Search our Warning List to find details of unauthorised firms and individuals that we’re aware of, that aren’t allowed to operate in the UK.First published: 03/04/2016 Last updated: 04/10/2023 See all updates
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Almost all financial firms in the UK must be authorised or registered by us.
Unfortunately, there are still firms that work without our authorisation.
Make sure you only deal with authorised firms. If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you won’t be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong.
Search the Warning List
Our Warning List shows the firms that we’re concerned are working without our permission.
We add firms to this list as soon as possible. But if a firm isn’t on the list, it may still be unauthorised or be a scam. Unauthorised firms often change their names, and we may not be aware of it yet.
To use the list, you can:
- search for an unauthorised firm using the search bar
- filter results by the first letter of the firm
- click on the 'Name' column to order firms from A to Z
If you’re dealing with an overseas firm, check the list of warnings from overseas regulators.
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How to protect yourself
Be cautious of scammers pretending to be from authorised firms. They could be clone firms (a copy of a genuine firm). If you're called unexpectedly by a financial services firm, always ring them back using the number on the FS Register.
If you think you’ve been targeted by a scam, please report it to us online. We look into every report we receive, and it could help protect others from fraudsters.
Learn more about how to protect yourself from scams.
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09/08/2019: Information added Further instructions provided to assist with searching firm list