Warning on Unauthorised Firm – Virtu Financial (CLONE)

30 July 2019 Press Release


It has recently come to the Central Bank of Ireland’s (‘Central Bank’) attention, that a firm calling itself Virtu Financial (United Kingdom) - https://www.virtu.org.uk/ (website no longer available), which is not authorised as an investment firm by the Central Bank, cloned the details (part of the name and United Kingdom address) of a firm called Virtu Financial Ireland Limited, which is authorised by the Central Bank and which is permitted to operate in the United Kingdom.

It should be noted that there is no connection whatsoever between the Central Bank authorised firm Virtu Financial Ireland Limited and the unauthorised entity that has cloned its details.  

It is a criminal offence for an unauthorised firm to provide financial services in and from 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. 

Any person wishing to contact the Central Bank with information regarding such firms/persons may telephone (01) 224 4000. This line is also available to the public to check if a firm is authorised. Since obtaining the necessary legal powers in August 1998, the names of 363 unauthorised firms have been published by the Central Bank. 


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