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I got a couple of phone calls from various people "working" for Baron Moore Associates. They tried to sell me legitimate stocks they had purportedly bought in bulk at a discounted rate. There were a number of obvious red flags:
1. The callers used an anonymous number and would not provide me with their real number because they were "busy" or on "the trading floor."
2. The domain www.baron-moore.com was registered by proxy. Which serious financial services business would do that?
3. The domain was registered last year but the business supposedly exists for many years.
4. I received instructions to transfer money for my shares to a company called Hamtron Limited. When I asked why I should transfer the money to them and not to Baron Moore, I was told that this was "a clearing house." That's not the way any legitimate financial services provider would work. 5. I asked for a registration number with the relevant financial authorities because I could not find a record for Baron Moore being registered as a broker anywhere. I was told that Baron Moore was registered as a broker on the Hang Seng and NASDAQ. However, a quick online search revealed this to be a blatant lie.
6. When confronted with this lie, my "broker" told me that the registration number was "confidential."
7. The persons I talked to used English, Chinese and Spanish names but from their accent, I could tell that they were not native speakers of those language but were impersonating themselves as such.
8. The company has issued a couple of fake press releases but if you go on their website you will quickly realize that it does not feel real. For example, the photos of the people in the testimonials section look like they were bought on IStockPhoto or Shutterstock.
It is obvious that this is a scam. Whoever transfers money to Hamtron Limited will never see it again.
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