By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Nigerians have been warned against investing in unregistered fund managers luring them with juicy returns for their investment in their companies.
This warning was made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which listed of these firms it said operate Ponzi schemes.
The agency said these unlawful/unlicensed investment operators promise their victims huge, but unjustifiable returns on investment, stressing that anyone who puts his/her money in them does so at his/her own risk.
SEC listed names of these “fraudulent schemes as Loom Nigeria Money, Box Value Trading Company Ltd, Now-Now Alert, Flip Cash Investment, Result Investment Nigeria Limited, Helping Hand and Investment and No Failure Development and Empowerment Nig. Ltd.”
It said others include “MBA Forex and Investment Ltd, Federate Investors Trading Company, Jamalife Helpers Global Ltd, Flexus Global Solutions and Investment Ltd, United Capital Investment Company Limited.”
“Members of the public are to note that by virtue of the provisions of Section 38(1) of the Investments and Securities Act (ISA) 2007, only persons registered with the commission can engage in capital market activities, thus making the actions of these entities listed above unlawful,” SEC said in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Mrs Efe Ebelo.
“Consequently, the general public is hereby advised to refrain from investing in any scheme of the entities listed above, and WARNS that any person who invests in an unlicensed/unlawful scheme does so at his own peril,” the statement added.
Recall that the acting Director-General of SEC, Ms Mary Uduk, had in a recent statement said such outfits were not registered to carry out fund management functions of any sort, stressing that those who stubbornly patronize them end up burning their fingers.
According to her, the capital market has been properly positioned to attract Nigerians and provide benefits to Nigerians who invest therein.
She added that SEC has sustained its investor education programme to assist people understand whatever issues they have around the capital market.
“But besides that, there are new products coming up every day in the Nigerian capital market. We have a lot of ethical funds, one of the safest areas to invest in is in Mutual Funds, Collective Investments Schemes and we encourage Nigerians to be part of these and others,” Ms Uduk said.
The Acting DG said the SEC is presently undertaking various initiatives to make the capital market more user-friendly such that people can participate in it with greater ease, comfort and convenience.
“There is the added and all-important purpose of ensuring that the gains of your participation, be these dividends, proceeds from share sales/transfers, etc. accrue to you seamlessly, without sweat and in the shortest time possible.
“The purpose is also to ensure that you do not fall victim to the antics of fraudsters who purport to be able to double any amount of money you make available to them as investment value.
“These fraudsters or promoters of Ponzi schemes are the false prophets of the investment environment. They are the ill wind that blows no good and at whose sight you must flee; they are to be avoided.
“This is one message you must keep spreading to family, friends, relations and acquaintances in order to save them from the agony of loss of their hard–earned money,” she added.
Ms Uduk, therefore, advised the general public to distance themselves from such schemes, adding, “Please note that anyone that subscribes to these illegal activities does so at their own risk.”
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