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It has recently come to the Central Bank of Ireland’s (‘Central Bank’) attention that a firm, calling itself Baradero Global Transfer Limited, has been operating as a payment institution and/or as a money transmission business in the State in the absence of an appropriate authorisation. This unauthorised firm has cloned the details [part of the name (Baradero) and Irish registered address] of a company called Baradero Limited, which is a company registered with the Irish Companies Registration Office (‘CRO’) and which does not deal in financial services.

It should be noted that there is no connection whatsoever between Baradero Limited, which is a company registered with the CRO and the unauthorised entity Baradero Global Transfer Limited that has cloned its details.

It is a criminal offence for an unauthorised firm 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 which is not authorised, they are not eligible for compensation from the Investor Compensation Scheme.

Fraudsters are increasingly using legitimate firms’ details to add an air of legitimacy to their fraud. The fraudsters will ‘borrow’ all of the legitimate information of an authorised/legitimate firm for the purpose of this fraud. They may quote authorisation numbers/company registration numbers and links to seemingly legitimate websites and even provide the real address of an authorised/legitimate firm. Consumers are advised to check our register to verify a firm’s details and to call the firm back directly using its advertised phone number.

For further information, please visit the Avoiding Scams and Unauthorised Activity section of the Central Bank’s website.

Users of our Know Your Customer Virtual Compliance Desk solution would have spotted this fraudster immediately. Instead of relying on their customer (the fraudster in this case) to supply (cloned) company filings the KYC platform connects directly to the CRO and returns “No matches” for the fraudulent company name “Baradero Global Transfer Limited”:

This stops our clients from even opening a new KYC case for a fraudulent company and effectively stops the on-boarding of the fraudsters before any harm is done.