Central Bank of Ireland Issues Warning on Unauthorised Investment Firm/Investment Business Firm
It is a criminal offence for an unauthorised firm/person 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/person who is not authorised, they are not eligible for compensation from the Investor Compensation Scheme.
Any person wishing to contact the Central Bank of Ireland with information regarding such firms/persons may telephone (01) 224 4000. This line is also available to the public to check if a firm/person is authorised. Since obtaining the necessary legal powers in August 1998, the names of 263 unauthorised firms/persons have been published by the Central Bank.