Victims are contacted online and informed about a huge amount of money they can receive. One options is a unknown dead relative or someone having the same family name as the victim. Another option is a dying widow, willing the donate "her" fortune to someone promising to use the money for the good causes like helping orphans and old people.
Following the initial messages, during which the victim is asked to provide personal information and sometimes even copies of his / her identity documents, the scammer will direct the victim to a bank where the "inheritance" is supposedly deposited. The victim will be asked to open an account on that bank, with the promise that they can transfer the inheritance money from the original bank account to their bank account on the same bank and after that into their own bank account.
After opening an account, that account need to be validated. For doing so a fee needs to be paid.
Getting the account validated will not allow the victim to transfer any amount. Because the money is in the bank custody for a while, there are other fees to be paid.
For how the entire scam works, please take a look at viewtopic.php?f=6&t=62973, where another fake bank created by the same fraudster was reported back in 2017.
From the fake website:
Commercial National Muscat Bank Ltd., formerly Havana International Bank Ltd. (HIB), was set up on October 3, 1972, as a Private Limited Company, by means of a Certificate of Incorporation issued by "Companies House", under the laws and regulations of the United Kingdom and is under the supervision of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), which was created as a substitute for the activities that were previously carried out by the Bank of England.
Leaf C, Tower 52, 55 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 20 8144 8751
Number billable as geographic number
Country or destination United Kingdom
Original network provider* Vodafone Ltd (C&W)
Entry in the aa419 Database of fraudulent websites: https://db.aa419.org/fakebanksview.php?key=138550.
From the fake site details:
Domain Name: CNMUSCATBANK.COM
Updated Date: 2019-02-23
Creation Date: 2019-02-23
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2020-02-23
Registrar: TUCOWS, INC.
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
This is what the fake site looks like: