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Fraudsters often look for data on people that they can use to impersonate or defraud them.
They may research you or your colleagues, so we advise that you educate your staff about protecting their data and ensure they are fraud aware too.
What kind of data might a fraudster steal?
Ways fraudsters might get hold of your data:
Money mules are people used to help launder money, often without realising that’s what they’re doing. They help move illegitimate funds (money gained illegally) between accounts so that the money then appears to be legitimate. They may be asked to receive money into their account, then withdraw it and put it into another account, sometimes in another country. Sometimes the money mules are offered compensation or commission.
Even if money mules don’t know the money they’re transferring is fraudulent, they are still committing fraud and money laundering, and could be sentenced to time in prison or to pay a fine.
Money mules are often recruited into this activity through false job adverts, or social media posts that promote quick money-making opportunities. Sometimes they are duped by fake social media profiles that pretend to want a romantic relationship with the victim to gain their trust and affection before asking this favour or blackmailing them. This is also known as romance fraud.
Never move money between accounts you don’t know and trust, especially because someone else has asked you to, or if you don’t know where that money has come from. If you are suspicious of money laundering, call us immediately on 0330 355 0355.
Phishing is a common type of internet fraud. Phishing emails are designed to appear as though they are from a legitimate source, but intend to steal personal information that can be used to access your account.
Do not respond to any email that asks for any information in relation to your internet banking log in details. If you have received a suspicious email, do not respond and call us if you need any further information.
Our Contact Team are available from 8am-6pm Monday-Friday, and 10am-4pm on weekends for fraud-related enquiries only. Outside of these hours you can request a call back using our automated system. Our Contact Team will call you back as close to the time you request as is operational possible. Alternatively please email us at email@example.com from the registered email address we hold for you and mark it urgent in the subject line.
Your eligible deposits with Triodos Bank UK Ltd are protected up to a total of £85,000. Learn more about the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
If the text is from a sender you know, or from a shortcode (five to eight digits long):
If the spoof text message (sometimes known as smishing) is from an unknown sender, or from an organisation you’re not familiar with:
Do not respond to any email that asks you for information about your internet banking log in details. If you have received a suspicious email, do not respond and call our Contact Team as soon as you can during our opening hours on 0330 355 0355 to check if it is a genuine email.
Our Contact Team is available 8am-6pm Monday-Friday, and 10am-4pm on weekends for fraud related enquiries only.
Outside of these hours you can request a call back using our automated system. Our Contact Team will call you back as close to the time you request as is operational possible. Alternatively please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org from the registered email address we hold for you and mark it urgent in the subject line.
It can be very difficult to spot a fraudulent call. The best thing you can do if you get an unexpected call – especially if the person is asking you to make a payment or move funds, or rushing you to make a decision – is to call the organisation back on the number published on their website.
Fraudsters may call you or someone in your team and pretend to be a well-known business like BT, the bank, HMRC, the police, a supplier or even another person in your business.
Examples of what a fraudster might ask you to do:
Vishing is where a fraudster uses voice messages or phone calls to try to steal identities, and financial information like your PIN, card details and Digipass code.
The term comes from the combination of ‘phishing’ and ‘voice’. Phishing is where fraudsters use email, regular phone calls and fake websites to dupe people into giving them personal details and financial information.
Vishing is specifically the use of a VOIP service (Voice Over Internet Protocol, or an internet phone service), which enables fraudsters to communicate with their potential victims via automated voice messages and the phone keypad.
Vishers can create fake caller ID profiles so that their phone number seems legitimate, and vishing requests sound urgent, to panic the victim into acting without thinking.
Examples of vishing:
What you can do
If you receive an unexpected phone call with an automated response, hang up, search for the company’s genuine contact details online and check whether the call was legitimate. If it was, the company will be able to help you, and if it was a vishing attempt, letting the company know enables them to take action, and you will have protected yourself from fraud.
How to report a vishing scam
If you think you have been a victim of a vishing attack, call us immediately on 0330 355 0355. Then report to the FCA using their reporting form.
If you have lost money to suspected investment fraud, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
We offer two impact investment funds - the Triodos Global Equities Impact Fund and the Triodos Pioneer Impact Fund. Both funds are available in two different share classes, distribution and capitalisation.
The minimum initial investment per Impact Investment Fund is £1,000, and the minimum top up amount is £500 per fund.
The minimum holding amount is £500 per share class. This means that your initial investment must be at least £1,000 per impact investment fund and £500 per share class. In addition to this, you are not able to sell part of your holding and leave a positive balance of below £500, and you will either need to sell your entire holding in that share class or if applicable a smaller amount.
If you receive a call from Triodos, we’ll be happy for you to question who we are and call us back on the number published on our website, just to make sure. If you can, call us back from a different phone, as an extra safety precaution. Fraudsters can clone numbers, so it may look like the number we use to call you.
