This is what we call a 'clone firm'; and 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.
You can find out more about this scam tactic and how to protect yourself from clone firms.
Fraudsters are using or giving out the following details as part of their tactics to scam people in the UK:
Addresses: 70 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin, Ireland; 34 Lime Street, London, EC3M7AT
Telephone: 0800 6893973, 020 7164 6453
Fax: 00123 45671098
Cold caller: Yvonne Smith (cloning FCA authorised individual)
Cold caller: Richard Gavin Spence (cloning an inactive individual previously FCA authorised)
Be aware that the scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the authorised firm.
These FCA authorised individuals that fraudsters are claiming to be for have no association with the ‘clone firm’. They are authorised to offer, promote or sell services or product in the UK and their correct details are:
Individual name: Yvonne Maria Smith
Individual reference number: YMS01014
Individual name: Richard Gavin Spence
Individual reference number: RGS01070 (currently inactive)
If you think you have been approached by an unauthorised or clone firm, or contacted about a scam, you should contact us. If you were offered, bought or sold shares, you can use our share fraud reporting form.
If you think your authorised firm has been cloned or scammers are fraudulently using your name or other details, contact our Firm Helpline on 0300 500 0597.
Telephone: 0800 111 6768
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