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The Alert List is a list of entities which have come to the attention of the SFC because they are unlicensed in Hong Kong and are believed to be, or to have been, targeting Hong Kong investors or claim to have an association with Hong Kong. You can either search by name or by type to check whether an entity is already on the list. This is not a comprehensive list and new names are coming to our attention all the time. We will add to the list as we hear of new names. If you have been contacted by an unlicensed firm, it would be of assistance to the SFC if you would provide information on your dealings with that firm by completing our online complaint form.

To see the names of suspicious virtual asset trading platforms added to the Alert List since January 2020, please search by type and choose “Suspicious virtual asset trading platforms”.

For further information on boiler rooms, scam websites and phishes, please follow the links.

Note: The information contained on the Alert List is provided as an early warning service to investors but is not a substitute for investors conducting their own due diligence by checking up on a particular entity.

Please view the list by selecting the first alphabet that starts off the name of each entry or the sub-group labelled “Chinese” for entities bearing only Chinese names:

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Company name Type Add date
GPI Consultants Unlicensed entities 1 Mar 2024
Global Standard Capital Suspicious websites 7 Feb 2024
GSG International Limited / GSG Forex Unlicensed entities 24 Jan 2024
GFS.LE Unlicensed entities 17 Jan 2024
Great Wisdom International Co,.Ltd Unlicensed entities 23 Jun 2022
Greenhill Asia Unlicensed entities 28 Dec 2021
Grand Hill Trading Group Limited Unlicensed entities 29 Oct 2021
Garson Inc Unlicensed entities 30 Apr 2021
Globalink (Hong Kong) Financial Services Company Limited Unlicensed entities 3 Feb 2021
GKS Unlicensed entities 12 Nov 2020
GDC Limited Unlicensed entities 10 Nov 2020
Global FX International LP Unlicensed entities 26 Jun 2020
Gold 8 Services Limited Unlicensed entities 18 Jun 2020
GXCF Unlicensed entities 14 Oct 2019
Gold Effortlessly Global Development Limited Unlicensed entities 25 Jul 2019
GCG Asia Unlicensed entities 28 Jun 2019
Greenwich Asia Unlicensed entities 15 May 2019
Golden Financial Service Limited / Golden Financial Solutions Limited / Golden Financial Solutions (Service) Ltd / Golden Financial FINANCIAL PTY LTD / Golden Financial / GDFX Unlicensed entities 4 Mar 2019
Gloucester Group Unlicensed entities 18 Dec 2018
Giant Wave Information Technology Limited Unlicensed entities 14 Nov 2018
Global Wealth Asia Unlicensed entities 12 Nov 2018
Guwisdom Financial Holding (HK) Limited Unlicensed entities 19 Sep 2018
Global Investment Holdings Unlicensed entities 13 Sep 2018
Goldman Investing Unlicensed entities 28 Aug 2018
Gulf FX Investments / Gulf FX Ltd Unlicensed entities 20 Jun 2018
GG Binary Option Unlicensed entities 25 Apr 2018
GQM International Group Co., Limited Unlicensed entities 26 Jan 2018
Giant Management Corporation Limited Unlicensed entities 2 Nov 2017
Global Wealth Center Unlicensed entities 4 Sep 2017
Grace Investment / Grace Investment L.L.C. Unlicensed entities 15 Jun 2017
Grandtag FBI (China) Wealth Management Group Ltd Unlicensed entities 26 May 2017
Golden Mansion Global Financial Investment Limited / Golden Palace Global Financial Investment Limited / Golden Palace Global Limited / Jin Dian Global / Golden Mansion Limited Unlicensed entities 9 May 2017
Global Ace Investment Limited Unlicensed entities 28 Mar 2017
Global-FX / Global Partner HK Limited Unlicensed entities 10 Mar 2017
Global Future City Holdings (Hong Kong) Company Limited Unlicensed entities 6 Dec 2016
Global Future City Holding Inc. Unlicensed entities 6 Dec 2016
Gravitas Enterprises Limited Unlicensed entities 22 Sep 2016
Gold Bull Capital Limited Unlicensed entities 24 Aug 2016
Global Fiduciary Solutions Limited Unlicensed entities 15 Jul 2016
Global Ark Group Unlicensed entities 30 May 2016
Guidepost Investments Limited Unlicensed entities 9 May 2016
Granada Capital Unlicensed entities 23 Mar 2016
Galaad Capital Group Unlicensed entities 4 Mar 2016
Global Sun Solutions Unlicensed entities 10 Dec 2015
Grand Pacific Equity Limited Unlicensed entities 24 Nov 2015
Green Seed Capital Limited Unlicensed entities 25 Aug 2015
Global Investments (Far East) Limited Unlicensed entities 21 Jul 2015
Global Investments International Limited Unlicensed entities 21 Jul 2015
