prime Save Online Bank / primesaveonline.com / +27219411377 (registered on 12/17/2023)
Prime TD Trust / primetdtrsts.com (registered on 10/23/2023)
Primebic Heritage Plc Bank / primebicheritage.com (registered on 3/5/2024)
Private Account Banking / H S B C / +1 574 787 564 / paonlineroute.online (registered on 3/8/2024 in Nigeria)
Proficientfinancelimited / Chartered Moneitrust Bank / proficientfinancelimited.com (registered on 8/16/2023)
Prospect Visual Bank / prospectvisualbank.com (website suspended) (registered in Nigeria on 9/14/2023)
Quantum Quest Bank / +1(570) 656-5063 / quantumquestbank@gmail.com / QuantumquestBank / quantumquestbank.com (registered on 10/24/2023)
Randell Trust Bank / randelltrustbn.online (registered on 10/13/2023)
Reagzgroup E-Banking / +49 15163723086 / reagzgroup.com (registered on 11/22/2023)
Regiole Bank / us-regiole.online / (503) 420-6565 (registered on 3/20/2024)
Regional Bank Plc / regionalbplc.com / +17633414180 (registered on 1/16/2024)
RemittanceUK Bank / remittanceuk.com (registered on 11/13/2023)
Revolut Trust Bank / revoluttrust.com (registered on 10/6/2023)
Rollscastroofing Bank / +1(438)792-8176 / rollscastroofing.com (registered on 9/9/2023 in Iceland through Namecheap)
Royal Global Bank / support@hacvestfinance.com / royalgb.com (registered 10/3/2023)
Royal Platinum Bank / royalplatinumbank.com (registered on 10/27/2022)
Royal Trust Bank / +740 9367 814 / royaltrustintl.com (registered on 1/29/2024)
Safe Savings Web / safesavingsweb.com (registered 10/13/2023)
Safire Trust Bank / safiretrust.com (registered on 12/1/2023)
Santander Bank / 150421896 / santandab.com (NOT the real Santander Bank!) (registered on 6/22/2023)
SeawaveFinance Savings Bank / seawavefinance.com (registered on 12/12/2023)
Secure Finance Hub Bank / securefinunion.com (registered on 4/4/2024) – Website suspended!
Seed Worth Plc Bank / seedworthplc.com (registered 1/14/2024)
Sentry Savings Bank / sentrysavings.com (registered in Nigeria on 2/3/2024)
SGE Credit Union Savings Bank / sgecdunion.com (registered 11/29/2023 and hosted in Ontario, Canada)
Sixwaver Bank / sixwaver.com (registered on 11/18/2023)
SLI Bank Saver / +44 077 6559 5476 / slibsaver.com (registered on 2/23/2024)
Smart Global Trust / smartglobaltrust.com (registered on 9/13/2023 in Nigeria)
Sparen Leicht Bank / sparenleicht.com (registered 10/6/2023)
Spark Financial Bank / sparkfinancialbank.com (registered in Nicaragua on 5/20/2023)
Spring Walt Plc / springwaltplc.com (registered on 1/17/2024)
Springwell Alliance Bank / springwellalliance.com (registered on 2/13/2023)
Stake Weest Bank / stakeweest.com (registered 8/18/2023)
Stalion Trust Bank / Stalion Premium Trust / staliontrust.com (registered on 4/23/2023)
StalionTrust Premium Savings Bank / Credit Union / +496 003489205 / stalionstrust.com (registered on 3/1/2024)
Standard Bank / standardfinanciall.com (registered on 8/12/2023)
Standard CB / +447418397943 / chartered-fast-b.com (registered on 4/27/2022)
