A List of Fraudulent Investment or Asset Management Companies - Page 2

Page 2 - Below is a list of fraudulent companies who are participating in Investor "Cold-calling" scam. Investor "Cold-calling" is a fraudulent practice where by an entity disguises itself as a brokerage firm or an asset management firm and approaches potential investors via non face-to-face channels, such as by phone, fax, and emails, in order to solicit investment in securities or financial products. Typically, a "cold caller" makes unsolicited calls to potential investors, cajoles them into deciding to purchase certain securities, and then, becomes unavailable for contact after the investor sends the money for that purchase. As a result, the investors cannot obtain the securities although they made the payment, and they also cannot get back the money they paid. Investors need to be more careful and vigilant, as cold callers have been using more varied and more sophisticated tactics. (For example, some cold callers execute transactions properly and make profits for investors at first. Then, they solicit bigger transaction and make the investors transfer the money for it. After that, the cold callers disappear.)

A List of Fraudulent Investment or Asset Management Companies - Page 2

The List of Fraudulent Investment or Asset Management Companies

Advance Capital Partners (Posted in March 2016)

Yokohama Sky Building 20F, 2-19-12 Takashima, Yokohama, 220-0011

Tel: +81(0)45-670-9028

Fax: +81(0)45-345-4314


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Aichi International (Posted in August 2014)

5th Fl., Yushi Kogyo Kaikan 13-11, Nihonbashi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0027 Japan

TEL: +81 3 6701 7638

FAX: +81 3 6701 7639


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Akasaka Acquisitions (Posted in December 2015)

4th Floor, Kioicho Building, 3-12 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0094

Tel: +81 3 4588 8494

Fax: +81 3 4588 8499


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Allied Acquisitions (Posted in February 2015)

16th Flr., Shin Nikko Bldg. East 10-1, Toranomon 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo ZIP 105-0001

Tel: +81 505 865 4064

Fax: +81 345 782 129


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Allied International Trading (Posted in December 2015)

JAL Building, Floor 12, 2-4-11 Higashi-Shinagawa, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan

Tel: +81 3 4588 9307

Fax: +81 3 6730 2865


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Allied Mergers & Asset Management (Posted in December 2014)

Sanno Park Tower, Nagata-cho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Japan


Anzen Capital Ltd (Posted in December 2015)

3f/5f/6f Tobbu Building, 6-28-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001

Tel: (+81) 345 801 669

Fax: (+81) 345 801 670


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Aozora Alliance (Posted in April 2013)

World Udagawa Building, 3F, 36-6 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042,JAPAN

+81-3-4496-6021 / FAX+81-3-4496-6031


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Arai, Endo and Associates (Posted in December 2016)

15th Fl., Cerulean Tower, 26-1, Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, ZIP 150-8512

Tel: +81 345 782 383

Fax: +81 363 694 504


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Arc Trading (Posted in February 2014)

Shiodome Center, Floor17, 1-5-2 Higashi-Shinbashi, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan

Tel: +81-3-4550-0317

FAX: +81-3-4496-5044


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Argo Alternatives (Posted in March 2016)

Shibuya Cerulean Tower, Level 15 26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan 150-8512


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Arthur-Sera Limited (Posted in December 2016)

Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, HongKong

Tel: +85 258 032 318


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Asakura Acquisitions (Posted in December 2014)

10th Fl., Shibuya Cross Tower, 15-1, Shibuya 2-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002

Tel: +81 345 209 316

Fax: +81 345 209 560


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Asashi Mergers & Acquisitions Group (Posted in December 2016)

18F Yokohoma Landmark Tower, Nishi-ku Kanagawa, 2-2-1 Minatomirai, Yokohama, ZIP 228-8120

6F & 9F Sotetsu KS Building, 1-11-5 Kitasaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, ZIP 220-0004

Tel: +81 4 5670 9016

Fax: +81 4 5330 7608


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Asashima Mergers & Acquistion Group (Posted in September 2016)

Asgard Group (Posted in April 2014)

Nishi Ikebukuro Building, Level 6, 1-7 Nishi Ikebukuro, Tokyo,Tokyo-to, Japan

TEL: +81 3 4550 0443

FAX: +81 3 4333 0301


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Ashland Mergers & Acquisitions Management (Posted in April 2014)

17F Sky Building, 2-19-12 Takashima Nishi-Ku Yokohama, 220-0011, Japan

TEL: +81 4 5670-9065

FAX: +81 4 5330-7645

Asian Acquisition Oversight Committee (Posted in April 2014)

5F Shinjuku Mitsuba Building, 1-5-11 Shinjuku Nishi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0023

TEL: +81 3 4577 4683

FAX: +81 3 4333 0394


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Asiatic Acquisitions (Posted in November 2013)

9th Floor, Sankei Building 7-2, Otemachi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004 Japan

Aura Mergers & Acquisitions (Posted in October 2014)

21/F Yokohama Mitsui Building 1-1-2 Takashima Nishi Ward, Yokohama,

Kanagawa Prefecture 220-0011, Japan

Tel: +81-4-5670-9063


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Baxter Capital Ventures Management (Posted in June 2014)

16F Shin-Yokohama Square Bldg, 2-5-14 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 222-0033

Belfrey International (Posted in February 2014)

Osaka Obayashi Building Level 22, 4-33 Kitahama-Higashi

Osaka, Osaka-Fu Japan

Tel: +81-6-4560-4015

Fax: +81-6-7635-4818


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Belmont Financial Group (Posted in December 2015)

2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan

Tel: +81 3 4588 1379


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Benison Asset Management (Posted in June 2014)

Minatomirai Center Building 15F 3-6-1, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, 221-0012, Japan

TEL: +81-4-5670-9058


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Pay the safest way

Credit cards are the safest way to pay for online purchases because you can dispute the charges if you never get the goods or services or if the offer was misrepresented. Federal law limits your liability to $50 if someone makes unauthorized charges to your account, and most credit card issuers will remove them completely if you report the problem promptly.

