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  1. #1
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    Feb 2008
    The Celtic Lands

    Is your Bank legitimate?

    Many scams rely on the lack of knowlege by the law-abiding people that they target. The more information about fake banks and similar institutions we can provide the better the chance that an innocent person will not have their real bank details or identity stolen by the criminals.

    If you receive what appears to be an offer of banking or financial services, or find a web-site of what purports to be a bank or similar, and don't know if the institution is genuine and legitimate, then you can find every legal bank and similar service by checking with the regulator in the origin country. The site

    has a link to every bank regulation authority in every country, world wide.

    If you go to this site you can scroll down the page to find the country you want information for; click on the link at the left side which is the country name and you will get a page of details about the country, its central bank and other demographic and similar information. Clicking on the regulator's name next to the country name will ask you to "log in" which most people will not be able to do as they will not have a subscription to the Bankers Almanac, but if you copy the name of the country and the regulator and paste into Google, you will get the home web-site of the regulator: for example:

    Uruguay | Banco Central del Uruguay

    if posted into Google gives the first returned answer as:

    Banco Central del Uruguay

    which then has a link to Registro de Instituciones where you can track down any regulated bank.

    If you can't find the name of a "Bank" in the regulator's index, IT IS A FAKE

    If you can't find a real address for the bank, then it is probably a fake, as every legitimate bank will publish its head office address and contact details. Again, check any address in Google and see what else comes up. You may be suprised to find all kinds of other "institutions" sharing the address and there may be links to other fraud and scam reporting sites. Have a look at the Google Map and Satellite links - a major finacial instution won't have its head office in the middle of a housing estate! If "Street View" is available have a look at ground level. (We once found a Swiss "Bank" which had as its address a "Postal Drop Office" in Los Angeles!)

    If an email comes from a "free" service or a service which does not have the same name as the bank, then it is probably a fake.

    If you have any doubts or questions about a "Bank" or similar financial institution then please post a question at Is This a Scam? and we will try to get you an answer as soon as possible. Please remember to come back and check for a reply!
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Unauthorised internet banks

    Abbeycorp Online / Abbey Corp Online
    Abbey Investment Banking Limited
    Abbey Trust Finance
    Abidjan Trans-Diplomatic Securities
    ABN Finance & Securities
    Access Trust Bank (
    Africa Amalgamated Banks Corp
    Afri-Euro Monument Bank (
    Alfa Private Bank
    Alied Trust
    Alliance Bank
    Alliance Bank ( &
    Alliance Credit & Trust Bank
    Alliance Finance & Trust Bank
    Alliance Investment Group
    Alliance Trust and Securities
    Alliance Trust Bank
    Alliance Trust Finance and Securities
    Allied Africa Bank Corporation
    Allied Chartered Bank / Allied Scottish Bank
    Allied Chartered Bank Finance and Securities
    Allied Financial Trust Bank
    Allied Investment Bank
    Allied Investment Group
    Allied Security & Finance House
    Allied Security Finance House
    Allied Trust Bank
    Allied Trust Merchant Bank or Allied Trust Merchant Brokers Limited
    Alpen Bank Ltd
    Alternative Financing LLC
    Amalgamated Banks of Africa Corporation
    Amalgamated Payment Center / Amalgamated Bank
    Amax Trust Financial Limited
    Amax Trust Clearing House
    Amax Trust
    Amco Bankers/AMCO Corporation
    American Bride Bank
    Amax Trust Andros Bank of Investment
    Androson Bank
    Apex Continental Bank Plc
    Apex Continental Plc/Apex Trust Bank Plc (
    Apex Development Bank
    Arab Bangladesh Bank
    Argyle Finance
    Argyle Trade Finance Limited
    Ary Bank Limited (
    Assets Equity Finance
    Associate Standard Bank (AS Bank)
    Assurance Financial & Security Services
    Atlantico Trust Finance
    Atlantic Union Bank
    Atlantique Credit Bank CI

