FSMA warns of new fraudsters posing as banks

FSMA warns of new fraudsters posing as banks
Illustration picture shows a man at an ATM of BNP Paribas Fortis bank in the city center of Antwerp, Friday 08 May 2020. BELGA PHOTO KRISTOF VAN ACCOM

Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) put out a new warning on Wednesday about a new scam in which fraudsters impersonate numerous banks in an effort to deceive customers.

As with other attacks: victims are targeted by phone or email and then offered savings plans with the promise of high returns on investment. In the end, the victims are never able to recover their money.

The following names, email addresses and websites have been used in the latest fraud schemes:

  • NatWest, using email addresses ending with ‘@nw-secure.info’
  • ING-Diba, using email addresses ending with ‘@ingdiba-france.com’
  • TSB Bank, using email addresses ending with ‘@tsbonline-contact.com’
  • Ulster Bank, using email addresses ending with ‘@ulster-private.com’, and a website ‘https://monespace-secu.com/portefeuille.php’
  • Banca March

FSMA warns that the fraudsters may use these names for other bank services, including credit offers. The scam is based on the payment of fees that are supposedly necessary to open a line of credit.

"If you think you have been the victim of fraud, make sure you do not pay any additional sums to the contact," FSMA advises. "Please note, this is also and especially true if you are promised a refund in exchange for a final payment, as this is a technique frequently used by fraudsters in order to obtain additional funds."


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