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Nearly all companies and persons providing UK finance must be licensed or licensed by us. It is not authorized or incorporated by us, but is intended for persons in the United Kingdom and claims to be an authorized company. That' s what we call a "cloning company"; and scammers usually use this strategy when they come into contact with humans out of the open, so you should be especially careful when you have been coldly intimated.
You may use the name of the real company, the "Company References Number" (FRN) that we gave to the authorized company, or other information. Learn more about this fraud and how to defend yourself against cloning companies. Note that fraudsters may provide other incorrect information or merge it with some accurate information about the company you are registering.
The company, approved by the FCA, for which scammers claim to work for them, has no reference to the "cloning company". She is entitled to provide, advertise or resell any service or product in the United Kingdom and her information is correct: As a matter of urgency, we recommend that you only negotiate with finance companies authorized by us and verify the accuracy of the register of finance service providers.
They contain information about companies and persons who are or have been subject to regulation by us. In case you would like to verify a non authorized non authorized company, please also verify the Interim Permission Register (link is external). When a company is not listed in the register but is claiming this, please call our customer hotline on 0800 111 6768.
You should take more action to prevent fraud and unauthorized companies. Also, you should be cognizant that if you give funds to an unauthorized company, you will not be eligible for the Financial Ombudsman Service (Link is external) or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (Link is external) (FSCS) if something goes awry.
You should get in touch with us if you think you have been addressed by an unauthorized or clustered company or have been compromised for fraud. Should you believe that your authorized company has been compromised or that fraudsters are using your name or other information in a fraudulent manner, please call our company hotline at 0300 500 0597.