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:
Address (UK): Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LQ
Address (Hong Kong): Hopewell Center, Queens Road, Hong Kong
Tel: 0207 043 3812; 0207 043 3816; +852 3103 1011; +302 1074 54300
Be aware that the scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the authorised firm.
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: Karamanof Securities & Investment Services SA
FCA Firm reference Number: 447563
Regulated by the Hellenic Republic Capital Markets Authority
Address: Ag Theodoron Sq, 105 61 Athens, Greece
If you think you have been approached by an unauthorised or clone firm, or contacted about a scam, you should contact our Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768. 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 0845 606 9966 (call rates may vary).
Telephone: 0800 111 6768
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