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:
(1) Regus, Second Floor, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, WLJ 6BD
(2) 49-51 Avenue George V, Paris, 75008, France
(3) 48 Dover Street, London, W1S 4FF (Clone of an Authorised Schedule 5 Firm’s
Telephone Numbers: 020 7193 6170; 020 7193 9695; 020 7198 5383; 020 7193 6174; 020 7193 8953
Fax Numbers: 020 3318 6123
Emails: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Be aware that the scammers are referring to the Authorised firm’s website to consumers.
This FCA authorised firm that fraudsters are claiming to work for has no association with the ‘clone firm’. It is registered to provide financial services in the UK and its correct details are:
Firm name: Verrazzano Capital SAS/Verrazzano Capital UK
Firm reference number: 611728
(1) 10 rue de Castiglione, 75001, Paris
(2) 48 Dover Street, London, W1S 4FF
Telephone Numbers: +33(0)153 573360; +44(0)20 3655 7860
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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