Fraud and Scam Alert

Northfield Group companies regularly receive calls and emails from members of the public seeking clarification of copycat websites, business propositions, job offers, awards and monetary grants.

a) Business Propositions

The business propositions pretending to be made on behalf of Northfield Group companies come in different guises, but generally offering commodities, diesel, petrol/gasoline, crude oil, copper, aluminium and other commodities at a knockdown price and normally originate from Russia, China, African and other producing countries. The people initiating these propositions claim they are involved or had worked with Northfield Group companies and claim access to cheap petroleum products, minerals and agricultural products.  These proposals can look legitimate. Sometimes they also propose to award huge value contracts to the recipients of such emails.

b) Business Impersonation

A person created a website impersonating our company name and mimicking our trademarks, history and marketing materials. This company is supposedly registered in Hong Kong, having its head office in London and representatives offices around the world.

The website claims to be NORTHFIELD GLOBAL Ltd. and the owners of CNPC TONG DA PETROLEUM COMPANY LTD, which is a subsidiary of  CNPC (China National Petroleum Company) based and listed in Hong Kong.

The website was created on the 05th January 2021 using multiple SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) engines to appear first in any Google search which may tag Northfield Group, Northfield or Northfield Global. The first-page search listing is supposed to give credibility to the less informed public.

On the website, it is falsely claimed that:

In October 2020, as a spin off from the old management, a new Northfield Global Limited was created in Hong Kong, to extend its premium service to Buyers. Focus of the new Northfield Global is the fertilizer trading, middle-distillates and crude oil. With her HQ in London Northfield Global currently has representatives trading office in Shengzhen, Sao Paulo and Kuala Lumpur.”

Northfield Group has taken legal action regarding ongoing fraud and impersonation and made official complaints with the Federal Office of Police of Switzerland and the Hong Kong Police Force.

NORTHFIELD GLOBAL LIMITED 

Registration No. 3004292, Hong Kong
Origin: Hong Kong / China
Person (s): Leanny H’ng, Hare Taj, Marcelo Neu, S.K. Chong

Domain Information

website: www.northfield.group
Name: northfield.group
Internationalized Domain Name: northfield.group
Registry Domain ID: 0bee135e159646f18b8666cae81cdb90-DONUTS
Domain Status: active
Nameservers: ns9.wixdns.net   ns8.wixdns.net

Dates:
Registry Expiration: 2022-01-05 09:59:07 UTC
Updated: 2021-03-02 16:02:42 UTC
Created: 2021-01-05 09:59:07 UTC

Registrant:
Organization: Northfield
Mailing Address: Kowloon, HK
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Technical:
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Administrative:
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Registrar Information

Name: ALIBABA.COM SINGAPORE E-COMMERCE PRIVATE LIMITED
IANA ID: 3775

Authoritative Servers
Registry Server URL: https://rdap.donuts.co/rdap/domain/Northfield.Group
Last updated from Registry RDAP DB: 2021-09-24 21:26:45 UTC
Registrar Server URL: https://whois.aliyun.com/rdap/

c) Recruitment Scams

The job offers come from organizations falsely pretending to recruit on behalf of Northfield Group companies or by people claiming to work for or be affiliated with a Northfield Group company. These propositions notify individuals that their qualifications were found suitable to work as an employee (local or expatriate) for a Northfield Group company and solicit the transfer of significant sums of money to pay for work permits, insurance policies, etc.

Please note that Northfield Group companies (nor any of the organisations that recruit on our behalf) will ever ask for any money or payments from applicants at any point in the recruitment process. All individuals who are successful in gaining an offer of employment from a Northfield Group company, whether directly or indirectly, are always required to go through a formal recruitment process. All communications should originate from a verifiable Northfield e-mail address and not from an Internet e-mail address e.g.: Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo etc.

d) Awards and Grants

The awards of prizes and monetary grants often come through via text messages and/or e-mails purporting to be from Northfield Switzerland, informing that the recipient has won in the Northfield Group lottery promo and similar non-existent competitions, and asking the customer to send money in order to receive the winnings.
Please note that Northfield Group companies are NOT involved in any lottery or mobile draws, e-mail/SMS (grant) awards.

d) Change of Banking Details Scams

An individual claiming to be an employee from a Northfield company, its Finance department, or a representative of Northfield informs a customer/supplier that there has been a change to Northfield bank account details. The customer/supplier is then instructed to make a payment to a new bank account, the details of which are then provided telephonically or via email. Alternatively, a customer/supplier may receive an email containing a URL to what appears to be a Northfield branded website, where they are asked to enter their banking details in order to make a payment.

What to do…

    • Do not respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or job offers from people or e-mail addresses you do not know or trust.
    • Do not disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know or trust or on a website you do not trust. Should you have disclosed this information to somebody you do not know or trust or to a website you do not trust consider reporting the incident to your local law enforcement.
    • Be on the lookout for suspicious signs – e.g. communications from non-northfield-group.com e-mail addresses (e.g. from a yahoo.com address); poor use of English; and requests for money.
    • Northfield Group companies will never request any banking details for payment to Northfield. Do not respond to the email, click any links in the email, or provide information over the telephone. Instead, send a separate email to or call your Northfield representative that you typically work with to confirm whether the request received is legitimate.

Our position…

Northfield name and identity is being used fraudulently in these instances. In as much as we sympathise with anyone who has lost money in this way, Northfield Group companies cannot accept any responsibility.