A List of Fraudulent Investment or Asset Management Companies - Page 5

Page 5 - 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 5

The List of Fraudulent Investment or Asset Management Companies

Osaka Corp (Posted in December 2015)

5th Fl., Naocho Building, 5-8, Kamiogi 1-chome, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167 0043, Japan

Tel: +81 29 307 8285

Fax: +81 29 307 8284


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Osaka Financial (Posted in July 2016)

28f, Grand Front Osaka Tower B 3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku Osaka 530-0011 Japan


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Oshiro Associates (Posted in December 2016)

8th Floor, H & I building, 17-18, Shinjuku 5-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, ZIP 160-0022

Tel: +81 3 6890 8586


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Pan Asia Pacific Mergers & Acquisitions (Posted in September 2016)

6th Fl., Fukuyoshi-Cho Bldg., 2-6 Roppongi 2-Chome, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, ZIP 106-0032

Tel: +81 345 776 443

Pan-Asia Trading Partners (Posted in December 2015)

Shinjuku Maynds Tower,2-1-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0053, Japan

Tel: +81-3-6800-5608


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Parley Acquisition Group (Posted in December 2014)

10/F TS Plaza Building, 2, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 220-8686, Japan

Tel: 814 5670 9040

Pirooz Exchange Group (Posted in March 2016)

163-1080 Tokyo, Shinjuku-Ku, 3-7-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shikjuku Park Tower

Tel: +81 3 457 89 575


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Regency Associates (Posted in July 2016)

Toyosu On Building, Level 9, 1-1-1, Toyosu, Koto-Ku, Tokyo-to, Tokyo, Japan

Tel: +81 3 4570 4346

Fax: +81 3 6701 2924


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Resona Partners (Posted in March 2016)

31F Breeze Tower, 4-9, Umeda 2-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0001

Switchboard: +81 – 645 604 426

Fax: +86 – 645 604 430


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Saito and Partners (Posted in December 2015)

4th FL., Shinwa Bldg., 9-11, Toranomon 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0001

Tel: +81 345 102 623

Fax: +81 367 451 729


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Saito Mergers & Acquisitions (Posted in December 2014)

43-2 Kamadai-cho, Hodogaya-ku,Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 240-0066, Japan

Tel: +81 4 5670-9068


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SEEK Ltd. LLC, SEEK Ltd. LLP (Posted in March 2016)

Ark Mori Building 1-12-32 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan, 107-6001

Tel: +81 3 6890 8589


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Shelden Associates (Posted in July 2016)

Chigase-machi 4-327-2 Ome-Shi, Tokyo, 198-0043, Japan

Tel: +81 3 428-24-1411


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Shimbashi & Partners (Posted in February 2015)

15th Fl., Shiodome Sumitomo Bldg. 9-2, Higashi-Shimbashi 1-chome, Minato-ku Tokyo, 105-0021

Tel: +81 345 888 491

Fax: +81 345 888 496


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Shibata & Partners (Posted in September 2016)

5th Flr, Kajitani Daiichi Building, 21-10, Shinkawa 2-chome Chuo-ku, Tokyo, ZIP 104-0033

Tel: +81 3 451 06137

Shibuya Associates (Posted in October 2014)

6th Flr., Noa Dogenzaka Bldg. 15-1 Dogenzaka 2-chome, Shibuya-ku Tokyo,150-0043

Tel: +81 345 209 239

Fax: +81 345 781 506


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Shinsei Associates (Posted in April 2013)

7th F, Kyodo Tsushin Kaikan, 2-5, Toranomon 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001 Japan

Tel: +81 3 4496 6021

Fax: +81 3 4496 6031

Shinshiro International (Posted in July 2016)

11th Fl., Shin-Aoyama Building East, 1-1, Minami Aoyama 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 Japan

Tel: +81 3 4330 1132

Fax: +81 3 4330 1131


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Shintomi Trading (Posted in April 2013)

12-21-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, 100-0004, Tokyo, Japan

Sierra Finance Asset Management (Posted in February 2014)

4F Suga Building 2, 6-82 Ota-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-Ku, Kanagawa-ku, 231-0011 Japan

Tel: +81-4-5670-9039

Fax: +81-4-5345-0476

Smith and Jacobs Financial (Posted in November 2013)

11th floor, Shuwa Kioicho Park Building 3-6, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094 Japan

Softbank CIBC International (Posted in December 2016)