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    Banca Delintesa plc
    Banca Financial Caripplo (
    Banc Bursatil
    Banco Platinum International Bank
    Banco Societiale Limited
    Banco Trust International
    Bank for International Settlement
    Bank of Africa Online
    Bank of Africa plc
    Bank of Caledonia Limited
    Bank of Manchester (
    Bank Monarch
    Bankers Trust International, at (no connection with the authorised Bankers Trust International) &
    Banque Afrique
    Banque Atlantique UK
    Banque Nationale .com
    Barclays & Crouch (B&C)
    Barrie Credit Union Limited
    Barrington Bank London
    Belldock Private Credit Bank/Belldock Private Credit Bank Global Private Banking
    Benelux Bank Corporation
    Benelux Capital SA
    BICICI (Cote D'Ivoire)
    BICICI Offshore Trust Canada
    Blue Sky Securities/Bluesky Securities ( (involved with a bogus lottery)
    Bolton Financial Trust
    Bonds and Creditors UK
    Bond Trust Bank PLC / Bond Trust Investments Bank PLC
    Bowden Ventures *
    BP Hambros Bank & Trust (London) Limited
    BP Private Banking
    Brent Bank and Trust Company
    Brent Cross Bank
    Bristol Private Bank
    Bristol Trust Private Bank Inc
    British Base Bank
    British Crystal Bank
    British Financial Group
    British National Bank ( (also known as British Finance Trust)
    British National Bank (
    Broad Alliance Bank
    Broad Bank Plc
    Broadbank Finance & Security Banking
    Broad Finance Limited
    Bromwich Albion Bank
    Bursanet (a.k.a. Bursatil Clearing Corporation)
    Bursatil Bank Group Limited
    Bursatil Financial
    Bursatil Clearing Corporation

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    Cahoot Trust and Finance Inc
    Caledonian Banking Co Ltd/Caledonian Banking Group
    Capital and Resource Management Ltd
    Capital Asset Finance
    Capital Bank of London
    Capital Finance & Credit Limited
    Capital Financial and Investment Corporation
    Capital Offshore Bank
    Capital Trust Corporation
    Capital Trust Bank (Europe) plc
    Capital Trust Bank London Plc/London Capital Trust Bank/Captial Trust Bank/
    Capitec Offshore Bank
    Cathey International Bank
    Central Finance and Securities
    Century UK Bank
    Certitude Trust Finance
    Charing Cross Trust Bank
    Chartered Finance & Diplomatic Services/Chartered Finance Online
    Chartered Finance Holding
    Chartered Financial Holdings Limited
    Chartered House Cash Centre Inc
    Chartered Securities and Finance
    Chartered Union Bank
    Citi Finance Bank
    Citi Trust Bank
    Citi Trust Finance Bank
    Citi Trust Finance & Security Plc ("CTFS")
    Citi Trust Security and Finance Company
    Citizens and Wells Corporation
    City Credit Online
    City Express Bank PLC
    City Finance and Loan Firm
    City National Bank
    Clariden Trust
    Clearing Direct UK
    Commercial Express Bank SA
    Commercial Trust Bank
    Commonwealth Bank Limited
    Commonwealth Bank of England
    Commonwealth Trust Company
    Continental Bank of London
    Continental Bank Trust
    Continental Bonds & Finance Services, London
    Continental Credit Union Bank
    Continental Offshore Finance
    Continental Offshore Finance & Security Ltd
    Continental Securities Savings and Loans
    Continental Trust Bank
    Continental Trust Brokers
    Continental Trust Finance
    Cooperative Online Bank (
    Corporate Securities Company
    Cosplan Trust & Securities (
    County International (
    Coventry Private Bank
    Credit Bank of United Kingdom
    Credit Capital Bank
    Credit Capital Limited
    Credit Commercial Bank
    Credit Coop - Capital Investment
    Credit Nominees Bank (Global Financial Services)
    Credit Nominees London
    Credit Swift Finance
    Credit Trust Bank
    Credit Trust Finance
    Credit Trustees Investment Bank
    Credit-Trustees Bank
    Credit Union Bank
    Crown Cave Finance & Credit Union
    Crystal Bond Bank
    Crystal Bonds and Securities
    CTB Limited

    Devcom Bankers
    Devon Bank
    Diamond Bank plc
    Diamond Gate Bank
    Digital Bank London Plc
    Digital Bank Plc
    Dockyard Finance International Online
    Dominant Finance Bank

