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:
Capita Registrars Group (clone of FCA authorised firm)
Address: 2 Grand Canal Square, IRELAND, Dublin 2
42-47 Minories, London, EX3N 1DX
124 New Bond Street, Mayfair, W151DX
Telephone: 2035147237, 00 353 1254 9094, 02 08 133 8268, 02 03 519 3478, 02 08 123 1867, 02 08 123 7189, 08 44 334 3274, 07 03 1810996, 8443343963, 7031810996, 8443343824, 8443343824, 2038688810, 02 08 123 3926
Fax: 02 08 196 2246, 2035147281, 08 43 265 3784, 2036089014, 08 44 273 9944
Email: [email protected],
Other Information: Genuine firms These genuine firms has no association whatsoever with the 'cloned firm'. It is authorised to offer; promote or sell financial services or products in the UK: Capita IRG Trustees Limited (FCA authorisation number-184113) Address: The Registry; 34 Beckenham Road; Beckenham; Kent; BR3 4TU Tel: 0208 639 3399 Fax: 0208 639 2267 Email: [email protected] Websites: www.capita.co.uk www.capitaregistrars.com www.capitaregistrars.ie Capita Registrars Limited(FCA registration number-482672) Capita Registrars (Ireland) Limited Charles Cryer (Person authorisation number CNC01018) Please be aware that employees of the authorised firm are being cloned; which includes but are not limited Michael Kempe and Charles Cryer.
Be aware that scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the registered firm. They may change contact details over time to new email addresses, telephone numbers or physical addresses.
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 products in the UK and its correct details are:
Firm Name: Link Market Services Trustees Limited, Link Market Services Limited
Firm Reference Number: 184113, 482672
Address: 10th Floor Central Square 29 Wellington Street Leeds, LS1 4DL, UNITED KINGDOM
10th Floor Central Square 29 Wellington Street Leeds, LS1 4 DL, UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: 44 03716640300, +4 403716640300
Email: [email protected],
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.
If you use an unauthorised firm, you won’t have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) so you’re unlikely to get your money back if things go wrong.
If you use an authorised firm, access to the Financial Ombudsman Service and FSCS protection will depend on the investment you are making and the service the firm is providing. If you would like further information about protection, the authorised firm should be able to help.
Report a clone 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.