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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
JP-EX Crypto Asset Platform Pty Ltd
JPEX Technical Support Co. Pty Ltd
Suspicious virtual asset trading platforms 8 Jul 2022
Jiaxing International Ltd / Jiaxing International Investment Co Ltd Unlicensed entities 19 Nov 2021
JMS Investment Services / JMS Limited / JMS Financial Unlicensed entities 18 Nov 2021
Jinlong Zhihui Information Technology Limited Unlicensed entities 10 Feb 2021
Jiayu Investment International Co Ltd Unlicensed entities 23 Dec 2020
Jordan Limited Unlicensed entities 9 Jul 2020
Jitak Capital Limited Unlicensed entities 16 Jun 2020
JSGI Global Holding Limited Unlicensed entities 8 May 2020
Jonarnstein / Jonar Niels Stein Unlicensed entities 12 Dec 2019
Jiu Fu Capital Asset Management Co., Ltd. Unlicensed entities 10 Jun 2019
Jade & Kelvin Limited Unlicensed entities 29 May 2019
Jarvinia Holdings Ltd Unlicensed entities 15 May 2019
Jieun Asset Limited Unlicensed entities 15 Jan 2019
JHCFFX / JHCF / HKJHFX / Juhui Wealth Group Unlicensed entities 13 Dec 2018
Jinhui Global International Holdings Unlicensed entities 15 Nov 2018
JJ Lloyd Unlicensed entities 7 Nov 2018
Jet Technology Limited (aka JETFX) Unlicensed entities 24 Nov 2017
Jessica & James Holdings Unlicensed entities 28 Aug 2017
Jason & Victoria Holdings Unlicensed entities 28 Aug 2017
Jason & Jordan Holdings Unlicensed entities 28 Aug 2017
Jack & Jones Holdings Unlicensed entities 28 Aug 2017
JAG Limited / JAG Transfer Unlicensed entities 1 Aug 2017
JSB Capital Group Ltd Unlicensed entities 26 Jul 2017
Jones & Clark Holdings Unlicensed entities 21 Jul 2017
Jonathan & Carly Holdings Unlicensed entities 14 Jul 2017
JJPTR / JJ Poor to Rich Unlicensed entities 21 Jun 2017
JJ Matthias Asset Management Unlicensed entities 12 Jun 2017
Jacob L. Callan Unlicensed entities 13 Apr 2017
Jordan & Woods Limited Unlicensed entities 5 Aug 2016
Jordan Group Financial Unlicensed entities 27 Jun 2016
James Doyle Unlicensed entities 30 Mar 2016
Jones Shaw Capital Partners Unlicensed entities 19 Oct 2015
Jeffrey Brothers Capital Unlicensed entities 11 Jun 2015
Junggar Oil Exploration Suspicious websites 26 Mar 2015
JUP.Inc Suspicious websites 14 Oct 2014
Joint Wealthy Consultancy Ltd Unlicensed entities 14 Apr 2014
JP Premier International Holdings Limited Unlicensed entities 12 Jul 2013
JD Trading Inc Unlicensed entities 2 May 2012
Jones Capital Unlicensed entities 20 Mar 2012
Jensen Ryan Lee Ltd. Unlicensed entities 10 Oct 2011
Jin Hue Finance Unlicensed entities 9 Jun 2011
JSM Financial Unlicensed entities 29 Sep 2010
Jackson Fortress Asset Management Unlicensed entities 15 Sep 2010
Jade Asia International Ltd Unlicensed entities 30 Jun 2009
JD Abrams & Associates Unlicensed entities 12 Nov 2008
Joint Profit Investment Limited Unlicensed entities 18 Dec 2007
Jade Dragon Fund Limited Unlicensed entities 15 May 2007
Jameson West Associates Ltd Unlicensed entities 26 Oct 2006
JPM Investments International Unlicensed entities 28 Jul 2004
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

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.

Others

Last update: 3 Oct 2020

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