We will never call you to ask you to transfer money or for your Digipass codes, and we will never ask you to download software onto your device. If someone calls pretending to be from Triodos, and they ask you to do these things, hang up immediately and report it to us on 0330 355 0355.
Bank impersonation fraud is when a fraudster impersonates someone from the bank in order to trick a victim into making payments to a fraudulent account.
What a fraudster might do:
What Triodos Bank will never do
What you can do to protect yourself
Triodos Bank does not offer mortgages for personal or business customers in the UK at present. We regularly review the products and services that we offer along with customer feedback to determine and prioritise future enhancements. However this is not a product we are looking to launch in the foreseeable future. We do offer this product in some of our European branches but at present there are no plans to launch in the UK. More about our business lending.
(From abroad: +44 117 973 9339)
We're open 8am-6pm Monday-Friday.
At any other time you can request a call back using our automated system. We will do our best to call you back at the time requested but sometimes this may not be possible.
Lost or stolen card? Contact us to report it immediately - our card services team is here for you 24/7.
As a result of the UK’s planned withdrawal from the European Union (also known as Brexit), Triodos has made some necessary changes in our set up as a bank. We have created a new subsidiary company, Triodos Bank UK Ltd, wholly owned by Triodos Bank N.V. The new structure came into effect on 1 May 2019. Read more about Triodos Bank UK's change of legal structure.
If you'd like to write to us, you can do so freepost at:
Freepost TRIODOS BANK
Our freepost address is Royal Mail registered and simple to use - write it on your envelope exactly as shown above (no stamp required) and your letter will get to us free of charge by second class mail.
For first class mail, you can post in the normal way to:
As an online bank, we don't provide counter banking services, but we're always pleased to meet with our business customers - simply make an appointment with your relationship manager.
Our regional business banking offices can be found at:
5 Old Bailey
50 Frederick Street
Applying for any Triodos business or charity account involves just a quick call and an online application form - the whole process usually takes around 6-10 weeks, depending on the complexity of the application and whether we need to request further business documents and ID from you. You can help us to open your account faster by responding to any
requests for documents as soon as possible.
To ensure our account is a good fit for your organisation, please take into consideration that we do not offer a debit or credit card on any of our business accounts, nor do we have standard services to access cash. You will have internet banking access to make payments and a chequebook if required.
We’ll ask you a few questions about what you do and how your organisation is set up. Depending on the account you're applying for, we may need to know your:
Calls usually take no more than 10-20 minutes.
After our call, we'll send you a follow-up email with a link to the online application form. You can also request a paper application form if you prefer, but this may extend the processing time.
We take a genuinely responsible approach to business, transparency and using money more consciously.
That’s why we assess organisations applying for our accounts to make sure their practices don't conflict with our ethos.
If you're unsure whether your organisation would fit with our values, give us a call.
You can also check our minimum standards - it lists the non-sustainable products, services and working practices that would exclude an organisation from banking with us.
If your application is successful, we’ll set up your account and send you a welcome pack.
£20,000 per day for Personal current account payments
£100,000.00 per day for Personal savings account customers.
£100,000.00 per transaction for Business customers.
Historically, smaller challenger banks such as Triodos had no option but to utilise one of the “big four” banks (RBS, Lloyds, HSBC and Barclays) for payment clearing services.
So it is not unusual to see banks of Triodos’ size (or indeed some far bigger organisations) still utilising the “big four” clearing banks.
However, there is currently a real drive by the government, via the Payments Systems Regulator, to promote competition in the banking sector and to encourage innovation in payment systems.
This has resulted in a wider choice of clearing options (including alternative providers and/or direct clearing) now available to challenger banks.
While changing our clearing arrangements would be a very large undertaking we will continue to review the options in the future, remaining conscious of maintaining a high quality of service for all our customers.
We are part of the Current Account Switch Service so customers can switch current accounts to Triodos Bank from another UK bank or building society quickly and easily.
We do not currently offer a debit card on our business or charity accounts. The account can be accessed online via internet banking, and cheque books are issued with the account. We regularly review the products and services that we offer along with customer feedback to determine and prioritise future enhancements. Whilst it’s a service that we would like to offer, we don’t have plans in the foreseeable future to launch a debit card facility for business account.
If you are a personal customer and you only hold savings accounts with Triodos - you will have been provided with a username and password for logging into internet banking. If you came to a page which asked for a Digipass number, you were on the ‘Business Banking’ login page. When on the Internet Banking login page, if you click on the ‘Personal Banking’ tab located next to the ‘Business Banking’ tab, you will be asked for your username and password.
If you do not know your internet banking username or password you can reset your internet banking login details.
If you hold a personal current account with Triodos and you havent received a digipass or have lost your digipass please contact us on 0330 355 0355.
If you are a business customer and have requested a Digipass that hasn’t arrived or you have lost a digipass please contact us.
