Britain’s financial regulator today published warnings against unauthorized activities of multiple boiler rooms, recovery scams and cloned firms that are unlawfully targeting investors, as per an official statement.
Following the liquidation of many failed brokers, investors are now being warned that scammers are making false claims that their funds can be recovered. This is an increasingly popular technique which is absolutely rampant and involves taking the victim of a scam and then scamming them all over again.
The FCA’s warning specifically refers to a company called Recovery Global, which operates through https://recovery-global.com. The shady website claims it employs a team of recovery experts that have decades of experience in the field of scam debt recovery, with a specific focus on binary options, forex, cryptocurrencies and stock trading.
The City watchdog said investors should not be lulled into false communications trying to usurp its identity to defraud them in a recovery scam, in which individuals are asked to pay a fee upfront before they receive any proceeds.
This type of activity is typical of the fraud mechanism known as a ‘recovery room.’ Although the regulators could help people who have lost money, they don’t charge a fee, guarantee money back, or give special preference to anyone who files a formal complaint.
While there are many variations of these tactics, the refunding scams are simply defrauding the victims one more time.
Earlier this month, the UK regulator warned all authorized CFDs providers to ensure their investors have all information necessary to properly assess the regulatory coverage attached to their products.
The FCA warned that consumers may be at serious risk of harm from poor practices in the contract for difference sector. Announcing the findings of a review into the market for selling the instruments, the regulator said the review uncovered areas of serious concern that it wants to highlight across the industry.
Specifically, the FCA has seen examples of fake celebrity endorsements, the use of pressure-sales tactics to persuade people to invest increasing amounts of money and inducements being given to customers to upgrade to elective professional status despite clients not meeting the criteria and losing protection under the rules. The FCA has also seen some firms giving investment advice without authorisation.