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FCA exposes clone broker

Cardiff-based Tide You Over Ltd is an FCA-authorised broker which helps consumers find a payday lender for loans of up to £2,500.

However, the FCA says the firm may have fallen victim to fraudsters purporting to work for Tide U Over who are operating under the name Diamond Loans.

People in the UK are thought to have been targeted by the clone firm via, and [email protected]

Tide U Over has no association with the clone firm.

In a statement, the FCA said: “This is what we call a 'clone firm'; and fraudsters usually use this tactic when contacting people out of the blue, so you should be especially wary if you have been cold called.

“They may use the name of the genuine firm, the 'firm reference number' (FRN) we have given the authorised firm or other details.”

Diamond Loans has also been known to operate through various phone numbers. 

The FCA added: “Be aware that the scammers may give out other false details or mix these with some correct details of the registered firm.”

Consumers are advised to check the Financial Services Register to ensure that they only deal with financial firms that are authorised by the FCA.

If a firm does not appear on the Financial Services Register but claims it does, contact the FCA helpline on 0800 111 6768.

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