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:
Name: Toyo Securities (clone of former FCA authorised firm)
Address: 18th Fl., Shiroyama Trust Tower, 3-1, Toranomon 4-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo ZIP 105-6025
Telephone: +81 805 846 6351
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.
Former FCA authorised firm details
This firm that is the principal of the former FCA Authorised Firm which fraudsters are claiming to work for has no association with the ‘clone firm’. This firm, although authorised by the Japan Financial Services Agency, is not authorised to offer, promote or sell services or product in the UK and its correct details are:
Firm name: Toyo Securities Europe Ltd., a former subsidiary of Toyo Securities Co., Ltd.
Firm reference number: 124581 (no longer authorised)
Address: Toyo Securities Co., Ltd, 4-7-1, Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo,104-8678
Telephone: + 81-3-5117-1040
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).