    Eagle Bank & Financial Services (
    Ecowas Development Bank Group
    Ecowas Development Bank Limited
    Edward Barrington Corp
    Edward Barrington Corporation
    eGold Finance
    English Royal Bank a/k/a " ERB Finance"
    Equatorial Trust Bank Inc
    Equitorial Trust Bank
    Equity Bank International
    Equity Bank Limited / Equity International Bank Ltd (
    Equity Finance & Securities
    Equity International Financial Services Limited (EIFSL) (
    Equity Investment
    Equity Trust Bank Limited
    Equity Trust Enterprises
    Equity Trust International
    Equity Trust International Bank Limited
    ETB Limited
    EU Assets (trading as Credit Capital Limited)
    Euro-Asia Direct Bank
    Eurobank International Ltd
    Eurobank OJSC *
    Eurochartered Bank UK
    Euro Credit and Loans (;
    Euro Direckt Bank
    Euro Investments
    European Union Investment Bank, London (
    Euroswift Private Bank
    Euro Swift Private Bank
    Euroswift PB
    Euroswift Group
    Euro Swiss Finance & Securities Group (ESFS)
    Euro Trust Fiduciary
    Euro Vaults Fiduciary
    Excel Exchange Finance

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    FBS Banking PLC
    Federal Reserve Bank of Nigeria
    Fidelity Trust Bank (Fidelity Trust Bank Online:,
    Fidelity Trust Finance Plc London
    Fidelity Union Trust Bank
    Finance Assured
    Financial Clearing House (London)
    Financial Merchant Bank & Security Services (Online)
    Financial Securities Co
    Financial Trust Bank
    Financial Trust Corporation
    Financial Trust Incorporated
    Financial Trust Incorporation
    Financial Trust Independent Financial Planning
    Financial Trust Securities
    Financial Trust UK
    Financial Union Limited
    Financiera Bursatil
    Finanznachrichten Finance House Bank
    Finascore Fiduciary
    Finascore Finance
    Finascore Fudiciary
    First Alliance Bank of Luton (also involved in lottery fraud)
    First Allied international bond bank
    First Altantic Chartered Bank Limited
    First Capital Trust Bank / First Capital Trust Bank Online
    First Chartered Bank Limited
    First Chartered Investment Banking Corporation (
    First Choice Bank
    First Citi Bank
    First Citi Direct
    First City Credit and Loans
    First City Securities (a.k.a. Frizzell Securities)
    First Continental Bank
    First Corporate Clearing House
    First Global Securitie
    First Global Securities
    First Global Security
    First International Trust Bank
    First Merchant Investment Bank
    First Merit Bank Online
    First National Holding & Trust Ltd
    First Net Bank Ltd
    First Oceanic Bank (
    First Planet Bank
    First Regent Trust
    First Securities and Funds
    First Standard Finance Bank
    First Transnational Banking Corporation
    First Trust Bank
    First Trust International Bank
    First Trust Bank London
    First Trust Euro bank
    First Trust International Bank
    First Union Bank London
    First Union London
    First Union National Bank
    First Union Offshore Bank
    First Union Securities
    First Union Securities & Diplomatic Courier
    First Union Securities & Finance
    First Union Trust
    Fischer Consortium Limited
    Fleet Bankers
    Floris Bank
    Floris Finance Limited
    Forex Bonds Associates
    Forex Bonds UK
    Fortune Private Bank
    Forum International Bank
    Foundation Trust Bank (UK)
    Fountain Trust/Fountain Trust Bank
    Freedom Promotions
    Freedom Universal Promotions
    Fuma Global Ventures and Trust
    FX Finance Investment Solutions

