Dr. Frank Rodwell, head of International Transfer Department at Barclay’s Bank Plc. UK, needs your information — um … for real?
In a different take on the international transfer of funds, Barclay’s Bank, has been added to the list of companies that are being used as a front for scams.
In this notification, the recipient is asked to give name, address, occupation, phone number and to call a hotline to receive $15.8 million from an International Monetary Fund assessment. The company claims to be sending you a Non-Residential Clearance Form to enable them to credit “your account directly by telegraphic transfer or through any of our corresponding banks.”
The promise is a transfer within five working days. Simply contact Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org. The website barclaysonline-co.tk is not found (http://barclaysonline.tk has been suspended because of abuses), according to the Dot TK domain holder. It traces back to New Zealand.
Phone number – a hotline – 44 702-408-2906 gives no response, and a long distance charge.
Remember the red flags:
- Poor grammar and spelling,
- asks for personal or financial information,
- international (out-of-country) monetary requests,
- unsolicited email, and
- no previous business dealings with the company.