Name: Hong Kong Foreign Investments Trade Authority
Type: Fake regulators and/or market operators
Address(es): Nine Queen’s Road Central, 23rd Floor, Hong Kong
Website: http://hkfita.org
Remarks: The company falsely claims to be a regulator for the securities and futures markets in Hong Kong. It gives the above Hong Kong address but it is not located there.
Add date: 11 Feb 2016
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Fake regulators and/or market operators

Creating a fake regulator and/or market operator website is one of the tricks used to deceive unwary investors into thinking that certain unauthorised financial institutions or intermediaries listed on that website are supervised by a real regulator and that they conduct their trades through a recognised market operator (e.g. stock exchanges). The scamsters create a website for a non-existent financial regulator or market operator with a plausible name. Such a website is usually sophisticated and often contains up-to-date financial news to create a false impression of authenticity. In fact, no such financial regulator or market operator exists under that name.

To check whether a financial regulator and market operator really exists, see the member lists of the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the World Federation of Exchanges respectively.

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