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Here we try to expose scams operating mainly in Australia, but also some overseas ones targeting Australians. Not every business reviewed here is a scam. Some will be fine but are so closely associated with areas of mistrust that we feel it is in the public interest to review them. Please read our Watchlist if you can’t find what you are looking for on any of the other pages. The one you are looking for may be on our radar as one to watch out for. We can always do with information about any of the scams covered here, and also any ones that we have not heard about. Please help keep others safe.

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We’ll leave you with wise words from ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ . Take note of No.5 !

The Five Laws of Gold

1.Gold cometh gladly and in increasing quantity to any man who will put by not less than one-tenth of his earnings to create an estate for his future and that of his family.

2. Gold laboreth diligently and contentedly for the wise owner who finds for it profitable employment, multiplying even as the flocks of the field.

3. Gold clingeth to the protection of the cautious owner who invests it under the advice of men wise in its handling.

4. Gold slippeth away from the man who invests it in businesses or purposes with which he is not familiar or which are not approved by those skilled in its keep.

5. Gold flees the man who would force it to impossible earning or who followeth the alluring advice of tricksters and schemers or who trusts it to his own inexperience and romantic desires in investment.

Windsor Heath Capital scam

Windor Heath Capital are a scam.

They call up in Australian business hours and say they’re calling from London where it would be the wee hours.

They say they’re expanding their client base in Australia, hence they get the graveyard shift.

We’ve heard this several times in the last year from various companies.

Options in the petroleum market is what they are advising to buy.

From there it gets fishy as you’d be purchasing the options through them, not a broker.

Once you send them the money, you’d have no recourse to get your money back.

Asked about who they are regulated with ( since we couldn’t find them registered with the FCA,

Financial Conduct Authority in the UK , https://www.fca.org.uk ) they said they were regulated

with UKIFMA.

United Kingdom Investment and Financial Market Authority , or UKIFMA, is also a scam

Their website ukifma.com is not even a .gov.uk or .org.uk domain and a very ‘thin’ site.

Of course, you’ll find Windsor Heath Capital registered with them…

We checked with the FCA about whether Windsor Heath Capital were registered with them and

they confirmed NO.

They also confirmed that the FCA is the only regulator of financial firms in the UK and UKIFMA is

not a regulator or registrar, in fact they have never heard of UKIFMA

There seems to be an endless stream of companies with fancy sounding names like

Windsor Heath Capital, Rutherford Franklin, J W Capital, Charles Frederick Morgan, Larsson York.

If you get a call from any company like that, out of the blue, saying they are from London,

Tokyo, Singapore etc, and they have words like ‘Capital’ or ‘Global’ in their name,

Watch out!

Exelon Group and Cold Trading International Arrests!!

Fantastic news from the QPS today!

Five people arrested over the Exelon and Cold Trading International scams

Police arrest five men over cold call investment fraud – Gold Coast

As part of continued efforts to target those who prey on members of the public using cold call investment fraud tactics, police from the Financial and Cyber Crime Group, with assistance from the Drug and Serious Crime Group and Major and Organised Crime Squad, yesterday arrested five men for their alleged involvement in cold call investment fraud on the Gold Coast.

Following protracted investigations on the Gold Coast police executed a search warrant on a Bundall office yesterday, February 13, 2018.

Police will allege the cold call investment fraud scam used business names Exelon Group Pty Ltd and Cold Trading International Pty Ltd based on the Gold Coast.

During the search a quantity of computers, mobile phones and documents were seized by police.

Five Gold Coast men aged 55, 52, 33, 30 and 25 years have been charged with fraud – dishonesty induces delivery of property over $100,000.

The 25-year-old man was further charged with contravene order about information necessary to access information store electronically.

All five men will appear in Southport Magistrates Court today.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Rutherford Franklin and The Dominion Group

Well! We’ve had enough complaints about Rutherford Franklin and were just about to write a report and now it appears they have now become The Dominion Group !