20th Floor, Shibaura Square Building, 4-9-25, Shibaura, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, ZIP 108-0023

Tel: +81 3 4578 9560

Fax: +81 3 4578 0460


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Solomon Layb (Posted in July 2013)

Roppongi Tower 7-10-2, Chiyoda Business Park, 2-5-4 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-0083 Japan

Somerset Offshore Asset Management (Posted in September 2016)

Marunouchi Park Building, 2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, ZIP 100-8222

Tel: +86 10 590 45999

Sovereign Wealth Capital (Posted in September 2013)

Ochanomizu Center Building 3-2-12 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033, Japan

Tel: +81367012498

Fax: +81367309716

Springer Asset Management (Posted in August 2014)

5/F Yokohama Business Park East Tower 134, Godo-cho, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama Kanagawa 240-0005 Japan

TEL: +81 4 5670-9062

FAX: +81 4 5345-0297


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Sterling Group International (Posted in December 2015)

Shinjuku Center Building, 1 Chome−25−1, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, 160-0023 Tōkyō-to, Japan

Tel: +81 3 6745 5309


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Stockbridge Partners (Posted in July 2013)

Yasuda Seimei Building Floor 18, 3-3-20 Umeda, Osaka, Japan

TEL: +81-6-4560-4039 / FAX: +81-6-7635-4783

Strategic Global Partners (Posted in December 2015)

Takarazuka Building, Floor 17, 1-1-3 Yurakucho, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan

Tel: +81 3 4578 2733

Fax: +81 3 6800 2917


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Taito Securities Group (Posted in October 2014)

15th Flr., Shibuya Markcity West 12-1, Dogenzaka 1-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043

Tel: +81 345 789 154

Fax: +81 345 781 504


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Takeshi Venture Capital (Posted in September 2013)

Chiyoda ku Tower Marunouchi Tokyo, 100-0005

TEL: +81 3 4520 9510

FAX: +81 3 4578 1610


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Tanaguchi Kuji & Partners (Posted in December 2016)

202, 7-11-4, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, ZIP 106-0032

Tel: +81 345 781 517

Fax: +81 367 458 638


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Tech Fortune Investment Limited (Posted in December 2016)

Ginsen Shinbashi Building, No.2 5, Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel: +86 21 6039 8411

Fax: +86 21 6039 8388


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Telemedia Company (Posted in July 2016)

Tama Tokyo Marine Building, Floor 11, 2-1-1 Tsurumaki, Tama, okyo, Tokyo-to, Japan

Tel: +81 3 4578 2725

Fax: +81 3 6800 3136


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Tenjin Associates (Posted in December 2015)

6th Floor Yarakucho Building, 10-1 Yaracucho 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006

Tel: +81 345 774 662

Fax: +81 367 017 418


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The Avanti Group (Posted in June 2014)

3-11-4 Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan

Tel: +81 345 782 170

Fax: +81 367 012 906


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The Cathford group (Posted in December 2014)

14F Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-6114

Tel: +813 4540 6638

Fax: +813 6369 3568


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The Pacific Alliances (Posted in July 2016)

Building 1F, 6-3-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel: +81 345906391


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Tesla Acquisition Corporation (Posted in November 2013)

18th floor, KDDI Ote-machi Building 8-1, Ote-machi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004 Japan

Triguard International (Posted in December 2015)

879 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku,150-0042, Tokyo, Japan

+81 34578 9099

+81 34330 1999


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Tokai Global Trading (Posted in February 2014)

Tokyo Stock Exchange 2-1 Nihombashi Kabutocho Chuo-ku Tokyo 103-0026 Japan

Tel: +81-3-6388-0368, +81-3-4578-9031

Fax: +81-3-4496-4606


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Toyo Securities (Posted in February 2014)

18th Fl., Shiroyama Trust Tower 3-1, Toranomon 4-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-6025 Japan

* Toyo Securities Co., Ltd. has no association whatsoever with the organization.

United Global Trading (Posted in April 2014)

Takadanobaba Center Building, Floor 10, 1-31-18 Takadanobaba, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan

TEL: +813 4578 2729

FAX: +813 6369 4289

Wakamy, Libman & Associates (Posted in October 2014)

5th Flr., Tadokoro Bldg. 3-15, Nihonbashi Hongoku-cho 3-chome, Chuo-ku Tokyo, 103-0021

Tel: +81 345 789 058

Fax: +81 345 781 536


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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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