Warning notice issued on unauthorised firm - May 2017

12 May 2017 Press Release

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It has recently come to the Central Bank of Ireland’s (‘Central Bank’) attention that a firm, calling itself Zanta Ventures (www.zanta.tk), has been operating as a payment institution and/or as a money transmission business in the State in the absence of an appropriate authorisation. This unauthorised firm has cloned the details (name and Irish registered address) of a company called Zanta Ventures Limited, which is a company registered with the Irish Companies Registration Office (‘CRO’) and which does not deal in financial services.

It should be noted that there is no connection whatsoever between Zanta Ventures Limited which is a company registered with the CRO and the unauthorised entity Zanta Ventures (www.zanta.tk) that has cloned its details.

It is a criminal offence for an unauthorised firm to provide financial services in Ireland that would require an authorisation under the relevant legislation for which the Central Bank is the responsible body for enforcing. Consumers should be aware that, if they deal with a firm which is not authorised, they are not eligible for compensation from the Investor Compensation Scheme.

Fraudsters are increasingly using legitimate firms’ details to add an air of legitimacy to their fraud. The fraudsters will 'borrow' all of the legitimate information of an authorised/legitimate firm for the purpose of this fraud. They may quote authorisation numbers/company registration numbers and links to seemingly legitimate websites and even provide the real address of an authorised/legitimate firm. Consumers are advised to check our register to verify a firm’s details and to call the firm back directly using its advertised phone number.

For further information, please visit the Avoiding Scams and Unauthorised Activity section of the Central Bank’s website.

Notes

The name of the above unauthorised firm is published under the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2013.