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Consob has ordered the black-out of 6 new websites that abusively offer financial services/financial products: 4 abusive financial intermediation sites and 2 sites through which financial products are offered without a prospectus.
The Authority availed itself of the powers deriving from the "growth decree" (Law no. 58 of 28 June 2019, article 36, paragraph 2-terdecies) regarding the blackout of the sites of abusive financial intermediaries, as well as the new power introduced by Law no. 8 of 28 February 2020 (article 4, paragraph 3-bis), regarding the blackout of the site through which the abusive offer is made.
Below are the sites Consob has ordered to be blacked out:
- < Dubai > < FXM > < Ltd > (website www.dubaifxm.co and URL dubaifxm.co);
- "DAX1001" (website dax1001.com);
- Global Pegasus < Ltd > (website www.fx4lux.com);
- "AirBit Club" (websites https://airbitclub.com and www.bitbackoffice.com).
The number of sites blacked out since July last, when Consob got the power to order that the websites of fraudulent financial intermediaries be blacked out, has thus risen to 180.
The measures adopted by Consob can be consulted on the website www.consob.it.
The black-out of these websites by internet service providers operating on Italian territory is ongoing. For technical reasons, it can take several days for the black-out to come into effect.
Consob draws investors' attention to the importance of adopting the greatest diligence in order to make informed investment choices, adopting common sense behaviours, essential to safeguard their savings: these include, for websites that offer financial services, checking in advance that the operator with whom they are investing is authorised, and, for offers of financial products, that a prospectus has been published.
To this end, Consob would remind you that there is a section on the homepage of its website www.consob.it entitled "Be aware of fraud!", providing useful information to warn investors against financially abusive initiatives.
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Consob has also suspended for 90 days the offer to the public resident in Italy of investments of a financial nature made by "AirBit Club", and through the websites https://airbitclub.com and www.bitbackoffice.com, pursuant to Article 99, paragraph 1 b), of the Consolidated Law on Finance (Resolution no. 21309 of 25 March 2020).
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Order, pursuant to art. 7-octies, letter b) of Italian Legislative Decree no. 58 of February 24, 1998 (Consolidated Law on Finance) to cease infringement of art. 18 of the TUF, put in place by:
- < Dubai > < FXM > < Ltd > through the websites www.dubaifxm.co and URL dubaifxm.co (Resolution no. 21310 of 25 March 2020);
- "DAX1001" through the website dax1001.com (Resolution no. 21311 of 25 March 2020);
- GlobalPegasus < Ltd > through the website www.fx4lux.com (Resolution no. 21312 of 25 March 2020);
(Published in "Consob Informa" no. 12/2020 - 30 March 2020)