Guard your personal information

In any transaction you conduct, make sure to check with your state or local consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if the seller, charity, company, or organization is credible. Be especially wary if the entity is unfamiliar to you. Always call the number found on a website’s contact information to make sure the number legitimately belongs to the entity you are dealing with.

Be careful of the information you share

Never give out your codes, passwords or personal information, unless you are sure of who you're dealing with

Know who you’re dealing with

Crooks pretending to be from companies you do business with may call or send an email, claiming they need to verify your personal information. Don’t provide your credit card or bank account number unless you are actually paying for something and know who you are sending payment to. Your social security number should not be necessary unless you are applying for credit. Be especially suspicious if someone claiming to be from a company with whom you have an account asks for information that the business already has.

Check your accounts

Regularly check your account transactions and report any suspicious or unauthorised transactions.

Don’t believe promises of easy money

If someone claims that you can earn money with little or no work, get a loan or credit card even if you have bad credit, or make money on an investment with little or no risk, it’s probably a scam. Oftentimes, offers that seem too good to be true, actually are too good to be true.

Do not open email from people you don’t know

If you are unsure whether an email you received is legitimate, try contacting the sender directly via other means. Do not click on any links in an email unless you are sure it is safe.

Think before you click

If an email or text message looks suspicious, don’t open any attachments or click on the links.

Verify urgent requests or unsolicited emails, messages or phone calls before you respond

If you receive a message or a phone call asking for immediate action and don't know the sender, it could be a phishing message.

Be careful with links and new website addresses

Malicious website addresses may appear almost identical to legitimate sites. Scammers often use a slight variation in spelling or logo to lure you. Malicious links can also come from friends whose email has unknowingly been compromised, so be careful.

Secure your personal information

Before providing any personal information, such as your date of birth, Social Security number, account numbers, and passwords, be sure the website is secure.

Stay informed on the latest cyber threats

Keep yourself up to date on current scams by visiting this website daily.

Use Strong Passwords

Strong passwords are critical to online security.

Keep your software up to date and maintain preventative software programs

Keep all of your software applications up to date on your computers and mobile devices. Install software that provides antivirus, firewall, and email filter services.

Update the operating systems on your electronic devices

Make sure your operating systems (OSs) and applications are up to date on all of your electronic devices. Older and unpatched versions of OSs and software are the target of many hacks. Read the CISA security tip on Understanding Patches and Software Updates for more information.

What if You Got Scammed?

Stop Contact With The Scammer

Hang up the phone. Do not reply to emails, messages, or letters that the scammer sends. Do not make any more payments to the scammer. Beware of additional scammers who may contact you claiming they can help you get your lost money back.

Secure Your Finances

  • Report potentially compromised bank account, credit or debit card information to your financial institution(s) immediately. They may be able to cancel or reverse fraudulent transactions.
  • Notify the three major credit bureaus. They can add a fraud alert to warn potential credit grantors that you may be a victim of identity theft. You may also want to consider placing a free security freeze on your credit report. Doing so prevents lenders and others from accessing your credit report entirely, which will prevent them from extending credit:

Check Your Computer

If your computer was accessed or otherwise affected by a scam, check to make sure that your anti-virus is up-to-date and running and that your system is free of malware and keylogging software. You may also need to seek the help of a computer repair company. Consider utilizing the Better Business Bureau’s website to find a reputable company.

Change Your Account Passwords

Update your bank, credit card, social media, and email account passwords to try to limit further unauthorized access. Make sure to choose strong passwords when changing account passwords.

Report The Scam

Reporting helps protect others. While agencies can’t always track down perpetrators of crimes against scammers, they can utilize the information gathered to record patterns of abuse which may lead to action being taken against a company or industry.

Report your issue to the following agencies based on the nature of the scam:

  • Local Law Enforcement: Consumers are encouraged to report scams to their local police department or sheriff’s office, especially if you lost money or property or had your identity compromised.
  • Federal Trade Commission: Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or use the Online Complaint Assistant to report various types of fraud, including counterfeit checks, lottery or sweepstakes scams, and more.
  • Identitytheft.gov: If someone is using your personal information, like your Social Security, credit card, or bank account number, to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund, report it at www.identitytheft.gov. This federal government site will also help you create your Identity Theft Report and a personal recovery plan based on your situation. Questions can be directed to 877-ID THEFT.

How To Recognize a Phishing Scam

Scammers use email or text messages to try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could get access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they’re often successful.

Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

  • say they’ve noticed some suspicious activity or log-in attempts — they haven’t
  • claim there’s a problem with your account or your payment information — there isn’t
  • say you need to confirm some personal or financial information — you don’t
  • include an invoice you don’t recognize — it’s fake
  • want you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
  • say you’re eligible to register for a government refund — it’s a scam
  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

About Online Threat Alerts (OTA)

Online Threat Alerts or OTA is an anti-cybercrime community that started in 2012. OTA alerts the public to cyber crimes and other web threats.

By alerting the public, we have prevented a lot of online users from getting scammed or becoming victims of cybercrimes.

With the ever-increasing number of people going online, it important to have a community like OTA that continuously alerts or protects those same people from cyber-criminals, scammers and hackers, who are every day finding new ways of carrying out their malicious activities.

Online users can help by reporting suspicious or malicious messages or websites to OTA. And, if they want to determine if a message or website is a threat or scam, they can use OTA's search engine to search for the website or parts of the message for information.

Help maintain Online Threat Alerts (OTA).

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