- Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) is aware of websites displaying or linking to fake ASIC company registration certificates
- These certificates are fake because they look like ASIC documents, or use ASIC’s logo, but they contain information about companies that are not registered
- Recent examples of fake ASIC company registration documents include documents about Global Capital Swiss Corp, COIN POBIT and A Glance Group LLC
Consumers can check whether a company is registered for free on the ASIC website. However, registration does not guarantee the quality of a company and does not represent ASIC endorsement.
A website that displays an ASIC company registration certificate as a way of promoting a business could be a scam.
If a company claims it is registered, but there is no record of registration on ASIC’s website, it could be a scam.
Think you have been scammed?
If you think you or someone you know has been scammed, lodge a report of misconduct with ASIC and report the matter to police. You can also make a report to the Australian Cyber Security Centre at ReportCyber. Your report may disrupt the scammers and hopefully will warn others to avoid it.
- If you need someone to talk to, contact: Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hours) or their crisis support online chat (7pm – 12am) or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 (24 hours) or their web chat (1pm – 12am)
- If you are experiencing problems with debt contact the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm) or chat online
Examples of fake company registration documents
This document looks like an ASIC document, but it contains details of a company that is not registered.
This document looks like an ASIC document, but it contains details of an entity that is not registered.
ASIC does not produce documents that look like this.
Source: © Australian Securities & Investments Commission. Reproduced with permission.