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    G2 Capital Markets (links with GIB, or Geneva International Bank)
    GeldTrust Bank International Limited (;
    GeldTrust Group
    Geld & Trust Group
    Geneva International Bank (GIB) (links with G2 Capital Markets)
    Global Assets Bank and Securities
    Global Assets Management/Finance Company
    Global Assurance Private Bank (at &
    Global Finance Management Bureau
    Global Financial Trust
    Global Funds Transfer & Security Company
    Global Security Finance Company
    Global Trust Company
    Global Trust Finance Group
    Global Trust Finace & Security International
    Global Trust Finance & Security International
    Globe Trust Bank
    Gold Bank Merchant Limited
    Gold Trust Finance
    Golden Trust Bank
    Goldfields Consultants AG
    Gorsebank (Investments) Limited
    Grandville Investment Private Bank ( (also known as Surrey Private Bank / Surrey Private Bank UK (
    Gregory & Krest
    Gregory & Krest Investment (Private Banking)
    Griffon Private Bank
    Griffon Private Clients
    Guarantee Offshore Finance
    Guarantee Trust Bank, London
    Guardian Bank
    Guardian Bank & Trust
    Guardian International Bank Plc
    Guardian Trust Finance Ltd
    Gulf Bank International
    Gulf Building Society

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    Hallmark Bank NA
    Hallmark Finance & Savings Bank (at
    Hallmark Trust Finance
    Hallmark Trust Finance Bank
    Hamilton Bank
    Hamilton Bank International
    Hampshire Banking
    Hasell Atlantic Bank Plc (
    Hertford Union Mercantile & Trust Bank
    Hertford Union Mercantile Trust Bank
    Hertford Union Merchantile & Trust Bank
    Hilton Allied Investment & Finance
    Hong Kong and Shanghai Securities Ltd
    Hong Kong & Shanghai Securities Limited ('HKSSL') (
    Household Bank Plc

    IBPS Alliance Bank
    Ideal Merchant Bank
    Immaculate Asset Management (
    IMK Bank
    Imperial Alliance Trust Bank
    Imperial Bonds Trust Bank
    Imperial Chartered Group
    Imperial Credit Union
    Imperial Financial Trust Bank
    Imperial Private Bank
    Imperial Stronghold
    Indemnity Bonds International
    Infinite Trust Bank
    Infinite Trust Bank Limited
    Infinite Trust Bank Investment Management Services
    Inland Base Bank
    Inter Bank Payment Services (link with Kenex Alliance)
    Interbond Creditors
    Inter-Bond Creditors
    InterCare Fiduciary
    Inter Care Fiduciary
    Inter City Bank
    Intercontinental Trust Bank
    Inter-Bank Payment Services
    Inter Group Finance
    Inter-Merchant Bank
    International Bank Afric
    International Bank of Settlement
    International Banking and Finance Security
    International Banking and Financial Security
    International Bank for Commerce and Industry (Ivory Coast)
    International Debt Management & Finance Corporation
    International Fiduciary Funding
    International Investment Bank
    International Credit Bank
    International Mercantile Bank
    International Park Merchant Bank Inter Trade Bank
    International Mutual Bank
    International Payment Centre Clearance (
    International Trade and Banking Services
    Internax Credit Trust
    Investment Bank of London Inc.
    Investment Capital Bank
    Investment Development Company
    Isle of Man Securities Courier & Finance
    Isle Of Man Securities Courier and Finance Company
    Ivory Bank
    Ivory F.S. Ltd (a.k.a. Ivory Bank)

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    James Alexander Private Bank
    Jarvis Continental
    Jet Leader Group Finance

    Kapital Equity Unlimited (
    Kapital Trust Bank
    Kenex Alliance
    Kenex Alliance Finance
    Kenex Alliance UK
    Kenex Finances

    Laiki-Trust Finance
    Lavernock Bank Limited
    Leeds Merchant Bank
    Libertons Bank Ltd
    Libra Bank
    Lightworld Creditors
    Lightworld Financial Services
    Link Trust Finances
    London Citi Bank International (no connection with the authorised Citigroup, Citibank
    London Home & Savings Ltd
    International Plc or their subsidiaries)
    London Citi Trust Bank / London Citi Trust Bank of Britain (
    London Trust Bank Plc
    Lloyds Guarantee Section Bank
    LTB Ltd

