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Fraud Alert - Anonymous Bank Accounts

A notice to Maritime International Ltd. clients and visitors on fraudulent practices and scams to watch out for in the offshore.
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FRAUD ALERT - BANKING: ANONYMOUS BANK ACCOUNTS

2011 - There continues to be an increase in the number of websites offering so called "anonymous bank accounts" without the account holder having to provide KYC (Know Your Customer) identification. Please be aware that these offers can lead to your account funds being stolen or frozen.

It is illegal for banks to accept accounts without KYC information and attempts to circumvent this are a money laundering offence in most countries. Even worse, the methods used by agents selling such bank accounts give them full control over your account and YOUR money. They can withdraw your funds and since there is no identification of you as the owner in the bank records, you have no recourse in getting your money back.

Common methods employed by fraudsters are to set up an account with a bank and give you the Internet Banking access codes. But of course, THEY are the account owner and can strip your account at any time they wish. There are other methods too, but you can be certain of the following: If you are the owner/shareholder of a company and did not provide ID (passport and utility bill) to the bank, then you are not either a legitimate signatory on the bank account nor are you the owner of the bank account. Further, the bank documents will have been falsified since the Beneficial Owner of the company MUST be identified in the bank documents. Note too that a nominee shareholder is not a Beneficial Owner. The ultimate beneficial owner of an account must be identified to the bank when an account is opened properly and legally.

Contact Maritime International Ltd. if you are in doubt about the legitimacy of your bank account. There are many legal ways to ensure your privacy. Consult us at any time.

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