The sort code for Triodos Bank is: 16-58-10
For foreign payments to a Triodos account the above sort code is not valid. Also mandatory information is needed to ensure a foreign payment reaches your account.
We look to support any customer who is concerned regarding fees and charges following the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). If your circumstances are causing you to worry or causing you financial stress, please contact us so we can discuss with you any options to support.
If paid, cash dividends will be automatically paid by electronic bank transfer to your Depository Receipt Cash Account. Dividends will be converted from euros to sterling and will be subject to the euro-sterling exchange rate.
We may consider a request for a buy to let, but there would need to be a strong social aspect and the properties would need to be built or refurbished to the highest possible eco standards.
If someone accesses your business account without your authorisation, we’ll refund the full amount of money taken from your account, as long as you:
Depository Receipts are traded in euros and dividends, if paid, are in euros. Your total return is therefore subject to the euro-sterling exchange rate. This may adversely affect the sterling value of any investment in Triodos Bank or the amount of dividends you receive.
Only for long-term funding. We don't fund build-and-sell projects.
We have now developed a policy for lending to businesses involved in tourism (accommodation providers / campsites / visitor attractions / recreation).
We are pleased to be working in conjunction with the Green Tourism . Green Tourism is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK, and businesses opting to join Green Tourism are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management and biodiversity. Businesses are awarded a business Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditation depending on the outcome of their assessment.
It is a condition of any lending (loan or overdraft) that a business is accredited to a minimum standard of Silver within a specified period of the facility being made available
We appreciate that some of our business customers may be impacted directly or indirectly by Covid-19 (Coronavirus). We are committed to supporting any viable business in managing through the impact and uncertainty. Please contact us to discuss what support we can provide.
We are committed to looking after our co-workers and mitigating any potential impact of the Covid-19 outbreak to the provision of our banking services. We have implemented our business contingency plans and have been following the Public Health England preventive measures and aligning with the appropriate international travel restrictions.
Our Edinburgh office is a base for our business banking team in Scotland.
50 Frederick Street
Please note that in order to protect our co-workers and to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, all our offices are closed to visitors from the general public at this time.
A security word is a word chosen by you to help us verify your identity when you phone us or at any other time when we need to validate that it is you asking us for information or to do something on your account(s) . The security word is a memorable word chosen by you and can be anything you want. You will have provided this either as part of an online or paper application, on a form you’ve sent us by post or you may have set or changed it when you were logged into your internet banking. For example it could be a memorable name or place or something that means something to you. For additional security we do not provide any guidance on what this word should be.
Fraudsters are taking advantage of the uncertainty around Coronavirus (Covid-19) to try to access customer details and accounts. We’ll never ask you to log into Internet Banking, for Digipass details or to move money to a safe account. Be vigilant and call us on our published phone number if concerned. Visit www.triodos.co.uk/business-fraud for more.
We’re here to support customers who may be impacted by Covid-19 (Coronavirus) - please contact your Relationship Manager to discuss what support we can provide.
In 2010, the United States (US) Treasury announced the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). It is intended to prevent tax evasion by US citizens, residents and organisations through the use of offshore accounts and is a key change for international information exchange policy. Under FATCA, Financial Institutions must comply with a number of obligations, including reporting on accounts held by US persons, including organisations.
A number of governments, including the UK, have signed agreements to exchange data with the US. Triodos Bank must check customer records and accounts to identify US account holders and report information on them. To do this we introduced new procedures from 1 July 2014.
For more information please visit www.irs.gov or speak to your tax advisor.
You need to be a UK resident to be eligible to apply for any of our savings and deposit accounts.
If you’re an existing business customer, please contact your relationship manager to discuss your requirements.
Complete our enquiry form – this tells us about your organisation and borrowing requirements, which helps us establish whether they fits with our minimum criteria. One of our relationship managers will contact you within a few days to discuss next steps and to confirm what information we require if we’re able to progress your application.
Once we’ve received the required information, we’ll assess this and propose the potential terms of a loan. If you accept these, your relationship manager will prepare a formal credit proposal for the bank to consider and they will let you know the outcome as soon as the decision has been made.
If your application is declined, at any stage, you have the right to appeal the decision and for your appeal to be considered at the appropriate level.
If your application is successful, we will carry out identification checks on all signatories to the proposed agreement.
Once all checks have been carried out, we will send you the official facility agreement, which you will need to read, sign and return alongside any other documentation we ask for.
We offer a fully non-advised service and recommend you seek independent legal advice before signing the agreement.
Your facility agreement may include conditions which need to be met before we can transfer funds. This is likely to include arranging a valuation and legal due diligence for any property provided as security.
Your relationship manager will let you know what information is needed and estimated timescales for release of funds. You will need to meet all valuation and legal costs.
