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.
Scam firm details
Fraudsters are using or giving out the following details as part of their tactics to scam people in the UK:
Addresses: 27-28 Eastcasle Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8DH, United Kingdom
47 Spareleaze Hill, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1BS, United Kingdom
Telephone: 02081332309; 02036270427; +44 (0) 1245791376
Please note that this bogus entity has no association whatsoever with the UK registered company Aragon Finance Limited (company registration number 08682281). Scammers are falsely claiming the name and address of the UK registered company. The genuine company does not operate a website and does not offer any financial products.
Be aware that the scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the registered firm.
How to protect yourself
We strongly advise you to only deal with financial firms that are authorised by us, and check the Financial Services Register to ensure they are. It has information on firms and individuals that are, or have been, regulated by us.
If a firm does not appear on the Register but claims it does, contact our Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768.
There are more steps you should take to avoid scams and unauthorised firms.
You should also be aware that if you give money to an unauthorised firm, you will not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong.
Report an unauthorised firm
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.