The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) published a warning on its website this Monday morning, urging consumers to watch out for scammers claiming to be from ASIC.
The fraudsters are from Luxembourg Offshore Banking which is also known as LUXOSB Limited. According to the statement published today, both of these firms are scams. Furthermore, they are not regulated nor licensed by ASIC and therefore, are not authorized to provide financial services within Australia.
Specifically, the scammers are contacting residents of Australia and falsely stating that withdrawals are being processed or withheld by ASIC. The Aussie watchdog advises consumers that if they are contacted by representatives from companies holding either of these names they should “simply hang up or delete the email and block the sender.”
Via an online trading platform that allegedly facilitates the trading of stocks, foreign exchange, cryptocurrencies and indices markets, Luxembourg Offshore Banking and LUXOSB Limited claims to offer an investment program called ExpertKonek, the statement said.
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To start trading, users are required to provide proof of ID such as photocopies of a passport and proof of address, which can be achieved via a utility bill, to activate a trading account. Although both firms claim to be associated with a company in Australia, they are actually based overseas.
Commenting on the scam, ASIC Commissioner Sean Hughes said: “These are sophisticated scams convincing people to part with their money and provide personal information. The public need to be extremely cautious of these scams and contact their financial institution if they believe their money may be at risk.”
The Australian regulator urges consumers who have been targeted by this scam and believe their bank account may have been compromised to immediately contact their bank or financial institution.
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Furthermore, ASIC also advisers residents of Australia to check the regulator’s website to see whether a financial institution holds an Australian Financial Services license before giving any personal details, such as bank numbers or address, to protect yourself from scams.