Once all pre-drawdown requirements have been satisfied, we will transfer your funds to your requested bank account, after the deduction of any facility arrangement fee, disbursement costs and payment transfer fee.
We undertake monitoring on customer accounts and transactions to identify suspicious activity that could potentially be fraudulent. If we identify suspicious activity on any of your accounts, we will contact you to verify whether it is genuine. We may delay or decline transactions, or block your account until we can confirm the authenticity of requests received. When we contact you, we will ask you security questions but these will not include any information about your internet banking log in details. If you receive a call claiming to be someone from Triodos Bank and you are suspicious call us back on 0330 355 0355 and our Contact Team will be able to confirm if it was a genuine call.
It’s totally up to you whether you use Opening Banking services or not. If you don’t want to use Open Banking you don’t need to do anything, you can simply carry on using your current account as you do now with no change to how your account information is used.
To help keep your information as safe and secure as possible, if you do not enter any information for 15 minutes, we will close your session. If a message tells you that your session has timed out, simply log in again to continue.
If you lose your connection after authorising a normal payment it will still be processed as normal - use the transaction history option to check the status of your payments. If the payment is not shown on one of these pages then it is still awaiting authorisation. If you lose your connection before authorisation they try logging back in and check the status of your payments. If you are unsure then please call the helpdesk. If you lose your connection after making an international payment, faster payment or urgent payment, please contact the helpdesk (call on 0330 355 0355 or alternatively you can email: email@example.com) who will confirm if the payment has been successfully authorised or not.
No. This allows us to commit more money to ethical organisations that help people and the environment.
No. In addition to capital raising services we also:
We do not provide regulated investment advice.
If we are unable to match the information you have entered on our password reset page with the information we hold on record you will need to call our Customer Contact Team on 0330 355 0355 or (+44) 0117 973 9339. We will be able to send a new password to you by post, this will be sent to your registered address. When calling us please have your account number and security details at hand.
If you are trying to log into internet banking for a business account you do not need a username and password but will have a Digipass and PIN. There are separate log in screens for business and personal customers so please ensure that you have clicked on the Business tab after you have clicked the Internet Banking login button.
We're available to take your call between 10:00am-5:00pm on Mondays, 9:00am-5:00pm Tuesday to Friday. At any other time you can request a call back using our automated system. We will do our best to call you back at the time requested but can’t guarantee that it will be at the exact time requested.
Yes - as well as creating ad hoc UK payments you can import a file containing a batch of payments. Normally you will create this file in your accounting software.
Under the Account Management tab in Internet Banking, the Import Payments page allows you to select a file for import by browsing any of the drives accessible to your computer. Once you have selected the file, you need to authorise the import using your Digipass.
You will need to ensure that your file conforms to one of the file formats below. These files are usually produced in your accounting software.
If you’re not sure how to create an import file in either of these formats, please contact your accounting software support provider.
You can see a history of imported files, including status, in your internet banking under the Account Information tab, on the page Imported Files History.
As an online bank, we don't have any branches or provide counter banking services via the Post Office, but you can call our friendly, Bristol-based contact team on 0330 355 0355 or if abroad on +44 (0)1179 739339.
At any other time you can request a call back using our automated system. We will do our best to call you back at the time requested but sometimes this may not be possible.
Lost or stolen card?
Call us immediately - our card services team is available 24/7
Fraudsters try getting money from organisations by sending fake emails and texts to gain access to their internet banking details. It can be difficult to spot a fraudulent email, but there are things you can check for clues it’s a fraudulent email.
Common email and text scams to look out for:
CEO Fraud is when cyber criminals hack into company email accounts to impersonate the CEO, Managing Director or senior staff and ask an employee to make payments to an account managed by the fraudster. They’ll typically target a company's finance department, but may also target other employees who have authority to make payments.
Usually the request sounds urgent, to panic the employee into acting without thinking and going through the usual checks and balances. The kinds of payments they’ll ask you to make are invoices for a supplier, utility or service, or products the company needs.
From September 2019 the technology will be in place to enable other Open Banking providers and Third Party Providers to start integrating their apps and tools with Triodos Bank current accounts. Once providers have integrated their systems with ours, you’ll be able to start using their Open Banking products and services to connect with your Triodos current account.
At this stage you will be able to use Open Banking for two types of service:
Social media fraud can be many things. It could look like:
A large number of co-workers are working from home; however our office remains open for business-critical functions and to ensure our services are resilient.
In order to protect our co-workers and to help reduce the spread of the virus, all our offices are closed to visitors from the general public at this time. This includes our head office in Bristol and our offices in Edinburgh and London.
We're open 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays). At any other time you can request a call back using our automated system. We will do our best to call you back at the time requested but sometimes this may not be possible.
As an online bank, we don't provide counter banking services from our offices, but we're always pleased to meet with our business customers. You can arrange a visit through your relationship manager.