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Financial Conduct Authority Gives Warning About Unauthorised Firm

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The FCA has stated that the firm is not authorised and is targeting people in the UK, even encouraging them to take out bank loans to invest more!

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A warning has been issued by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regarding a crypto, Forex (FX), and Contract for Differences (CFDs) trading platform, NuxTrade.

The FCA, the UK’s regulatory authority for the financial sector, is in charge of policing financial firms and services. As part of its remit, and to help customers ensure that the company they are dealing with is regulated, the FCA publishes a list of firms that it is concerned are operating without authorisation.

On its website, the FCA warns that NuxTrade: “may be providing financial services or products without our authorisation” and that the firm is “not authorised by [the FCA] and is targeting people in the UK”. The main red flag for the platform is that it is registered in St Vincent and Grenadines, a territory that does not regulate FX trading services, making it a breeding ground for scammers and fraudulent firms.

Without FCA authorisation, if investors choose to deal with NuxTrade (or any other unauthorised firm), they will not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to raise a complaint against the firm. FOS is the “free and easy-to-use service that settles complaints between consumers and businesses that provide financial services”. With NuxTrade on the FCA warning list, any investors who lose money cannot claim compensation against the firm; however, all is not lost, as investors may be able to bring a claim against their bank.

In the FCA warning, the Authority also outlines that, should investors decide to deal with NuxTrade, they will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The FSCS is an independent, free service created to compensate clients of financial institutions that have gone out of business. Before investing money in cryptocurrency, investors should conduct extensive research and conduct due diligence. We recently provided some top tips to help investors understand what to look out for, as well as keeping an eye on the FCA warning list.

Sarah Spruce, Head of the Cryptocurrency Scam team at TLW Solicitors, can help if you have fallen victim to a crypto scam. Commenting on the FCA warning, she said:

Since the FCA warning was published, we have already seen several claim enquiries relating to NuxTrade and its trading activities; some clients have even been convinced to take out bank loans in order to invest more money!

While victims cannot claim against NuxTrade directly, there are other avenues available to recoup any losses. If you or a loved one have been affected, then get in touch for a no obligation initial discussion to explore your options and my team can advise on whether you may have a ‘no win, no fee’ case for compensation.

If you, a friend, family member or colleague have lost money to a cryptocurrency investment scam or have been encouraged to take out a loan to supplement your investment, get in touch to see if we can help.

TLW Solicitors has years of experience dealing with FOS applications, and we will deal with your claim with efficiently and speedily, keeping you up to date at every stage using our dedicated case management systems.

We work on a no-win, no-fee basis, so contact us today for a no-obligation, confidential conversation about your case. Call us on 0800 169 5925, email info@tlwsolicitors.co.uk or fill out one of the forms below.

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