Rutherford Franklin, based in Tokyo (they say) and at rutherfordfranklin.com
and now they are The Dominion Group, still in Tokyo and at thedominiongroup.jp

We’ve had three reports of people investing with Rutherford Franklin where things have gone bad. Either the investment has fallen dramatically , and/or money can not be withdrawn, or communication ceases.

They all report dealing with different agents but perhaps there is more to this point..
We are told that one agent who was Mark Stone with RF in December is now Mark Silver. Could he also be any of the other agents?

Dominion Group claim to not know of Rutherford Franklin yet they call from the same telephone number: +81 669 568 4235

What they do is try to talk you into investing through them in some stock that is about to shoot right up. When it comes to buying stock though, it’s not done by sending money directly to them, it’s through a different company and they’ll ‘credit’ you the shares when they see you have made the transfer.
Guess that adds an extra arm’s length between them and the company ( except that they are actually the same)
One client reports that they told him there had been a merger and that Rutherford Franklin had had to buy compulsory warrants and they sent him the bill (well over 10k) for them.

The address given for The Dominion Group of :
Kasumigaseki Building
1-5, Kasumigaseki 3-Chome Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, 100-0013, Japan has been checked on the ground in Japan and apparently does not exist.

Conclusion: run for the hills

Cold Trading International

14/2/2018: Major breakthrough!

http://aussiescamalert.com/exelon-group-and-cold-trading-international-arrests/

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Cold Trading International seem to be the next step in the chain that has been Laybet Professionals, Charterhurst Agencies and Exelon Group,.

What we do know about Cold Trading International:

They set up their website in June this year.
They registered their ABN in May this year.
Their Director uses an address at 10 Albert Ave, Broadbeach in Qld.
Exelon Group also uses this address. It is a business location that hires out mailboxes.
We would have though that the Director needed to give ASIC a real residential address.
They claim they have their office in Brisbane, but their bank account is in Bundall on the
Gold Coast and their mailing address is Broadbeach.

They are charging $10,000 for the basic software, and you get a laptop as well for the price.
This has been the MO for Exelon, Charterhurst and Laybet Pros. By giving you software and a laptop, they believe they are fulfilling their obligations to the agreement you sign, and you then have no claim against them if the software doesn’t work. ( this will be tested in a coming court case involving Laybet Professionals and Charterhurst Agencies)

Are they Cold Trading?

By definition, Cold Trading is when you place both win and lay bets before an event starts in order to try to extract a guaranteed profit no matter what the outcome of the event.
It is a legitimate trading technique used by many people.
You can learn the techniques in courses that are normally a couple of hundred dollars.
(still takes a lot of practice to prefect though).

Cold Trading Int are not doing this. They use their software to place lay bets on horses before the race starts but do no other betting in the event that that. ( Just as Exelon etc did too)

Comments regarding Cold Trading Int

Apart from the comments below there are also some on our Tell Your Story page, one of which is this :

“Would love to. Initially I received a pleasant telephone call from “Rebecca”. Once I’d shown a little interest I was passed up line to “Steve”, claims his name is Steve Escott. Being a battler I only coughed up $3300 initially but them was enticed to top it up to $5000. Fool that I am, I did.
I received my software and manual and surprise, surprise I couldn’t even get a single bet accepted by the system. After numerous messages left for Steve and an email to admin@coldtradingint I had a call from Steve who admitted that there was a problem with the software and they would send me another but to maximise my returns I would need to add $5500 as his partners were uneasy about the “deal” he had offered me. I again scrapped up the 5500. I was still unable to place a bet. Days later I was asked to step up to the big league with the professional team but needed another $10000. When told there was no way Steve applied the pressure- get it from your friends, try the bank, add it to your credit card the returns will pay it off real soon or if I have enough Super get it from there but that may take time and the deal won’t be on the table. This time the alarm bells were ringing and since I told them in a text message, I can’t get the funds I have not been able to contact them nor have they contacted me. The first alarm bell was when I was asked to send extra money to IFP. (The syndicates) bank -separate from Coldtradingint.com.
I lodged a complaint on scamwatch but have resigned myself to not seeing any of this money again.”

