Name: Global Investor Commission
Type: Fake regulators and/or market operators
Address(es): Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Hong Kong.
Website: www.gicomm.com
Remarks: The entity gives the above incomplete Hong Kong address and falsely claims to oversee and regulate the securities industry.
Add date: 10 Oct 2011
Note:
Fake regulators and/or market operators

Creating a fake regulator and/or market operator website is one of the tricks used to deceive unwary investors into thinking that certain unauthorised financial institutions or intermediaries listed on that website are supervised by a real regulator and that they conduct their trades through a recognised market operator (e.g. stock exchanges). The scamsters create a website for a non-existent financial regulator or market operator with a plausible name. Such a website is usually sophisticated and often contains up-to-date financial news to create a false impression of authenticity. In fact, no such financial regulator or market operator exists under that name.

To check whether a financial regulator and market operator really exists, see the member lists of the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the World Federation of Exchanges respectively.

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