Page last updated: 19 September 2022

List of scams

This list 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.

Person who was scammed

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  1. Imposter website
    Unregistered business

    15 September 2022

    Investor alert: Octavus Trade Limited is not registered in New Zealand

    WARNING: Investors should exercise caution when dealing with Octavus Trade Limited and octavus.trade (the website). Octavus Trade Limited is not a registered financial service provider in New Zealand. The website contains a forged New Zealand company Certificate of Incorporation and AMI Certificate of Insurance. It claims to offer investment returns which appear to be unrealistically high.
  2. Unregistered business

    17 August 2022

    Investor alert: Yuen Pok (Paul) Loo / Wisdom House Investment Partners Limited

    WARNING: The FMA is advising the public not to accept offers of financial services from, or provide money to, Mr Yuen Pok (Paul) Loo or Wisdom House Investment Partners Limited. The FMA has made an interim stop order that applies to Wisdom House and Mr Loo arising from what appears to be dishonest and misleading activities.
  3. Imposter website
    Suspected scam

    10 August 2022

    bbcapital.com falsely using Black Bull Group identity

    FMA are concerned that https://bbcapitalmarket.com/ is operating a scam and falsely using the name of a New Zealand registered and licensed entity - Black Bull Group Limited (NZBN: 9429041417799) T/A Blackbull Markets. Black Bull Group Limited has advised the FMA that they are not associated with https://bbcapitalmarket.com/.
  4. Suspected scam
    Unregistered business

    31 August 2022

    Scam warning: NZ Residents contacted through WhatsApp to trade in cryptocurrencies

    WARNING: We have received a complaint from a New Zealand resident who was contacted by Global Venture, through WhatsApp, to trade in cryptocurrencies through their trading platform. We are concerned that Global Venture may be involved in a scam. Global Venture is unreasonably withholding the complainant’s funds and is requesting further funds to enable a withdrawal.
  5. Suspected scam
    Unregistered business

    2 August 2022

    Warning: crypto trader, Global Ventures withholding funds

    WARNING: FMA is concerned that Global Venture may be involved in a scam. We have received a complaint from a New Zealand resident who was contacted by Global Venture, through WhatsApp, to trade in cryptocurrencies through their trading platform. Global Venture is unreasonably withholding the complainant’s funds and is requesting further funds to enable a withdrawal.