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:
Benefit Planners Intl (Clone of former FCA EEA Authorised firm)
Tel: +32 27 92 48 55
E-mail: [email protected]
is not authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) to carry on a regulated activity in the UK. Regulated activities include, amongst other things, advising on investments and dealing and arranging deals in investments ('investments' include stocks and shares). We believe that the organisation may be targeting UK customers.
The organisation named above is using the name and address belonging to previously FCA EEA Authorised firm Benefit Planners International SPLR. This firm is no longer trading.
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.