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’.
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:
Independent Private Consultants, Independent Finance Trade Commission
Consultant Name: Richard Grant Birch (clone of FCA authorised individual)
Address: Suite 17, Tower 42, Liverpool Street, C2M7PY
Email: [email protected]
Be aware that the scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the authorised firm.
FCA authorised individual details
This FCA authorised individuals details that a fraudster is claiming to be has no association with the ‘clone individual’. This individual is authorised to offer, promote or sell services or products in the UK and their correct details are:
Individual name: Richard Grant Birch
Individual reference number: RGB00004
c/o Firm: Lark (Group) Limited and Lark Life & Pensions Limited
Firm reference number: 173304
Address: Wigham House, Wakering Road, Barking, Essex, IG118PJ
Compliance email: [email protected]
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 our Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768. If you were offered, bought or sold shares, you can use our share fraud reporting form.
You can see more ways to report an unauthorised firm and find out what to do if you have been scammed.
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 0845 606 9966 (call rates may vary).