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Find out how unauthorised forex trading and brokerage firms work, how to avoid scams and what to do if you are scammed.

UK consumers are being increasingly targeted by unauthorised forex trading and brokerage firms offering the chance to trade in foreign exchange, contracts for difference, binary options, cryptoassets and other commodities.

They promise very high returns and guaranteed profits, either through a managed account where the firm makes trades on the investors behalf or by trading using the firms trading platform.

Most consumers report they have initially received some returns from the firm to give the impression that their trading has been a success.

They will then be encouraged to invest more money but at this stage or soon after the returns stop, their account is suspended and theres no further contact with the firm.

Many scam firms claim to be based in the UK and even claim to be FCA authorised.

Many bogus trading and brokerage firms will use the name, firm registration number (FRN) and address of firms and individuals who are FCA authorised. This is called a clone firm.

The scammers then give their own phone number, address and website details, sometimes claiming that a firms contact details on the Register are out of date.

Scammers might also claim to be an overseas firm, which dont always have their full contact and website details listed on the Register.

Scammers may even copy the website of an authorised firm, making subtle changes such as the phone number.

You shouldcheck theFCA registerof authorised firms before dealing with any firm. If theyre not authorised by us, its probably a scam. You can also check ourWarning Listof firms to avoid.

If the firms contact details arent on the register or the firm claims theyre out of date, call ourConsumer Helplineon 0800 111 6768.

You should check the firm isnt a clone firm by asking for their firm reference number (FRN) and contact details and then calling them back on the switchboard number on our Register never use a link in an email or website from the firm offering you an investment.

Always be wary if youre contacted out of the blue, pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.

You should seriously consider seeking financial advice orguidancebefore investing. You should make sure that any firm you deal with is regulated by us and never take investment advice from the company that contacted you, as this may be part of the scam.

The Money Advice Service has information on investing and abouthow to find a financial adviser. Alternatively, you could get further information from a group that represents advisers such asPIMFA.

You can report the firm or scam to us by contacting ourConsumer Helplineon 0800 111 6768 or using ourreporting form.

If youve invested with a firm thats not authorised by the FCA, your investment is not protected by the UKs Financial Services Complaints and Compensation Scheme.

If you have already invested in a scam, fraudsters are likely to target you again or sell your details to other criminals.

The follow-up scam may be completely separate or related to the previous fraud, such as an offer to get your money back or to buy back the investment after you pay a fee.

If you have any concerns at all about a potential scam, contact us immediately.