    Management Solutions & Finance
    Mandate Bank
    Mandate Online
    Mercantile Bank
    Mercury Bond Bank
    Meridian Bank Trust
    Meridian Trust Finance
    Metropolitan Credit Union, London (
    Metropolitan Mercantile Trust Bank
    Metro Private Bank
    Metro Private Fiduciary
    Metropolitan Trust Bank
    Millenium Security & Finance
    Mondo Banx
    Morgan International Bank
    Morgan International Bank London
    Morgan International Bank London Savings & Loan Ltd
    Morgan Trust Investment Bank
    Mortrust Bank
    M.P.S. Bank Limited (note: this is NOT connected with Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank)
    MSF Finance
    MSF Group Finance and Securities

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    Naffin Group Finance & Security Services
    NAL Trust Bank PLC
    National Bank, UK

    National Credit Bank
    National Credit Bank CI
    National Credit Bank (Cote D'Ivoire)
    National Credit Swift & Finance
    National Credit Union
    National Leicester Bank
    National Trade Union Bank
    National Trustee Ltd
    National Finance Bank (London), a.k.a. National Trust and Credit Union (London)
    Nationals First Bank
    Nat Merchant Bank
    Nations Merchant Bank
    Neapolitan Trust Bank
    Nedcredit Bank
    Neopolitan Trust Bank
    Newcastle Trust Bank
    Newcastle Trust Private Bank
    NGS Financial
    Noble Trust Bank
    Northern Pacific
    Northern Pacific Bonds and Trust
    NorthWest Bank
    Norwich Union Merchantile & Trust Bank
    Nova Bank of Scotland

    Oakridge International Finance Group
    Ocean Pacific Merchant Bank
    Oceanic Finance Corporation
    Oceanview Finance, previously Prime Winter Finance (at
    Offshore Bonds UK
    Offshore Bond & Creditors
    Offshore Bond & Creditors UK
    Offshore Bond & Creditors Trust Company (UK) Limited
    Offshore Creditors
    Offshore Credit Payment Commission
    Offshore Finance and Investment Bank
    Offshore Payment Centre
    Offshore Payment Commission and Security
    Offshore Security & Finance Company
    Off-Shore Security & Finance Company
    Offshore Bonds and Creditors Trust (UK) Limited
    Omega Security and Finance Company
    Orient Bank, London
    Orient Trust Bank
    Orient Trust Finance
    Orient Trust Online
    Overseas Asset Management Limited
    Overseas Credit and Trust Bank
    Overseas Credit Commission

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    Pacific Continental Trust
    Pacific Express International Bank
    Pacific Finance & Development Banking Corporation
    Pacific Private Bank
    Pacific Standard Finance
    Pacific Trust Bank
    Pan National Bank
    Pan Mercantile Bank
    PanMercantile Bank of London
    Paramount Bank
    PFD-Banking Corporation
    Philtrust Finance
    Philtrust Online Bank
    Pinnacle Finance and Trust
    Pioneers Bank
    Platinum Bank of London Plc/Platinum Bank London
    Platinum Bank Limited
    Platinum Financial House PLC
    Platinium Financial Trust Limited
    Platinum Financial trust Limited
    Platinum International Bank Ltd
    Platinum International Bank Ltd (
    Platinium Trust Bank ( Trust Security Services
    Platinum Trust Bank Online (
    Premium Trust Finance
    Prime Gold Bank
    Prime Security Bank & Trust
    Prime Trust Bonds
    Prime Trust Inc
    PROFUB Professional Government Underwriters
    Protocol International Bank Ltd
    Providian Asset Management Ltd
    Providian Asset Management & Financial Services
    Prudent Trust Bank

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    Rabo International Inc (at
    Reality Premium Plc
    Regent Bank Limited / Regent Bank Plc (
    Regent Finance
    Regent Trust Finance
    Reliance Trust Finance
    Royal Bank of Dorsetshire
    Royal Bank of Hertfordshire
    Royal Bank of London (
    Royal Bank Plc
    Royal Credit Finance
    Royal Crest Bank
    Royal Diplomatic Bank
    Royal Equity Bank
    Royal Exchange Bank
    Royal Finance Clearing House
    Royal Finance Group (in Leeds and London)
    Royal Oxford
    Royal Trust Bank
    Royal Trust Securities & Finance

