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Italy’s Companies and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) has issued orders for the blocking of access to seven unauthorized investment websites.

The targeted websites are:

  • “Mib40fx” (website and related pages and;
  • Ai2Trade Ltd (website and related pages and;
  • “FCapital24” (website;
  • “FX-FLAT” (website and related page
  • Rounda Partners Limited (website;
  • “Free Trade CFD” (website and related page
  • “Realcapitallc” (website

The above-mentioned websites include six illegal financial intermediation websites and one website through which an offer of financial products is carried out in the absence of a prospectus.

In issuing the orders, the Authority availed itself of the powers deriving from the “Decreto crescita” (“Growth Decree”; Law no. 58 of 28 June 2019, Article no. 36, paragraph 2-terdecies), on the basis of which Consob can order Internet service providers to block access from Italy to websites offering financial services without the proper authorization.

The number of websites blacked out since July 2019, when Consob got the power to order that the websites of fraudulent financial intermediaries be blocked, has thus risen to 1042.

The black-out of these websites by Internet service providers is ongoing. For technical reasons, it can take several days for the blocking to be implemented.

Consob draws investors’ attention to the importance of adopting the greatest diligence in order to make informed investment choices, adopting common sense behaviors, 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 authorized, and, for offers of financial products, that a prospectus has been published.

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