About BLME

Bank of London and The Middle East (“BLME”) is an independent UK bank based in London with a representative office in Dubai.

Be Safe Online

BLME does not:         

  • Send unsolicited emails requesting money or personal information     
  • Request advance funds from you to participate in a business venture  
  • Run any Lottery or Prize Draw events      
  • Request funds from you to invest without first having received an investment application form from you               

How to protect yourself online           

Avoid online fraud and con-tricks such as:                       

  • Prizes for lotteries that you have not entered
  • Business opportunities from companies that you have not heard of before  
  • Emails from your bank asking for pin numbers or other personal information or cash transfers
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Learn to spot fake emails and websites by being aware of:                      

  • Unprofessional looking websites or emails containing spelling errors
  • Requests for personal information such as bank account numbers
  • Requests for you to transfer funds in order to claim a prize or get a job or a loan
  • Unusual looking email or website addresses. For example UK websites usually end in ‘co.uk’ or ‘.com’ and professional emails will not be from a private email account such as hotmail or gmail                      

Protect your personal data by          

  • Installing anti-virus software and ensure that it is kept up to date
  • Setting passwords and security pins on your computers and mobile phones
  • Not storing passwords or other sensitive information on your computer or mobile phone in a manner that could be understood by someone else    
  • Securely and carefully storing or shredding and disposing of any personal information such as bank statements                          

If in doubt                       

  • Do not transfer money without being sure that you have not been scammed
  • Do not share personal information online       
  • Call the company directly and ask why they have contacted you        
  • Check the Financial Services Register to see if the company or individual is authorised by or registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)   
  • Visit www.fca.org.uk/consumers or www.getsafeonline.org for advice and more detailed information