Greenberg International Law & Tax Advisory Unlicensed entities 15 Jul 2015
Global Strategy Capital Markets Limited Unlicensed entities 6 Jul 2015
Gainall International Limited Unlicensed entities 16 Apr 2015
Goldex Asia Company Limited Unlicensed entities 6 Mar 2015
Globalview Consulting Co., Ltd. Unlicensed entities 6 Mar 2015
Grandeur International Group Limited Unlicensed entities 6 Mar 2015
GR Markets Limited Unlicensed entities 13 Feb 2015
Guangcai Fund Management Limited/Guangcai Fund Managemeng Limited Unlicensed entities 1 Aug 2014
Great Wall Asset Management Corp Unlicensed entities 23 Jan 2014
Global Brokers Asia Unlicensed entities 14 Jan 2014
Global Reach Asset Management Unlicensed entities 23 Sep 2013
Gould Ventures Group Unlicensed entities 10 Sep 2013
GMO Global Unlicensed entities 14 Aug 2013
Galaxy Brokers Limited Unlicensed entities 19 Jul 2013
Guangzhou Commodity Exchange / Guangzhou COM / GZ COM Unlicensed entities 9 May 2013
Genkai Securities Unlicensed entities 28 Mar 2013
Global Cap. Equity Group Unlicensed entities 27 Mar 2013
GIGA Asia Limited Unlicensed entities 27 Feb 2013
GBTRADE International Worldwide Limited Unlicensed entities 14 Nov 2012
Global Span Asia Unlicensed entities 20 Apr 2012
Global Acquisitions Regulators Fake regulators and/or market operators 28 Feb 2012
Golden Wealth Group Unlicensed entities 22 Feb 2012
GIGA Invest (Asia) Unlicensed entities 6 Feb 2012
Global Finance Authority Unlicensed entities 21 Oct 2011
Global Investor Commission Fake regulators and/or market operators 10 Oct 2011
Gordon Group Services Unlicensed entities 4 Jul 2011
Global Financial Services Regulatory Committee Fake regulators and/or market operators 2 Jun 2011
Guardian Trust Company (Asia) Limited Unlicensed entities 2 Jun 2011
Global World Acquisitions Unlicensed entities 25 Mar 2011
Global e-Finance Investment Group Unlicensed entities 16 Mar 2011
Greenwyn M&A Unlicensed entities 2 Nov 2010
Golden Bridge Merchant Bank Unlicensed entities 27 Sep 2010
Global Transfer Corporation Unlicensed entities 9 Sep 2010
Goldenway Investments Unlicensed entities 10 Aug 2010
Global Option Solutions Unlicensed entities 14 May 2010
Golden Global Investment Limited Unlicensed entities 17 Dec 2009
Goldenberg Limited Unlicensed entities 15 Jul 2009
Garant Partners Unlicensed entities 13 May 2009
Global Futures Transaction Investment Limited Unlicensed entities 27 Apr 2009
Gartlett Investments Limited Unlicensed entities 10 Oct 2008
Goldman Sachs Asia Investment Management (Hong Kong) Limited Unlicensed entities 26 Sep 2008
Greenwich Trust Unlicensed entities 2 Apr 2008
Granite Consolidated Unlicensed entities 12 Feb 2008
Global Commerce International Limited Unlicensed entities 20 Jun 2007
Global Wealth Corporation Limited Unlicensed entities 15 May 2007
Grand Capital Incorporated Unlicensed entities 8 May 2007
Good Credit Assets Management Consultant Co. Unlicensed entities 5 Mar 2007
Gateway Corporate Services Limited Unlicensed entities 9 Nov 2006
Global Market Group Limited Unlicensed entities 28 Jul 2006
Global Market Group LLC Unlicensed entities 28 Jul 2006
Gordon Stanford Acquisitions Unlicensed entities 5 Jul 2006
Gramax Investment Club Limited Suspicious websites 12 May 2006
General Traders Unlicensed entities 17 Jan 2006
Gather Business Forex Investments Limited Unlicensed entities 6 Dec 2005
Global Commodities Inc. Unlicensed entities 25 Oct 2005
Global Strategy Management Unlicensed entities 19 Oct 2005
Guardex Holdings Unlicensed entities 6 Jul 2005
Global Investor's Network System Unlicensed entities 1 Jun 2005
Global Options Group Unlicensed entities 15 Dec 2004
Goldmill Wagner Associates Unlicensed entities 8 Dec 2004
Goldmany (Hong Kong) Unlicensed entities 8 Sep 2004
General Mercantile Advisors Ltd Unlicensed entities 18 Aug 2004
Glebe Investment Holdings Unlicensed entities 18 Aug 2004
Global Mercantile Advisors Ltd Unlicensed entities 13 Aug 2004
Global One Foundation, Inc Unlicensed entities 5 May 2004
Global Financial Standards Union Unlicensed entities 2 Apr 2004
GCI Bank Corp Suspicious websites 2 Apr 2004
Global Capital Management Unlicensed entities 23 Feb 2004
Global Banking Corp Unlicensed entities 18 Aug 2003
Godwynn International Unlicensed entities 18 Jun 2003
Gerrarde Financial Group Limited Unlicensed entities 2 Mar 2002
Global Option Trading Co Ltd Unlicensed entities 30 Jan 2002
Global Surveys Unlicensed entities 20 Dec 2001
Gimbel Rothschild Unlicensed entities 24 Sep 2001
Global Oriental Unlicensed entities 5 Dec 2000
Unlicensed entities

