A company called Consultants Europe is cold calling people, claiming that they can sell near-worthless carbon credits for more than £5.75. Of course, there’s an advance fee to be paid of 45p per credit.
Consultants Europe is a scam. Here’s the evidence:
- Consultants Europe cold calls people. No legitimate company would cold call you with financial advice.
- They are asking for money in advance.
- The company’s website consists of only four pages and reveals practically nothing about the company. No names of the people who own the company and stock photos, instead of the actual people that work there.
- On its website, the company claims that it was established in 2008. Indeed, the website was registered in 2008, by someone called Peter Delamere, who gave an address in Andalucia. However, when we look at the history of the website on archive.org, since 2008 there’s only one record, dated 29 May 2013 (and that is a message saying “403 Forbidden”). So whatever the company has been doing in the past, it didn’t involve much on its website.
- On its website, Consultants Europe states that,
Consultants Europe are a specialist practice, primarily, providing clear exit strategies for Carbon Offset holders, to our growing portfolio of commercial and institutional clients.
The scam of selling carbon credits as investments has emerged since about 2011. And the carbon credits recovery room scam that Consultants Europe is running is even newer. There is no explanation on the company website of what Consultants Europe did before it started running a carbon credits recovery room.
- The company website does not say in which country Consultants Europe is registered. The address given is 5 Rue Lacuée, 75012 Paris, just round the corner from the Place de la Bastille. That’s a photograph of the office from google maps on the right. Not exactly impressive, is it?
- On its website, Consultants Europe claims to have a “multilingual team of experienced consultants”. Yet, despite the office address in Paris, and the Spanish website registration address, and the company’s “extensive network of Business contacts throughout Europe”, the entire website is in English.
In addition to its phone number in France, the company has a 0203 UK number. REDD-Monitor’s advice if this company calls you is to put down the phone. Then contact Action Fraud: