Central Bank of Ireland Issues Warning on Unauthorised Firm - B.W.B. Ireland Investment Management

22 December 2021 Warning Notice


It has recently come to the Central Bank of Ireland’s (‘Central Bank’) attention that a firm, calling itself B.W.B. Ireland Investment Management (Ireland & UK) – www.bwbireland.com (currently not operational) has been operating as an investment firm in the absence of an appropriate authorisation and purporting to be based in Ireland.

The unauthorised BWB Ireland Investment Management (Ireland) (Clone) has cloned information from a Central Bank authorised firm based in Ireland and has cloned the former name and address details of a legitimate entity formerly based in Ireland. It should be noted that there is no connection whatsoever between the Central Bank authorised firm, the legitimate entity formerly based in Ireland and the unauthorised entity that cloned both firms’ 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.

Notes to editors

The name of the above firm is published under the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2013.