Alert List

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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This is a keyword search based on exact phrases. To facilitate searching, please only enter the keywords "AAA" in the search field when searching for "AAA Co", "AAA Company", "AAA Ltd", "AAA Limited" or "AAA Inc".

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Company name Type Add date
Unifxgold (H.K.) Asset Management Ltd Unlicensed entities 17 Feb 2023
UEE Group Unlicensed entities 6 Jul 2021
Unifunds Unlicensed entities 23 Jan 2019
Union Glory Gold Group Unlicensed entities 13 Oct 2017
United Rich Capital Investment Limited Unlicensed entities 13 Dec 2016
Up & Down Marketing Limited Unlicensed entities 26 Aug 2016
UOBBF Department of Certification Unlicensed entities 26 Aug 2016
Union Markets Limited Unlicensed entities 15 Jun 2016
US Capital Private Bank / US Capital Funding II/ U.S. Capital II Investments (Hong Kong) Ltd Unlicensed entities 6 May 2016
USA High Flourishing Group Fund Management Investment Limited Unlicensed entities 22 Jan 2016
USA Hight Flourishing Group (Hong Kong) Fund Management Investment Limited Unlicensed entities 22 Jan 2016
Universal International Finance Ltd Unlicensed entities 6 Nov 2015
Unaico Holding Ltd / Unaico Ltd Unlicensed entities 24 Sep 2015
USG Holdings Limited / United Securities Group Unlicensed entities 7 Jul 2014
Union Grand Corporation Unlicensed entities 13 May 2014
Universe Citizen Limited (trading as FXCitizen) Unlicensed entities 1 Apr 2014
Upchina International Ltd Unlicensed entities 4 Oct 2013
Unicorn Finance Group Unlicensed entities 14 May 2012
United Finance Association Unlicensed entities 6 Dec 2011
United Trustee Association Unlicensed entities 28 Jun 2011
Unique Asset – Hong Kong Unlicensed entities 2 Jun 2011
United Success Financial Limited Unlicensed entities 14 Sep 2009
Uni-Rich International Investment Limited Unlicensed entities 27 Aug 2008
U.S.A. ICII International Consultant Limited Unlicensed entities 17 Jan 2008
UK Man International Investment Financial Group Co., Ltd Suspicious websites 20 Dec 2007
Union Bank of China Suspicious websites 12 Jan 2005
UBHK Securities Company Limited Suspicious websites 12 Jan 2005
Uniline International Investment Consultant Limited Unlicensed entities 25 May 2004
Uniworld Global Management Limited Unlicensed entities 3 Dec 2002
United Capital Management Inc Unlicensed entities 2 Dec 2002
US Trading Associates Co Ltd Unlicensed entities 20 Dec 2001
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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