Fraudsters are using the details of firms we authorise to try to convince people that they work for a genuine, authorised firm. Find out more about this ‘clone firm’.
Almost all firms and individuals carrying out financial services activities in the UK have to be authorised or registered by us. This firm is not authorised or registered by us but has been targeting people in the UK, claiming to be an authorised firm.
This is what we call a ‘clone firm’; and fraudsters usually use this tactic when contacting people out of the blue, so you should be especially wary if you have been cold called. They may use the name of the genuine firm, the ‘firm reference number’ (FRN) we have given the authorised firm or other details.
You can find out more about this scam tactic and how to protect yourself from clone firms.
Clone firm details
Fraudsters are using or giving out the following details as part of their tactics to scam people in the UK:
Marc Finance (clone of firm)
Address: Badenerstrasse, 8048 Zurich, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 44 551 97 09
Be aware that the scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the registered firm.
Genuine firm details
This genuine firm relates to the BNP Paribas Group and is an entity with no employees which does not conduct business with clients or offer investment opportunities. This genuine firm that fraudsters are claiming to work for has no association with the ‘clone firm’.
Firm Name: Marc Finance Ltd
Address: PO Box 1093 GT, Queensgate House, South Church Street, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands