Italy’s Consob Blocks Six Unlicensed Financial-Related Websites

Friday, 08/10/2021 | 20:10 GMT by Felipe Erazo
  • The number of websites blocked by the Italian regulator has now risen to 474 since July 2019.
Italy’s Consob Blocks Six Unlicensed Financial-Related Websites
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Consob, the Italian government’s top authority responsible for regulating the domestic securities market, has blocked six websites involved in the financial services offering. According to the press release, these sites are allegedly offering the products illegally.

At this time, the websites included on Consob’s blocklist were FinoMarkets, Sealtd Ltd, EurofxFinance Limited, Seabreeze Partners Ltd, Xglobalfin and Aga Trading Platform LTD. Five of the blocked websites were labeled as illegal financial intermediation sites, while one of them offers financial products that are carried out ‘in the absence of a prospectus,’ Consob noted.

With the new set of blockages, Consob raised its number of blocked websites to 522 since it launched a campaign in July 2019. The watchdog has enacted the order under the 'Growth Decree', which provides them with the legal authority to blacklist the websites that are suspected of participating in illegal financial activities.

Consob's Warning

“Consob draws investors’ attention to the importance of adopting the greatest diligence in order to make informed investment choices, adopting common sense behavior, essential to safeguard their savings: these include, for websites that offer financial services, checking in advance that the operator with whom they are investing is authorized, and, for offers of financial products, that a prospectus has been published,” the Italian financial watchdog warned.

Consob included the following platforms on its latest campaign: Dzikanta Limited, Felicity Group Ltd, GS4trade Invest Limited, Capitrades, FUNDIZA Ltd, Plus CFD Ltd Medica Trade, Nata Trade Limited, Eu Investments Limited e James Long (Masons) Limited and DevTech Holding. While almost all the EU regulators are actively flagging suspicious financial services platforms, the Italian watchdog is probably the only European regulator that blocks access to the blacklisted websites.

“The black-out of these websites by Internet service providers operating on Italian territory is ongoing. For technical reasons, it can take several days for the black-out to come into effect,” it added.

Consob, the Italian government’s top authority responsible for regulating the domestic securities market, has blocked six websites involved in the financial services offering. According to the press release, these sites are allegedly offering the products illegally.

At this time, the websites included on Consob’s blocklist were FinoMarkets, Sealtd Ltd, EurofxFinance Limited, Seabreeze Partners Ltd, Xglobalfin and Aga Trading Platform LTD. Five of the blocked websites were labeled as illegal financial intermediation sites, while one of them offers financial products that are carried out ‘in the absence of a prospectus,’ Consob noted.

With the new set of blockages, Consob raised its number of blocked websites to 522 since it launched a campaign in July 2019. The watchdog has enacted the order under the 'Growth Decree', which provides them with the legal authority to blacklist the websites that are suspected of participating in illegal financial activities.

Consob's Warning

“Consob draws investors’ attention to the importance of adopting the greatest diligence in order to make informed investment choices, adopting common sense behavior, essential to safeguard their savings: these include, for websites that offer financial services, checking in advance that the operator with whom they are investing is authorized, and, for offers of financial products, that a prospectus has been published,” the Italian financial watchdog warned.

Consob included the following platforms on its latest campaign: Dzikanta Limited, Felicity Group Ltd, GS4trade Invest Limited, Capitrades, FUNDIZA Ltd, Plus CFD Ltd Medica Trade, Nata Trade Limited, Eu Investments Limited e James Long (Masons) Limited and DevTech Holding. While almost all the EU regulators are actively flagging suspicious financial services platforms, the Italian watchdog is probably the only European regulator that blocks access to the blacklisted websites.

“The black-out of these websites by Internet service providers operating on Italian territory is ongoing. For technical reasons, it can take several days for the black-out to come into effect,” it added.

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Felipe earned a degree in journalism at the University of Chile with the highest honour in the overall ranking, and he also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Communication. In addition, he has been working as a freelance writer and Forex/crypto analyst, with experience gained from several forex broker firms and crypto-related media outlets around the world. He has been involved in the world of online forex trading since 2010 and in the crypto sphere since 2015.
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