Hong Kong alerts public to fictitious Internet bank

Hong Kong alerts public to fictitious Internet bank

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is alerting members of the public to a suspected Internet fraud involving 'Banquedenationale Bank', a fictitious bank operating from a Web address hosted in Beijing.

According to the Web site, which is still active, Banquedenationale Bank has offices in Hong Kong, New York and London. The HKMA believes the entity may have been established to capture bank account log-in details from credulous investors.

The site has been referred to the Hong Kong Police Force who are liaising with their counterparts on the Chinese mainland to track down the owners.

In a statement, HKMA says: "Members of the public in Hong Kong are reminded to verify the status of any organisation making use of the Internet to solicit deposits from the public."

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