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Halifax Finance Loan (clone)

Fraudsters are using the details of firms the FCA authorise to try to convince people that they work for a genuine, authorised firm.

This is what the FCA 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) they 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:

Halifax Finance Loan (clone of FCA authorised firm)

1. 21 Lancaster Road, Vincent, 5247 East London, South Africa;
2. 25 the North Colonnade, Leeds LS1 1WU United Kingdom.
Telephone numbers: (+21) 0825137712, +447012958220

Be aware that the scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the authorised firm.

FCA authorised firm details

This FCA authorised firm that fraudsters are claiming to work for has no association with the ‘clone firm’. It is authorised to offer, promote or sell services or product in the UK and its correct details are:

Company name: Halifax Share Dealing
Firm reference number: 183332
Principal place of business address: Lovell Park, Lovell Park Road, LS1 1NS United Kingdom
Telephone number: 03457225525

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 the share fraud reporting form.

You can see more ways to report an unauthorised firm and find out what to do if you have been scammed.

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 the FCA Firm Helpline on 0300 500 0597.

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