Standard Corporate Credit Union / standardcorporatecreditunion.com (registered on 2/13/2023)
Standard Flex Unity Bank / standardflexunity.com (registered on 1/9/2024)
Standard Union Bank / +14012122001 / cystandardunion.com (registered on 2/4/2024)
Standard Vas Credits Bank / standardvascredits.com (registered on 10/4/2023_
StandardITUnion Bank. (Website no longer live; domain available) standarditunion.com
Stanford Capitals Bank (still showing as Guaranty Trust-Bank) stanfordcapitals.com (registered on 2/15/2024)
Success Trusts Bank (still using name Viserbank) / successtrusts.com +454512418544 (registered on 3/10/2023)
Sunlight Union Holdings / +19704243882 / sunlightunionholdings.com (registered on 2/24/2024)
Swift Elite Bank / swifteliteltd.cc (registered on 3/7/2024)
Swift Finatec Plc Bank / +496 456 2716 125 / swiftfinatec.com (registered on 4/10/2024)
Swift Sudkapital Bank / swiftsudkapital.com (registered on 6/22/2023)
Swift Trust Financial Bank / swifttrusttfinanacial.com (registered 10/13/2023)
Swiftpal Credit Union / +1 (323) 405-1234 / swiftpalcredunio.com (registered on 6/25/2023 in Nassau, Bahamas)
Swiftwave Finance Bank / swiftwavefinance.com (registered on 2/4/2024)
Taihouse Trust Finance Bank / +61 488 89 7306 / taihoustrustfin.com (registered on 8/22/2023)
Tasia Financial Trust / Tasia Finance Trust Bank / tasiafinancetrust.com (registered 7/24/2023 and hosted in Milan, Italy)
Tinance Pay Savings Bank / tinancepay.co.uk (registered on 2/21/2024)
Top Hill Bank / tophillplc.com (registered 10/14/2023 and hosted in northern France)
Tox Jet Online Bank / toxjetonline.com / +19172770969 (registered on 3/22/2024)
TradeVentureBank / Trade Venture Bank / tradeventurebank.com (registered on 6/28/2023)
Trading Finance Bank PLC / tfbplc.net (registered on 1/12/2023 in Lagos, Nigeria)
Transact Credict Union Bank / transactcredictunion.online (registered on 3/12/2024)
Trinity Holdings Bank / Imperial Premium Bank / trinityholdingsbk.com (registered on 10/3/2023)
Trove Bank / trovebnk.com (registered on 3/14/2024)
Trust Credit Bank / (424) 292-0030 / tcrubk.com (registered on 2/26/2024)
Trust Fund Union Bank /+12073908551 / tfubank.com (registered on 1/18/2024)
Trust Heritage Holdings Union Savings Bank / trustheritageholdingsunion.com (registered on 5/5/2024)
Trustsave Credit Union / +1 (909) 999-9128 / trustsavescu.online (registered on 7/28/2023)
TrustzenLtd Savings Bank / trustzenltd.com (registered on 1/18/2024)
UHBC Global Bank / uhbcglobal.com (registered on 2/13/2024)
Unified Trust Alliance Bank / unifiedtalliance.com (registered on 3/7/2024)
Union International Commercial Savings / +16409000355 / union-int-com.com (registered on 8/31/2023 in the Netherlands)
United Community Online Bank / unitedcob.org (registered on 9/9/2023)
United Mortgage Bank Limited / UMBL Savings Bank / umortbltd.com (registered on 7/28/2023)
United Peoples Choice Bank / unitedpeoplechoice.online (registered on 4/29/2024)
