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Warnings and alerts

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:

You may also wish to refer to the IOSCO investor alert list for international scam alerts.

How to report a scam

Contact the FMA if the scam relates to an illegal investment offer or scheme. Please ensure you include your contact details so that we can be in touch.

Consumer Protection’s Scamwatch publishes a list of scam alerts. You can report a scam on their website too.

Department of Internal Affairs lists a range of scams by format, eg, email, text message, phone, fax and postal scams. You can report scams to them, including forwarding text message scams to the free shortcode 7726 (SPAM).

IOSCO investor alerts list

IOSCO Investor alerts list

IOSCO receives alerts and warnings from its members about firms which are not authorized to provide investment services in the jurisdiction which issued the alert or warning.

How to request that a warning be removed

If you believe that a warning has been published in error, or there are other good reasons for us to take down a warning that has been published, please contact us, providing the following information:

  • your contact details
  • the warning you would like removed
  • your reasons why the FMA should take down the notice
  • evidence to support your reasons.

We will assess your request and, if appropriate, remove the notice as soon as possible. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for us to act quickly.

We may contact and consult with other people who have an interest in the outcome of a request to remove a warning.

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    • Unregistered business
    • Suspected scam

    14 December 2021

    Investor warning: wisefex.org Investment LTD

    Warning: We believe Wisefex is operating a scam through the website and their representatives or associates. The website purports to offer cryptocurrency investment plans with guaranteed and unrealistically high returns to investors. We are aware of an investor using their wallet services to invest and being unable to withdraw their cryptocurrency.


    • Unregistered business
    • Suspected scam

    22 November 2021


    Warning: We believe GrayWallet is operating a scam via www.gwtpro.net and www.gwt-pro.org (the websites). The websites offer cryptocurrency wallet services to investors. We are aware of an investor using GrayWallet’s wallet services to invest and being unable to withdraw their cryptocurrency.


    • Unregistered business
    • Suspected scam

    16 November 2021

    Saga Trade

    WARNING: We are concerned that Saga Trade may be operating a scam. We have received reports of investors being unable to withdraw their investments. Saga Trade is not a registered financial service provider in New Zealand, nor licensed in New Zealand to offer trading in derivatives, including CFDs.


    • Suspected scam
    • Fake regulator

    15 November 2021

    Adler Acquisitions and Financial Services Inspectorate (Finansiell Tjänster Inspektorat)

    WARNING: The FMA received a complaint from a New Zealand resident who invested in shares with Adler Acquisition. Adler Acquisition issued the complainant a letter from Financial Services Inspectorate / Finansiell Tjänster Inspektorat, who purport to be a regulatory authority in Sweden, requesting the complainant make a payment to the regulator before the investor’s money can be released.


    • Unregistered business
    • Suspected scam

    11 November 2021

    Mido Finance Limited

    WARNING: Mido Finance Limited offers plans for investing in DeFi, NFT and cryptocurrency exchanges while offering daily profits from 0.7 to 4.3%, via its website. The website claims that the company is subject to regulation in New Zealand, but the company is not a registered financial service provider in New Zealand. This means that they cannot provide financial products or services to New Zealand residents.


    • Suspected scam

    10 November 2021


    WARNING: Osaka Lenders claims to be the third project/loan financial institution registered in Tokyo, established in 2003, but there is no other web presence found apart from its website. Additionally, the persons shown on Osaka Lenders’ website are fictitious persons created using the images of some prominent Japanese businesspeople. Read the full warning.