Page last updated: 02 November 2023

Warnings and alerts

This list of warnings and alerts on this page contains the names of businesses or individuals you should be wary of if you are planning to invest. The list is not exhaustive and there is no guarantee that the business or individual listed has not changed their name.

Before you invest, we recommend that you take steps to protect yourself from being scammed and check the provider is listed on the Financial Service Providers register (FSPR). The FSPR can help you:

  • obtain a business address
  • see the types of financial services the registered company, or individual, provides to customers. Some examples include; money transfers, investment management or financial advice 
  • see any licences or an authorisation status that the company or individual may have
  • see what dispute resolution scheme they belong to.

You may also wish to refer to the IOSCO investor alert list for international scam alerts.

To sign up for regular emails of new warnings and alerts – click here and check the Weekly Scam warnings update checkbox.

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  1. Imposter website

    4 March 2024

    Seaton Trustees – Imposter website

    The FMA recommends caution when dealing with Seaton Trustees. We are aware of an investor being unable to recover money invested through its website seatontrustees.org.
  2. Imposter website
    Suspected scam

    28 February 2024

    Tidal Financial Services – Imposter website

    Imposter website alert: tidalfs.com or TidalNZ.site is falsely using the details of the genuine New Zealand company Tidal Financial Services.
  3. Suspected scam

    16 February 2024

    Riseup Trade – Suspected scam

    The FMA considers Forex a derivative. Entities offering derivative services in New Zealand are required to hold a derivatives issuer licence. Riseup Trade does not hold this type of licence, nor is it registered on the Financial Service Providers Register.
  4. Suspected scam

    2 February 2024

    Forbes Capital Partners – Suspected scam

    Investor warning: We received a complaint that representatives of FCP had befriended a NZ resident on social media and encouraged him to invest money. When he attempted to withdraw his money, FCP withheld the funds and told him to pay an advance fee.
  5. Imposter website

    2 February 2024

    Axon Holdings – Imposter website

    Investor warning: AxonHoldingsLtd.com is falsely using the details of the registered New Zealand company Axon Holdings Limited using its name, address, and New Zealand Companies Office details.
  6. Suspected scam

    30 January 2024

    Recovery scam using name of UK Authority

    FMA warns New Zealand residents of scam by individuals claiming to represent the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and offering assistance to recover money lost in a previous scam.
  7. Suspected scam

    26 January 2024

    Investing New Zealand - Comparison site harvesting investor details

    We are concerned that Investing New Zealand may be operating a scam. It operates a website claiming to compare term deposit rates which states it offers “deposit protection up to $100,000 NZD per investment”, however no such scheme is currently offered in New Zealand.