We (the Financial Conduct Authority – FCA) have published this statement today in order to warn investors against dealing with unauthorised firms.
This statement is to advise members of the public that an organisation identifying itself to UK citizens as:
is not authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) to carry on a regulated activity in the UK.
What does this mean for you?
If you are an investor, you should be aware that the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme are not available if you deal with an unauthorised company or individual.
How can you check whether a firm is authorised?
To find out whether a company or individual is authorised, go to the FS Register.