Atlas FMI (clone of authorised firm)
- Warnung FCA UK
Atlas FMI (clone of authorised firm)
Warnings Published: 22/04/2020 Last updated: 22/04/2020
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:
Atlas FMI (clone)
Telephone: 0208 059 9763, 0208 059 9773, 07537153331, 02038075171, 07537 156312, 0203 670 0524
Email: Basil.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Be aware that scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the registered firm. They may change contact details over time to new email addresses, telephone numbers or physical addresses.
FCA authorised firm details
These FCA authorised firms that fraudsters are claiming to work for have no association with the ‘clone firm’. They are authorised to offer, promote or sell services or products in the UK and its correct details are:
Firm Name: Atlas Financial Ltd
Firm Reference Number: 779188
Address: 26 Ashley Grove, Aston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S26 2AB
Telephone: 01344 578 115
Firm Name: Atlas Financial Planning Ltd
Firm Reference Number: 439996
Address: 12 Ashtree Enterprise Park, Rathfriland Road, Newry, Co Down, BT34 1BY
Telephone: 0283 026 2000
How to protect yourself
We strongly advise you to only deal with financial firms that are authorised by us, and check the Financial Services Register to ensure they are. It has information on firms and individuals that are, or have been, regulated by us.
If a firm does not appear on the Register but claims it does, contact our Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768.
There are more steps you should take to avoid scams and unauthorised firms.
If you use an unauthorised firm, you won’t have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service(link is external) or Financial Services Compensation Scheme(link is external) (FSCS) so you’re unlikely to get your money back if things go wrong.
If you use an authorised firm, access to the Financial Ombudsman Service and FSCS protection will depend on the investment you are making and the service the firm is providing. If you would like further information about protection, the authorised firm should be able to help.
Report a clone firm
If you think you have been approached by an unauthorised or clone firm, or contacted about a scam, you should contact us. If you were offered, bought or sold shares, you can use our reporting form.
What to do if your firm is cloned
If you think your authorised firm has been cloned or scammers are fraudulently using your name or other details, contact our Firm Helpline on 0300 500 0597.
2020-05-06, Public warning by MFSA Malta against AtlasFMI
MFSA Warning - AtlasFMI – Unlicensed Exchange
MAY 06, 2020
The Malta Financial Services Authority ( "MFSA ") has become aware of an entity operating under the name of AtlasFMI which has an internet presence at https://atlasfmi.com/. The entity purports to be a trading platform offering crypto, forex, shares, CFDs and bonds, amongst others.
AtlasFMI claims to be the world’s largest financial institution, a leading provider of trading services within a wide range of markets and one of the world’s largest providers of transactional services technology. The entity allegedly also has strong relations with banks and third-party economic institutions.
The MFSA wishes to alert the public, in Malta and abroad, that AtlasFMI is NOT a Maltese registered Company NOR licensed or otherwise authorised by the MFSA to provide the service of an exchange or other financial services which are required to be licensed or otherwise authorised under Maltese law. The public should therefore refrain from undertaking any business or transactions with the above-mentioned entity.
The MFSA would like to remind consumers of financial services not to enter into any financial services transaction unless they have ascertained that the entity with whom the transaction is being made is authorised to provide such services by the MFSA or another reputable financial services regulator. Investors should also be extra cautious when being approached with offers of financial services via unconventional channels such as telephone calls or social media.
A list of entities licensed by the MFSA can be viewed on the official website of the MFSA at http://www.mfsa.com.mt/pages/licenceholders.aspx.
If you are a victim of a scam or think you might be dealing with an unauthorised entity or any other type of financial scam, first of all stop all transactions with the company and contact the MFSA at https://www.mfsa.mt/about-us/contact/ as soon as a suspicion arises.
L-Awtorità għas-Servizzi Finanzjarji ta’ Malta ( "MFSA ") ġiet infurmata b’entità li qed topera bl-isem ta’ AtlasFMI u li għandha preżenza fuq l-internet fis-sit https://atlasfmi.com/. L-entità ssostni li hija pjattaforma ta’ kummerċ li toffri crypto, forex, ishma, CFDs u bonds, fost oħrajn.
AtlasFMI tiddikjara wkoll li hija l-akbar istituzzjoni finanzjarja fid-dinja, fornitur ewlieni ta’ servizzi ta’ kummerċ f’numru ta’ swieq u wieħed mill-akbar fornituri ta’ teknoloġija għas-servizzi transazzjonali fid-dinja. L-entità tallega wkoll li għandha relazzjonijiet sodi ma’ banek u istituzzjonijiet ekonomiċi terzi.
L-MFSA tixtieq tinforma lill-pubbliku f’Malta u barra mill-pajjiż, li AtlasFMI MHIX kumpanija rreġistrata hawn Malta u LANQAS M’HI liċenzjata jew awtorizzata mill-MFSA biex tipprovdi servizz ta’ skambju jew servizzi finanzjarji oħra li huma meħtieġa li jkunu liċenzjati jew bi kwalunkwe mod ieħor awtorizzati taħt il-liġi Maltija. Għaldaqstant il-pubbliku m’għandu jidħol fl-ebda ftehim kummerċjali jew tranżazzjonijiet mal-entità msemmija.
L-MFSA tixtieq tfakkar lill-konsumaturi ta’ servizzi finanzjarji biex ma jidħlu f’ebda transazzjoni ta’ servizzi finanzjarji qabel ma jkunu ċerti li l-entità li magħha qed issir it-transazzjoni hija awtorizzata li tipprovdi dawk is-servizzi mill-MFSA jew minn xi regolatur ieħor tas-servizzi finanzjarji ta’ reputazzjoni tajba. L-MFSA twissi wkoll lill-investituri biex joqgħodu estremament attenti meta jsirulhom offerti ta’ servizzi finanzjarji b’metodi mhux konvenzjonali bħal telefonati jew permezz tal-midja soċjali.
Lista ta’ entitajiet liċenzjati mill-MFSA hija disponibbli fuq is-sit uffiċjali tal-MFSA fuq http://www.mfsa.com.mt/pages/licenceholders.aspx.
Jekk inti vittma ta’ xi qerq (scam) jew taħseb li tista’ tkun qed titratta ma’ entità li mhix awtorizzata jew xi tip ta’ ingann finanzjarju ieħor, waqqaf kull transazzjoni ma’ din l-entita’ u kkuntattja minnufih lill-MFSA fuq https://www.mfsa.mt/about-us/contact/.