Unity Net Co Bank / +1(512) 798-3674 / unitynetco.online (registered on 7/24/2023 in Iceland through Namecheap)
Upthrust Finance Bank / upthrustfinance.com (registered 11/12/2023)
Upthrust Pay Bank / upthrustpay.com (registered in Nigeria 1/25/2024)
US Bancorp Savings Bank (NOT the REAL US Bancorp!) / +1(469) 213-7467 / westusonbanc.com (registered on 2/27/2024)
US Bancorp Savings Bank / (773)234-3766 / tusonbanc.com (registered 2/22/2024 and hosted on a server in Germany)
Valley UK Online Bank / Capitec Rezerve Online Bank / Balkavest / +447394646610 / valley-ukonline.com (registered on 10/22/2023)
Vault Finance Bank / Vault Finance-Bank / vaultfinancebnk.com (registered on 12/16/2022)
Vault Trusts Online Bank / vaulttrustsonline.com (registered on 3/19/2024)
Vertex Credit Union Savings Bank / +1 (480) 382-5478 / vertexcreditunion.com (registered on 4/22/2023)
Vinco Investment Bank of UK / VINCO-IBC / vincoibc.com (registered on 3/13/2024)
Viser Bank / viserbankz.org (registered on 4/6/2023)
Viser Bank Credit Union / +1 (206)-8489-486 / viserbankz.com (registered on 12/26/2023)
Vista Trust Savings Bank / Vistatrustbank / vistatrustbk.com (registered on 9/24/2023 in the Netherlands)
Wellscrunion Bank / Imperial Premium Bank / +1 725-269-8216 / wellscrunion.com (registered on 2/28/2024)
Werdenberg Credit Savings Bank / Werdenberg Credit Bank / Swift Code: WERFCG22XXX / werdenbergcredit.com (registered on 2/14/2024)
West Capital Reserve Online Financial Bank / West Capital / +27219411377 / westcapitalreserve.com (registered on 1/7/2024 in Iceland using Namecheap)
West City Financial Bank / westcityfbs.com (registered on 3/3/2024)
West TNB / West Trust National Bank / +12027537530 / westtrustnb.com (registered on 2/25/2024)
Westend Global Savings Bank / Westend Global Bank / +1 (262) 893-6819 / westendglobb.online (registered on 10/12/2023)
WizzyFinancialLimited Savings Bank / Chartered ManeiTrust Bank / wizzyfinanciallimited.com (registered on 2/5/2024)
WizzyFinancialLimited Savings Bank / wizzyfinanciallimited.com (registered on 2/5/2024)
World Funds Union PLC Bank / standarditunion.com (registered on 4/9/2023 in Nigeria)
X Primere Savings Bank / +1 (937) 552-5879 / xprimereb.com (registered on 2/19/2024 and hosted in Germany)
Zenith Wires Online Banking & Financial Services / +18502136169 / zenithwires.com (registered on 6/26/2023 in Iceland thorugh Namecheap)
ZLGGlobal Bank / +3197005033968 / zlgglobal.net (registered on 4/14/2023)

 

 

 

188 Additional Fake Banks (added January 22, 2024)

The following 188 banks are believed to be fraudulent and used in a variety of scams.  They were all created by the same cybercriminal gang between 2020 – 2024. We found them as a result of a victim contacting us on January 15, 2024 to report one of the banks used by a romance scammer to target her.  A Google search for details that were led us to discover 187 other fake banks between January 19 – 22, 2024.

 

AAFCU Credit Union Online Banking aafcredit.us
Access Pride accesspride.com
Afrikland First Bank afriklandfirstbank.com
Allianz Credit Union acubank.org
Arkline Bank Arkline.us
Assets Trustee Ltd online.assetstrustee.com
Bank Corps bancorpsonline.com
Basement Investments Ltd basementinvestmentltd.com
Berown Finance berownfinance.com
Blue Reef Credit app.bluereefcredit.com
Bravua Financial bravuafinancials.com
C. F. B. – Coin Binary Finance coinbinaryfinance.com
Capital Edge Bank capitalsedge.com
Capital Investment and Holdings
Capital Limit Bank capitallimit.net
Capital Morgans Bank Intl capitalmorgansbnk.com
Capital Morris Bank Intl capitalmorrisbnk.com
Capital National Savings capitalnationalsavings.com
Capital Truss Bank capitaltrussbk.com
Central Credit Union centralcreditunion.org
Ceylon Investment ceyloninvestmentinc.com
Chisepal Bank chisepal.com
Citires Bank citiresbnk.com
Clayton Merchant Bank cmebweb.com
ClouBank bank.clou.uk
Common Wealth Savings commonwealthlive.online
Cottage Federal Bank cottagefederalbk.com
Credit Group Bank creditgroupbank.com
Credit Group Finance creditgroupfin.com
Crystal City Bank crystalcitybank.com
Crystaline Bank crystalinebank.com
Dashme dashme.tips
DC Financial Corporation dcfinancialcorporation.com
Diamond Capital Bank diamondcapitalbank.com
Digit BCU digitbcu.com
Digital Chain Financial Services digic-services.com
Diloske Bank diloske.com
Diloske Bank diloske.com
Direct Trust Bank direct-trust.com
Dynasty Credit Union dynastycu.pro
E-Bank Finance Services e-bankfinanceservices.com
E-Banking e-bankingg.in
East State Financial eaststatefinancial.com
Eastern Capital Bank Intl easterncapitalbnk.net
Edenmark Finance edenmarkresbk.com
Ejcashh Digital Bank ejcashh-digital.ltd
Erst Bank erstaglobal.com
Eurocen Bank eurocenweboffice.com
Eva Capitals Bank Intl evacapitalsbnk.com
F&W Bank fandwininvestments.co.uk
Fargo Remit Bank newfagoremitb.com
Fargot Remit Bank newfagoremitb.com
Federal Credits Union federalcreditsunion.online
Fet Finance Bank fetfinance.com
Fid Monument Ltd. fidmontltd.com
Finance Truist finance-truist.com
Finance-Farm Bank finance-farm.com
Financial Credit Bank financialcreditbank.com
Finansbsi finansbsi.com
Finbond Mutual Bank Investment
Finex Bank bank.finexpats.com
Finlax Bank finlaxbank.com
Fintech Circle Limited fintechcirclelimited.com
First Global Financial Bank firstglobalfinance.org
First Investec Chartered Bank firstinvestecchartered.com
Forsy Trust Bank forsytrust.com
Fountain Wales Bank fountainwalesbank.com
FT Keystone Bank ftkeystone.com
Glenwood Trust glenwoodtrust.com
Global Access Banking globalaccessbanking.com
Global Trust Bank globaltrustbank.org
Golaris Trust golaris-tb.com
Goldon Horizon Bank goldonhorizonbank.com
Goodison Park Services goodisonparkservices.com
Grand Vault Asset grandvaultasset.com
Greater Tage Online Savings greatertageonlinesavings.com
GreenField Intercontinental Bank greenfieldintercontinental.com
Gross Credit Bank grosscredit.com
Hectro Bank hectrobank.com
HFX Credit Union hfxcreditunion.com
HSB Accountings hsbaccountings.com
ICBC icbc-ch.online
Immergrun Bank immergrunb.com
Inter Industrial Bank Ltd. interindustrialbank.com
Interconnected Savings Bank interconnectedsavings.com
InterIndustrial Bank (#2 with different domain) inter-industrialbk.com
Keystone Credit Union kscru.com
Kudask kudask.com
Lake Finance Trust lakeftrust.online
Lexingtons Bank lexingtonsbank.com
Links Finance Bank linksfinancebank.com
Livio Bank livio.online
Lloys Bank lld-bk.com
McCarthy Bank Plc mccarthyplc.com
