FCA UK issued warning against clone and unauthorised firms
The Financial Conduct Authority has issued press releases to inform public and investors regarding clone and unauthorised firms.
According FCA, the below firms have been providing financial services or products in the UK without its authorisation.
FCA states that almost all firms and individuals offering, promoting or selling financial services or products in the UK have to be authorised by FCA.
Below firms are not authorised by FCA but have been targeting people in the UK:
1) London Loans
Address: 28-29 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4SP
Tel: 0203 813 6193; 0203 813 6194
2) Sunflower Personal Loans Limited / Big Loans
Tel: 0203 813 6190
FCA also warns public and investors for a Clone firm.
Fraudsters are using the details of firms FCA authorise to try to convince people that they work for a genuine, authorised firm.
Clone firm details:
Stefan Ofenbock & Co (clone of an EEA authorised firm)
Address: 23 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QY
Telephone: 020 3137 2822 / 080 0802 1668
Be aware that the scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the authorised firm.
EEA authorised firm details:
This EEA authorised firm that fraudsters are claiming to work for has no association with the ‘clone firm’. It is authorised to offer, promote or sell services or product in the UK and its correct details are:
Firm name: Stefan Ofenbock
Firm reference number: 455585
Address: Franz-Mohshammer-Pl 14, 5500 Bischofshofen
Telephone: +43 664 272 20 99
‘Clone firm’: Fraudsters usually use this tactic when contacting people out of the blue, so you should be especially wary if you have been cold called. They may use the name of the genuine firm, the ‘firm reference number’ (FRN) we have given the authorised firm or other details.