be a Once in a lifetime Director of the Bank, and documents for million-dollar deals sign: it needs no laborious career in Banking more. It can range from a few Thousand dollars in your pocket – provided that one knows no scruples.
unbelievable, but real. Documents from a new data leak show for the first time, that you can buy for a five-figure sum complete Fake-banks that exist only on paper. If you get a letter box company in the African state of the Gambia, an address that does not exist. You may choose a Bank name. Also, the fictitious capital, the shareholders and all Further determines, in its sole discretion.
In the data leak, such Gambian banks find themselves with an alleged capitalization of over a billion dollars. They are partly connected even to the Swift System, so they have an internationally accepted payment address. But the whole thing is just a Trick. "I can confirm that we have licensed any offshore banks," says Dr. Seeku Jaabi, Deputy Governor of the Gambian Central Bank on request.
30 million from Nothing
Until today have scammed scammers with worthless guarantees of such Gambian companies in different countries, tens of millions of dollars. Is affected, of all things, the banking country of Switzerland.
On the 29. March 2016 a certain amount of Axios Credit Bank also provided a guarantee of about $ 30 million. The money was intended for the company of the then-celebrated Swiss space pioneer Pascal Jaussi. The Canton of Vaud wanted to wear satellite with an aircraft up to ten kilometers in height, to shoot you from there easier in the Orbit. Prominent Swiss Astronaut Claude Nicollier promoted Jaussis Start-up S3. The was 2013. In the spring of 2016 Jaussis company was virtually broke.
2013 Astronaut Claude Nicollier campaigned for Pascal Jaussis space plans. Three years later, Jaussi from relied on a Fake Bank in order to avert the risk of bankruptcy. Photo: Olivier Allenspach ("24 Heures")
But then a shady Arabian Investor by the name of Amin Forati suddenly brought the supposedly saving Bank guarantee of $ 30 million. The unknown Axios Credit Bank – so it was believed – would pay in case of emergency the bills. 30. March 2016, just a day after the receipt of the guarantee, catapulting the share capital of S3, from before 100’000 Swiss francs to 28.9 million Swiss francs.
The Canton of Vaud commercial register office to expect the warranty as a new capital. A trust company and a notary from the blessed of the capital increase. The register of Commerce says it did rely on the information provided by S3 and not had to consider the Bank guarantee of the law. The escrow company, Jaussi and Forati not want to comment on the case.
The Axios Credit Bank promised $ 30 million to pay for Jaussis company, but the money never came.
The 300-fold increase in capital because of this Bank guarantee, quickly had a very real impact in Switzerland. Jaussis company S3 could postpone the insolvency in court considerably. His creditors had to wait. Included also in the Canton of Vaud taxpayers. The Canton had lent Jaussis company before half a Million Swiss francs. Around 4 million Swiss francs came to Tax losses and social expenses for employees.
And Jaussi was now suddenly back as credit-worthy. A few weeks after the warranty of the renowned Industrial Philippe Petit Pierre paid a Million francs of his own money to Jaussis company. S3 could even sell more expensive Tickets for a promised flight in zero gravity, that would never take place. In July, Investor, Petit Pierre then asked about the 30 million. But the money never showed up.
Axios is a Bank that existed only on paper. She is now appearing in a new data leak that has evaluated the Tamedia Recherchedesk.
The Situation got out of joint. According to the Prosecutor's office staged Jaussi, at the time, even a fire attack on himself. Because of the wrong million guarantee, but he went until the beginning of 2017 in bankruptcy. The Bank guarantee has pushed the date nine months after the back. The Freiburg public Prosecutor's office determined since then for fraud and forgery. A spokeswoman says the "use of documents must be regarded as wrong, such as, for example, the guarantee of the Bank".
Today it is clear that Axios is a Bank that existed only on paper. She is now appearing in a new data leak, the have evaluated the newspaper "24 Heures" and the Recherchedesk of Tamedia, together with the Anti-corruption platform, OCCRP and other media partners. In it E-Mails a London Agency called Formations House. The sale of Gambian banks was part of your business.
In the data leak E-Mails from December 2014, showing how the agents celebrated the sale of their first Gambia-Bank to be found. "The first sale is! Too bad we can't toast with champagne," says the Agent. You talk about a "hot" customers, the wants of the Gambia-Bank "in Switzerland-sounding name".
In this E-Mail an Agent about a customer who wants to buy a Gambian Bank. He wants a "according to Switzerland-sounding name".
The Agent then makes a whole series of proposals. For example, "Provincial Bank of the Ticino GmbH" or "Swiss Bank Comercial". As the customer wanted something with Zurich on behalf of, the agent then too hot. After all, it is a Gambian Bank. "I proposed to him to less Bank-heavy places," he writes. "From my Switzerland-proposals Gstaad liked him best."
In the E-mail can understand how Formations House sold a number of Gambian banks. A was finally the Swiss General Bank & Trust. This is one of the buyer's Hong Kong Merchant Banking Corporation called. How dare you did this shows that you are noticed as the owner of an absurd company information with the name of "Holy seat of the Patriarch of Jerusalem" – with an address in the Gambia well. The capitalization of the "Patriarch of Jerusalem chose" for your Bank, 8 billion Hong Kong dollars, which is over one billion Swiss francs.
26-chief of a paper Bank
in fact, the banks were almost worthless. The agents requested only a few Thousand dollars. And that's even not wanted to pay the customers sometimes. A Partner of Formations House describes in an email how he had to threaten the customer, until he "died horrible death, the Bullshit stopped, and finally for the Royal Dubai Bank paid".
One of the clients, of not wanted to pay, was the Indian Thang. l. In the year 2016, at the age of 26, the young business man, already in his own paper Bank. It is the Axios Credit Bank. Thang L. was Jaussis Arab partners Amin Forati, the paper gave over 30 million dollars. But his Problem was obviously that his Bank showed up to this point in time, in fact in any register of companies. Pascal Jaussis warranty come from a"phantom Bank", wrote the "Handelszeitung" in September 2016.
The E-Mails show, such as Thang L. tried via Formations House its Axios in a Gambian Bank including a Swift convert. And while the 30-million-guarantee for Jaussi further delivery, and that the Swiss government determined lawyers due to fraud.
Instagram-picture of Thang L. (right) with his friend Paween S. in Hong Kong. Thang L. gave Jaussi, the value of Bank guarantee.
2017 bought Thang L. first of all, the paper Bank Financial Trust & Guarantee Bank Limited. He let you then rename in Axios Credit Bank. The founding date has been brought forward to 2015. It looked, in fact, that it was a working day. The capitalization you chose $ 50 million. Had to pay for Thang l. 20’350 British pounds.
"you can view the Details of your Bank, so the shareholders, the Board of Directors, etc., sticking in the attached form," wrote the agent to Thang L. This chose according to the mail, for his young friend Paween S. as the Board of Directors. He runs a beauty salon in Bangkok.
in the meanwhile the Axios Credit Bank was merrily guarantees. By February 2018, for example, wrote numerous letters of credit to a number of letter-box companies for business in Bangladesh. According to the Central Bank of Bangladesh to 163 million dollars from a state were diverted own Bank. 22 people are now accused in the case.
On request, Thang L. confirmed that the Axios 2016 belonged to him and he issued the 30-million guarantee to Forati, so the Investor from Jaussi. But Forati myself have secured the money. He had only issued the paper. For 5000 Dollars. Then he sold the Bank for a six-digit amount. So "at a Profit," he assured.
A glance at the Internet shows that many of the Gambian banks are still active today.
Created: 04.12.2019, 12:03 PM