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. Suspected scam
    Unregistered business

    21 February 2022

    Investor alert: false claims by Leumi-vest.com

    WARNING: FMA believes Leumi Vest is operating a scam through the website and it falsely claims to be operating from a New Zealand address. The website purports to offer investment plans to investors with unrealistically high returns. We are aware that an investor is unable to withdraw the funds they invested through the website.
  2. Suspected scam
    Unregistered business

    2 February 2022

    Investor warning: Adsplus Limited unreasonably withholding client funds

    WARNING: We are concerned that Adsplus is operating a scam. Adsplus Limited claims to be operating from a New Zealand, has sent letters in the name of New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, displaying fictitious persons on their website and unreasonably withholding client funds. Adsplus Limited is not a registered financial service provider in New Zealand.