Metro Bank metrofinca.com
Molet Bank moletbank.com
MoneyBarn Bank moneybarn.org
Monicrest monicrest.com
Montreal Financials montrealfinancials.com
Monz Online Bank onlinemonzb.com
Morgans Capital Bank Intl morgans-capital.com
Mountain One Bank moutainone.com
MTII Finance mtiifinance.com
Nat East Group Bank nateastgroup.com
National Credit Union Financial Service ncufinance.com
National Trust Bank nt-b.online
Naxa Bank naxa.ltd
Nesu Bank nesubank.com
Netbort Bank netbortbank.com
Nexton Trust Bank nextontrust.com
NexusNet Finance Bank nexusnetfinance.online
NSBlockFund – Banking & Loan Service nsblockfund.com
Ocean Vault oceanvault.online
OCJSB ocjsb.com
One Life Financial 1lifefinancial.com
Pacific Intercontinental Bank pacificintercontinental.com
PConnect Globals pconnectglobals.com
Pitrust Global Bank pitrustglobal.com
Plumas Holdings plumasholdings.com
PNC Capital Savings Bank pnccapitalsavings.com
Premier MFB premiermfb.com
Premier Trusts Bank premiertrustsbank.com
Prime Access Bank primeaccessb.com
Prime Bank Plc primebankplc.com
Primeways Union Bank primewaysunion.com
Private Funds Union Bank pfubank.com
Private Funds Union Bank #2 privatefundub.com
Pronation Bank pronationsbk.com
Qapital Trust Bank qapitaltrust.com
RBL Pay rblpay.in
Redox Private Finance rpfinanacial.com
Remiton Bank Ltd remitonbankltd.com
Revamp – Banking & Payment Processing Services revampbank.online
Revolt211 Online Access revolt21.online
Royal Cayman Islands Federal Credit Union rcifcu.com
Royals Treasury royalstreasury.com
Sansbury Bank sansburybk.com
Santander Bank (Malicious mimic) santaderonline.com
Serca Bank sercabank.com
Shell Investment Bank shellinvestmentb.com
Shri Saideep Urban Nidhi Limited saideepurban.com
Silver Bank silverbanking.info
Silver Oak Offshore silveroakoffshore.com
Silverpine Trust silverpinetrust.com
Spring Allied Bank springallied.com
Standard Digital Bank samuelcolles.com
Standard Vault Remit Bank fesimbank.com
Standard Vault Remit Bank #2 standardvaultremitb.com
Stargon Chartered Bank stargonchartered.com
Supra Finance Capital suprafinancecapital.com
Surge Online Bank surgebonline.com
Swed Credit Union swedcu.com
Swift Wells Credit Union swiftwl.pro
Swiss Group International theswissgroupintl.com
Swiss Online Bank onlineoneswiss.com
Switch Bank switchbnk.com
Synchrony Trust Credit Union synchronytrustcreditunion.org
The First Family Bank thefirstfamilybank.com
The Global Refund theglobalrefund.net
The Loan Bank the-loan-bank.com
The Private Bank Reserve Inc thepb.top
Transfast transfastonline.com
Trigit SafeBank trigitsafe.com
Trivial Bank trivialbank.com
Trucial Offshore trucialoffshore.com
Trust Corporate Ltd trustcorporate.ltd
Trust Hold Bank trustholdonline.com
Trust Sunrise Bank Wallet trustsunrise.com
Trusted Finance Bank tfncb.com
UBIFINCOR ubifincorporation.com
Uni Credit Trust Bank utb-b.com
Union City Trust unioncitytrust.com
Union Private Savings unionprivatesavingsinc.online
United Exchange Group unitedexchangegroup.com
United Union Capital unitedunioncapital.com
Unity Fexa Bank unityfexab.org
Velvet Trust Bank velvettrustonline.com
Vigo Trust vigotrust.com
Viser Bank (Crystal Finance Insitute) nextbank365.org
Viser Bank #2 (was Airway Finance) airwayfinance.com
WealthSpring Plc app.wealthspringplc.com
WescoGroups wescogroups.com
West Global Bank westglobalbanking.com
Western Alliance Bank westernalliancebnk.com
Westerns Standard Bank westernsstandard.com
Woori Financial Group Bank wuorifinancebn.com
Zenith Spring Bank zenithspringban.com
Zuxo Bank Plc zuxobankplc.com