A good lesson (too late in this case) to be on high alert of you are pressured to purchase, pressured to upgrade to the next best thing ( even when the first version doesn’t work).

We suggest using a high degree of caution if considering investing in this. Be willing to lose ALL of your investment.

 

Triple Seven Brokers

triplesevenbrokers.co.uk and their bookmaker, sportsbet365.co

This is another resurrection of a scam that has been going on and off for several years.

They cold call, telling you they are expert sports analysts and can make you vast sums of money with NO risk through sports betting.

They will tell you that they have just started expanding into Australia and have an 80% success rate.
What they don’t tell when pressed is what their average dividend is. They go on and on about their strike rate over 17 years so are supposedly basing that on stats, yet they have no clue what their average dividend is. They’ll say something like, ‘it depends’, or ‘it’s between 1,20 and 5.00’. Just shows they have no clue about betting and yet they are meant to be experts.

Triple Seven Brokers claim they have been operating for 17 years and are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.
You won’t find them in a search of the Financial Registers .
Their website was only established in July, and the owner gives his address as Slovakia.
They say they have thousands of clients in Australia already ( even after just three months of operation??) Hard to believe, especially given the lack of chatter anywhere on the internet about them.

As for their betting, they say there is no risk yet they might bet 80% of your bank on one selection. What if it loses you ask, what then ? They say, ‘There’s no risk, you won’t lose’. Even though by their own admission they lose 20% of their bets, apparently they never lose ???

Ok, so say you believe them and want to go ahead.
You have to open an account with their bookmaker, not your own.
Fair chance they also own the bookmaker’s site.
Because if they are placing so many winning bets with any legit bookmaker they would be banned because they’d be sending the bookmaker broke ( especially as they even get discounted odds with the bookmaker!).
The bookmaker site was registered last year and updated in July.

Here’s the likey scenario if you sign up, even with a small amount:
Everything will go well at first and you’ll have many winning bets. Who can tell when or whether they were placed. You seek a withdrawal and will be asked to pay the 20% commission. Then you still won’t see your money, or if they do let you make an initial withdrawal, you will be enticed to deposit more next time and let them build your account to some astronomical sum like $50,000. You’ll be asked to pay $10,000 to get the rest of it out, which won’t happen even after you pay up.

Avoid.

Ballantyne and Barrows

Ballantyne and Barrows , along with EIFO Exchange

ballantynebarrows.com , ballantynebarrowssolutions.com , eifoexchange.org , eifoexchange.com , eifoexchangeonline.com

This is a company that calls out of the blue, supposedly from England, in what must be the middle of the night for them. The guy I spoke to says he is on the Australian shift as they have thousands of clients in Australia ( yeah right).

So they’re selling trading advice that apparently does really well. ( I can’t understand why this guy needs to work in the wee hours of the morning if he could just be trading a couple of hours during the day and sleeping like other people during the night.)

You have to do your trading through their broker: Elite International Futures and Options Exchange ( London). None of the EIFOexchange addresses listed above take you to their website anymore, except for a customer loin page for eifoexchangeonline.

They claim to have been around for 27 years.
All the websites were registered just this year.
Most are registered with domain privacy through a company in Nobby Beach Qld.
Australian connection there??
You’d suspect that they are ringing from Australia rather than the UK too because of the times they call at.

Neither Ballantyne and Barrows, nor Eifo Exchange are listed with the Financial Conduct Authority of the UK

The guy I spoke to gave me a registration number to check on for himself. Problem was, he was only registered with EIFO and not with the FCA as a registered broker. We’re pretty sure EIFO and Ballantyne and Barrows are part of the same team.

We’ve had a couple of emails from people who say they were lured in by advice on stocks about to move that they could buy options on. The trades went ok, but when they came to make withdrawals, access to accounts and communications ceased.

If you’ve had any dealings with them, please get in touch with us.