Sometimes entities appear to target Hong Kong investors whilst not having been licensed to carry out regulated activities in Hong Kong. They often adopt names similar to legitimate financial institutions to confuse investors. Alternatively, such unlicensed entities may provide financial investment trading platforms on the Internet. If you deal with a company which is not licensed by the SFC, you may not be protected by the regulatory framework enforced by the SFC.

Deal only with licensed entities and hang up on cold callers. To check whether an entity is an SFC licensee, visit our Public Register of Licensed Persons and Registered Institutions.

Suspicious websites

Dubious websites may offer too-good-to-be-true investment opportunities (e.g. pre-IPO stocks of fabricated companies sold at huge discounts, or funds with guaranteed multiple returns) that do not actually exist. Alternatively, such websites may be fraudulent copycat websites imitating the websites of reputable financial institutions to lure investors to part with their money and/or disclose personal information that the fraudsters may later use to swindle investors.

Do not respond to investment website offers unless you are sure of the legitimacy of the entity.

Suspicious virtual asset trading platforms

Do not respond to suspicious virtual asset trading platform (VATP) offers if its operator is not licensed. To check whether a VATP is licensed by the SFC, please visit our List of licensed virtual asset trading platforms. 

Some VATPs that appear to operate in Hong Kong or target Hong Kong investors may not have a licence to provide virtual asset service or carry out regulated activities in the city. They may lure investors with too-good-to-be-true investment offers, falsely claim to be or soon to be licensed in Hong Kong and/or overseas, or promote themselves aggressively through social media, instant messages, so-called “key opinion leaders” (KOLs) or any other forms of advertisements.

If you deal with a VATP which is not licensed by the SFC, please note that it is unregulated and not supervised by the SFC. You may lose your entire investment held on the VATP if it ceases operation, collapses, is hacked or otherwise suffers from any misappropriation of assets. Seeking recourse against those VATPs without a nexus with Hong Kong can be very difficult and legal remedies may not be available.


Phishes usually imitate legitimate financial institutions to despatch emails to entice recipients to disclose their credit card / bank account numbers and passwords / Personal Identification Numbers (PINs). If you provide this information, you may find your account is drained of money.

Most legitimate banks will never email you asking for your details or PIN. If in doubt, contact your bank directly.

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.


Last update: 3 Oct 2020

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