Fraudsters are using the details of firms we authorise to try to convince people that they work for a genuine, authorised firm. Find out more about this ‘clone firm’.
Almost all firms and individuals carrying out financial services activities in the UK have to be authorised or registered by us. This firm is not authorised or registered by us but has been targeting people in the UK, claiming to be an authorised firm.
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.
Clone firm details
Fraudsters are using or giving out the following details as part of their tactics to scam people in the UK:
ADVInvests (clone of a FCA authorised firm)
Addresses: (i) 21 College Hill, Fleet Street, London, EC4R 2RP; (ii) Courtyard Mews, Piccadilly House, London Road, Bath, Avon, BA1 6PL (FCA authorised firm's registered address)
Mobile: +44 7424885201
Phone numbers: +44 2036958672; +44 2035143546
Individuals: Haitham Ali
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
This clone firm is using the details of the FCA authorised firm of the same name. This clone is taking funds from individuals.
FCA authorised firm details
This FCA 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: Advance Investments Limited
Firm reference number: 195786
Address: Courtyard Mews, Piccadilly House, London Road, Bath, Avon, BA1 6PL
Phone: 44 01225338600
Fax: 44 01225338700
Report a clone firm
If you think you have been approached by an unauthorised or clone firm, or contacted about a scam, you should contact us. If you were offered, bought or sold shares, you can use our share fraud reporting form.
What to do if your firm is cloned
If you think your authorised firm has been cloned or scammers are fraudulently using your name or other details, contact our Firm Helpline on 0300 500 0597.