Fraudsters are using some details of the real firm to front a cloned business being used to try and convince people that they worked for a “genuine, authorised firm.”
The bogus firm is not authorised or registered by the FCA but has been targeting people in the UK, claiming to be an authorised firm.
It is using details similar to the genuine firm.
The clone firm uses these details:
The legitimate FCA-authorised firm’s correct details are:
Firm Name: Smith & Williamson Holdings Limited
Firm Reference Number: 743276
Address: 25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AY
Telephone: 0207 131 4000
Email: All email addresses end with @smithandwilliamson.com
Other names: Smith & Williamson Investment Services Limited, Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLP, Smith & Williamson Financial Services Limited, Smith & Williamson Fund Administration Limited, Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance Limited
The FCA says the fraudsters may be using a mixture of genuine and fake details to try to cheat investors.
The FCA is now issuing hundreds of clone and scam warnings each year and Action Fraud recently warned that scammers have been taking advantage of the Coronavirus epidemic to increase their fraud operations with a 400% increase in virus-related fraud in March. Victims have lost nearly £1m in Coronavirus-related fraud since 1 February.