Italy’s Consob orders blocking of access to 16 unauthorized investment websites

Maria Nikolova

The latest orders take the number of websites that are blocked under the so-called “Growth Decree” to 239.

Italy’s Companies and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) continues to make use of the powers granted to it under the so-called “Growth Decree”. Today, the Italian regulator announces that it has issued orders for the blocking of access to 16 websites that illegally offer financial services to Italian investors.

The websites targeted by the latest set of orders are:

  • Equalizer Ltd (websites www.capitalgmafx.com, https://secure.capitalgmafx.com, https://trade.capitalgmafx.com, www.marketscfds.com, https://secure.marketscfds.com, https://trading.marketscfds.com, https://ztrade24.com, https://secure.ztrade24.com, https://trade.ztrade24.com);
  • Sucaba Enterprise Ltd (website www.skycapital.cc);
  • Lead Secure LTD (website www.fxdirects.com);
  • RL Ltd (website www.royaltd24.net);
  • Platiniumfund Ltd (website www.platiniumfund.com);
  • “Findealadvisers” (website www.findealadvisers.com);
  • FSM SMART Ltd (website it.fsmsmart.net);
  • “RMT500” (website www.rmt500.net) .

This takes the number of websites blocked by the Italian regulator since July 2019 to 239. In ordering Internet service providers (ISPs) to “black out” the websites, the authority refers to the “Growth Decree”. This piece of legislation allows the blocking of access to an illicit financial services website from Italian territory. It usually takes several days to implement the blocking.

Before the “Growth Decree” was implemented, Consob typically counted on warnings in order to protect investors from getting involved with fraudulent investment schemes.

Consob usually updates on the blocking of illegal online trading websites each week. Last week, the regulator ordered the blocking of five websites. These websites are usually operated by entities that offer FX, CFD, and crypto-asset trading services.

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