Fraud and security
Worried you have been a victim of fraud?
Have you noticed suspicious activity on your account and are you worried that you may have been a victim of fraud?
Check the details of the transaction(s)
As a first step, we recommend that you check the details of the transaction that you are concerned about immediately as there can be several legitimate explanations for the unrecognised transaction. We have added some of the most common ones below to get you started:
- Does the company to which the payment transaction has been made trade under an alternative tradename/alias which is different to their official business name/registered company name? You can find information about a company’s registered company name and trading name on Companies House's website.
- Could the payment transaction be for a regular payment for a subscription service?
- Could you have been charged by a subscription service after the expiry of a free trial period for a product/service?
- Could the payment transaction have been made by a joint account holder or a secondary cardholder?
Companies House: https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/
Report your concerns
If you still do not recognise the transaction after having completed the checks above and continue to be concerned that you have been a victim of fraud, you must report your concerns to your bank or payment services provider (“PSP”) immediately. It is your bank’s or PSP’s responsibility to contact the beneficiary bank or PSP and investigate your concerns. We recommend providing your bank or PSP with as much detail as possible for an efficient and effective investigation.
Please remember that fraud is a crime. In addition to reporting it to your bank or PSP, you should also report it to the police via the ActionFraud website. The police will log the details of the incident and give you a crime reference number.
What happens next?
As soon as your bank or PSP has information for you, or needs further information, they will get in touch with you. However, feel free to contact your bank or PSP if you require an update.
How can ClearBank help in resolving fraud?
As an agency and transactional banking and foreign exchange and multi-currency services provider as well as a direct participant in the Faster Payments, Bacs and CHAPS payment schemes, we are able to provide our bank and PSP customers with the ability to process payments for their customers by utilising our banking license and technology solutions. This means that we do not oversee day-to-day operation and management of any account(s) held with our customers, as it is our customers’ responsibility being the beneficiary bank or PSP. As such, to deal with any suspected fraud related issues in the most effective and efficient way, your bank or PSP will need to contact our customer (acting as the ‘Beneficiary Bank’) directly and raise a Fraud Indemnity Claim given that ClearBank, as a provider of agency services does not have access to the systems of our customers.
We also provide a Banking as a Service (“BaaS”) solution whereby we outsource certain aspects of the end customer interface which allows our BaaS partners to provide the end customers with FSCS eligible protected deposit accounts. To deal with any suspected fraud related issues for these types of accounts, you should reach out to our BaaS partner servicing the deposit account in the first instance.
To identify the Beneficiary Bank, use the Sort Code Checker to identify the Beneficiary Bank associated with the sort code:
- Enter https://www.fasterpayments.org.uk/sort-code-checker in the address bar of your browser.
- Enter the Bank’s sort code in the Type the sort code below field and click Check sort code.
- The name of the institution that owns the sort code will appear here
- The name of the Bank associated with the sort code that you have entered will appear in the Branch/Office field.
To contact the Beneficiary Bank, you can find the Beneficiary Bank’s details on FCA’s Financial Services Register at https://register.fca.org.uk, or the Beneficiary Bank’s proprietary website.
Having followed the above steps, if you require any further help or support, please send an email to [email protected] providing us with a summary of the suspected fraud including the date and reference of your bank’s or PSP’s fraud indemnity claim.
Other useful resources
- ActionFraud: UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre
- Take Five - To Stop Fraud: National campaign that offers straightforward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud
- Metropolitan Police
- National Cyber Security Centre: Provides advice and support for the public and private sector in how to avoid computer security threats and online fraud