One of the fake banks mentioned on the new fake regulator list claims to be The South African Bank of Athens Limited.
The real The SA Bank of Athens has been operating in South Africa since 1947, and has re-positioned itself as a new banking entity – Grobank.
The fake bank was registered in March.
The fraudster simply stole the content of the real bank website and used it on another domain name. All the elements seen on the fake website belong to the real bank, from history to the contact details.
What is different is the area reserved for victims to register for opening a bank account, where we can find a contact phone number:
+44 758 869 1571 / +447588691571
Number billable as mobile number
Country or destination United Kingdom
Original network provider* Hutchison 3G UK Ltd
The victim will register and see the promised money. Next step - the fraudsters will ask various fees to be paid: for activating the bank account, clearance and IRS.
Entry in the aa419 Database of fraudulent websites: https://db.aa419.org/fakebanksview.php?key=139858
From the domain name registration:
Domain Name: bankathens.co.za
Updated Date: 2019-03-05 Creation Date: 2019-03-05
Registry Expiry Date: 2020-03-05
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2020-03-05
Domain Status: ok
Registry Registrant ID: REDACTED
Registrant Name: REDACTEDRegistrant Organization: UBX Solutions ltd
Registrant Street: REDACTED
Registrant City: REDACTEDRegistrant State/Province: New York
Registrant Postal Code: REDACTEDRegistrant Country: US
This is what the fake website looks like:
UBX Solutions ltd is known since 2010, when the very first domain name created by the named entity was firstly reported for online fraud with rugalinvest.com. At that time, the registrant was:
UBX Solutions Ltd
Emeka Awa (firstname.lastname@example.org
Plot 1358 Affayum str
Abuja Capital Tercltory,23409
Tel. +080.60657266 / +2348060657266.
In 2014, another fraudulent domain name, ikbcl.com, pretending to be Investkredit Bank Cyprus Limited, was reported for fraudulent activities. The registrant was the same.