We have received a large number of reports about fake FMA licence certificates being used to try and convince people to invest money with phony investment brokers.
Details of a New Zealand-based entity, Collinson Crowdfunding Limited, which holds a licence for operating a crowd funding service, have been used in these attempts. We can confirm that Collinson Crowdfunding is not involved in this matter.
Complainants have been communicating with the fake licensees on the messaging app Telegram.
Here are some ways you can verify the authenticity of a licence certificate holder:
We encourage anyone reading this warning to share it with friends and whānau, including on social media platforms to help protect others from harm.
Below is an image of one of these fake licence certificates. All incidents reported so far involve similar-looking certificates, with only the name of the licence holder changed. We recommend caution when dealing with any person or entity that provides you with a licence certificate such as this.