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    Safico Group SRL
    Scotland Alliance Bank
    Secure Trust and Finance
    Secure Trust and Finance Online
    Securities and Finance Online
    Securities Banking and Investment
    Security Finance Bank
    Sky West Financial Services
    Society Trust Bank Co-operation
    Solid Rock Bank ( and
    Somerset Gate International
    Southern Finance and Securities
    Sovereign Financial Group
    Sovereign International Finance
    Sovereign International Finance Group (links with Pioneers Bank)
    Sovereign Trust Bank
    Stallion Trust Bank
    Standard Alliance Bank
    Standard Allied Bank
    Standard Assurance Bank London
    Standard Chattered Bank (,,
    Standard Chartered Cash Centre
    Standard Continental Bank (involved with a bogus lottery)
    Standard Credit Bank (trading as Credit Capital Limited)
    Standard Credit Finance
    Standard Credit Union Bank
    Standard Credit International
    Standard Finance
    Standard Financial Bank
    Standard Financial Trust Bank
    Standard Guarantee Trust Finance
    Standard Guaranty Trust Finance ( /
    Standard Guaranty Trust
    Standard Investment Bank
    Standard Investment Clearing House
    Standard Investment Trust Bank
    Standard London Alliance Bank
    Standard Mercantile Bank
    Standard Merchant Bank PLC
    Standard Merchantile Bank
    Standard Trust Finance and Security
    Standard Trust Securities and Finance
    Standard Trust Security and Finance
    Starcom Finance and Security Services
    Stem Trust Bank
    Sterling Investment Bank
    Sunset Finance & Diplomatic Courier Company Inc.
    Sunset Finance & Diplomatic Courier Inc.
    Sunset Finance & Diplomatic Courier (SFDC)
    Sunwest Trust Bank Plc / Sunwest Trust Bank Online (
    Surrey Private Bank / Surrey Private Bank UK ( (also known as Grandville Investment Private Bank (
    Swanton Abbot Investment & Trust Finance Ltd
    Swiss Atlantic Bank
    Swiss Bank Affiliate
    Swiss Royal Bank
    Sygma Group (at,,,;

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    Time Bank Limited / Time Bank London / Time Bank United Kingdom (
    Trafalgar Bank (
    Trans-Atlantic Private Bank
    Trans Atlantic Services International
    Trans-Diplomatic Corps Bank
    Trans-International Finance & Securities
    Trans-International Group
    Trans-International Group (or TIG Investment Securities Co.)
    Trend Atlantic Bank
    Trident Finance & Securities
    Trinity Trust Bank Plc
    Trust Allied Bank
    Trustshore Bank and Trust Corporation
    Trustshore Banking Corporation
    Trust International Bank (London)
    Trust Shore Bank
    Trust Shore Banking Corporation

    UK Bond and Creditors (a.k.a. Bonds & Creditors UK)
    Ulster Trust Online (
    UKNet Insurance
    Unicorn Finance Group
    Union Atlantic Trust
    Union Center National Bank Ltd
    Union Credit Bank
    Union Fidelity Security Trust
    Union South and Trust Bank
    Union Trust Bank and Finance
    United Central International Bank Ltd
    United Mercantile Credit & Investment Bank
    United Merchant Brokers and Private Bankers
    Unity Trust Finance Banking
    Universal Alliance Co.
    Universal Bank
    Universal Credit Union Bank
    Universal Credit Trust Bank
    Universal Exchange Finance
    Universal Investment Private Bank
    Universal Merchant Brokers and Private Bankers
    Universal Trust / Universal Trust Bank
    Universal Trust & Finance Bank
    Universal Trust Finance
    Universal Trust Finance (London UK)
    Universal Trust Finance Services
    Usson Bank
    Utility Trust Financial Securities

    Vanguard Trust Bank
    Vanguard Universal Trust
    Vanguard Universal Trust Company
    Virtual Security and Finance Ltd
    VIP Financial Bank Group

    Wales Investment Bank
    Wallmarks International Clearing House
    Wall Street Bank (
    WCCU International
    Webb Capital Partners *
    Western Finance Bank
    Westminster Express Bank
    White Horse Corporation (banking & finance)
    White Silver Finance and Security (London)
    Woolwich Trust Bank

    Yes Investment Holdings
    Zennith Merchant Bank

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