Yesterday I received the email below from someone (JR) who had been emailed by 'Linda Parker' (almost certainly not her real name), an 'administrator' in the supposed 'Financial Investigations Unit, FILS Administration & Investigations' of 'Fidelity International'.
'May or may not interest you
Email from Linda Parker:
Begin forwarded message:From: Linda Parkinson <email@example.com>Subject: URGENT RESPONSE REQUIREDDate: 21 October 2020 at **:**:04 BSTTo:PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIALDo not circulate information contained in this email.This email contains information Solely for the named persons and no other.DearRef: CW-341-POLWe are currently upholding a financial investigation of a highly sensitive nature, we are not investigating yourself but we hold information that we would like to discuss with you at your earliest convenience.Due to the nature of our enquiries we do apologize for being quite limited in this email.Yours SincerelyLinda Parker.Administrator.
Phone: +44 203 740 4635Financial Investigations Unit.FILS Administration & Investigations
JR was right to be suspicious. Linda Parker and the Financial Investigations Unit,
FILS Administration & Investigations is a scam – pretending to be part of Fidelity International. Checking on the phone number given by Linda Parker using the Who called me site shows that the number is rated as 'dangerous'.
I suspect that this scam is a combination of advanced fee fraud and making JR's wine disappear through a putative wine deal that would rapidly go sour once any wine had been transferred to the fraudsters.
As JR found out their website was only registered on 7th October 2020:
Following JR notifying WIX, the web hosting company, the site has disappeared:
Fidelity appears to have been a target of scamsters for a while – not just wine but also cash ISAs offering an attractive rate of return. See warning from FCA in 2019:
Details of clone site 23.7.2019:
Back in July 2019 the scam contact was an 'Edward Harley'.
Details of the real Fidelity Group (authorised by the FCA):
Tips from Fidelity on avoiding scams. Their telephone numbers are: 017323-61144 or 0333-3003350.