Unauthorised firms and individuals

Almost all firms offering financial services in the UK must be authorised and registered by us. Check our list to find out if a firm or individual is unauthorised.

Check the Financial Services Register to ensure firms are authorised. If a firm is not on the FS Register, check our unauthorised firms list below.


You should only deal with financial services firms that have been authorised or registered by us.

If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you will not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong.

Protect yourself

Unfortunately, there are firms that wrongly operate without our authorisation.

If a firm does not appear on the FS Register, but says it does, search for it in the list below and contact our Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768.

Beware of fraudsters pretending to be from firms authorised by us, as they could be 'clone firms'. If you're cold-called by a financial services firm, always ring them back on the number given on the FS Register.

Some firms knowingly run scams like share fraud and other investment scams. You should take steps to protect yourself from scams and check our list of warnings from foreign regulators

Using the Warning list

We add firms to this list as soon as possible but it's not exhaustive. Don't assume a firm is legitimately authorised or registered just because it doesn't appear on this list. Firms frequently change their names and it may not have been reported to us yet.

To use the table below, you can:

  • search for an unauthorised firm using the search box
  • filter results by the first letter of the firm
  • click on the 'Name' column to view firms from A to Z

You can also check the most recently added firms. If you are concerned about a scam you can report this to us online.

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Name Date added Date updated
DirectEnergy Limited (clone of FCA authorised firm) (new) 01/07/2022
CRYPTOBTCEARNER (new) 01/07/2022
BITMINEFX TRADE (new) 01/07/2022
CRYPTO EVOLUTION TEAM (new) 30/06/2022
CRYPTOBLOCKCYPHER (new) 30/06/2022
CRYPTOCAVES.NET LTD (new) 30/06/2022
Bistra Advisors LLC (new) 30/06/2022
OPQUALITYSIGNALS360 (updated) 29/06/2022
4XLIMITED (new) 29/06/2022
Claymore Wealth Management (Clone of FCA authorised firm) (new) 29/06/2022
4XEMPIRES (updated) 01/07/2022
GOLDDEALFX.COM (new) 28/06/2022
Wausau Insurance (clone of FCA Authorised firm) (new) 28/06/2022
Reed and Martin Law Office (Clone of FCA Authorised Firm) (new) 28/06/2022
marksandspencersinvestments.com (Clone of FCA Authorised Firm) (new) 28/06/2022
lenderslist.co.uk (new) 27/06/2022
CRYPTOFXBIT (new) 24/06/2022
Global Incomebase Ltd (new) 24/06/2022
COINS DESK FX / COIN DESK FX (updated) 30/06/2022
Bright Loans UK Ltd (Clone of FCA Authorised Firm) (new) 24/06/2022
Chartwell Advisors LLC (updated) 27/06/2022
CRYPTOUPDATE24 (new) 23/06/2022
EQUITY INNOVATION MARKETS (updated) 24/06/2022

Page updates

19/08/2021: Information changed Money Advice Service to MoneyHelper

09/08/2019: Information added Further instructions provided to assist with searching firm list