Chase de Vere has added a warning to its website about the attempted fraud attack.
In a statement on its site Chase de Vere says: “We are aware of an incident where members of the public have been approached by individuals purporting to be representatives of Chase de Vere.
“These approaches are linked to consumers using the website [fixedratesaving.com] to find information about high interest savings accounts. Having completed a call back form, site users are then called by people misrepresenting themselves as agents of legitimate financial advice firms, including Chase de Vere.”
The FCA says that fraudsters are using fake details of the genuine regulated firm to try to trick people and steal their money.
The so-called clone’ scam is becoming increasingly common with hundreds of firms now targeted each year including many Financial Planning and wealth management firms.
Scammers often set up a ‘clone’ website to convince vulnerable investors.
The FCA says the fake firm is not authorised or registered but has been targeting people in the UK, claiming to be an authorised firm. The fake firm is believe to be targeting UK investors and may be using cold calls.
Consumers are warned the fake firm may use the name of the genuine firm, the firm reference number (FRN) or other details.
The FCA says the scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the registered firm.
Anyone concerned should check the Financial Services Register to ensure they are dealing with a legitimate, authorised firm on 0800 111 6768.