A reader forwarded me this scam as he was concerned that it looks legitimate and wants to warn readers not to be taken in by this scammer.
How can we tell it is a scam?
1) Look at the phone number. It’s a mobile phone number – a real Lloyds TSB communication would include a landline number.
2) Look at the email address that this email came from and that you are being asked to reply to – firstname.lastname@example.org. A real Lloyds TSB communication would come from an email address associated with their website.
3) What information do the scammers ask for? A copy of your passport, drivers license or identity card. I feel a case of identity fraud coming on here.
If you reply to this scammer, I’m sure you will find yourself being asked to send money for fees.
NEVER click on a link in, or reply to a bank email. ALWAYS enter the address of your bank directly into your browser. If you feel you may have fallen victim to a scam bank email – contact your bank IMMEDIATELY.
Our ref: UKLTSB/02-J/1065
Thank you for contacting us at Lloyd’s Tsb Bank United Kingdom.
We have here lodged in our bank an amount of funds legally deposited by LG ELECTRONIC COMPANY with instruction to transfer to a new offshore account that might possibly be name with your said presentation., However this transfer is subject to final verification before we can initiate transfer.
SUBJECT OF VERIFICATION.
To ensure a secure and safe transfer of the funds between both parties involved, we are to verify your personality and authenticity because Lloyd’s TSB Bank plc., will not be accountable to any lost there after.
*Also, send via email, your valid Fax number(s) (If available) and contact address(es)
As soon as we finalise verification and confirm OK., we will advise you further on wire details.
We look forward for your prompt response.
Yours in service,
Bryan D. Ellis
Account Officer In Charge,