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AJ Bell may take legal action over ‘fake’ Sippcentre

AJ Bell is considering taking legal action after a website was set up using the provider’s Sippcentre brand name.

The website, http://sippcentre.info, does not give a business name, address or contact details.

The home page says: “Frozen pension? Did you know you can release 30 per cent growth per year.”

It asks investors to fill out a form with their name, email address and phone number to get more information from “certified professionals”.

The website, which was set up in 2011, does not state what service it is providing. The domain name was created by a company called Fizzy IT Limited although it is unclear whether it runs the website or simply set it up on behalf of another firm.

Companies House documents filed on July 5 state that Fizzy IT is in dispute with the registrar over a strike- off decision.

Fizzy IT could not be contacted at the time of going to press.

AJ Bell marketing director Billy Mackay (pictured) says: “It appears that this website is attempting to use our goodwill and reputation for its benefit.

“We do not take any attempt to do this lightly and would consider any action to protect our interests, including legal action if necessary.”

F&TRC managing director Ian McKenna says: “If you have a brand that you are keen to protect, it can make sense to buy the domain names for every variation of that name.”

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  1. Christopher Lean 19th April 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Wow, 30% growth per year? Send me the forms!

    There seems to be a lot of cloning going on out there and I guess some people must be falling for it or they would not go to the trouble of setting up these sites.

    You only need to look at the FSA list of unauthorised companies,that have a number of clones on that list, to see the extent of the problem. Companies just leeching off the reputation and hard work of others.

  2. Matt Worthington 19th April 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Have to say I laughed when I saw the fake website. The real SIPP Centre would be daft not to take swift action over this.

  3. If your have a decent IT department these things rarely happen.

    You can by any permutation of a domain name, AJ Bell bought http://www.sipp-centre.co.uk but made the fatal error of not purchasing http://www.sippcentre.info

    Stop complaining and get on with your business, unless of course this was a way to get free advertising.

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