Funeral services: check yours is authorised before handing over money, says FSCA

FSCA media statement:  

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warns the public to act with caution when dealing with Be Strong Funeral Services (Be Strong Funerals). The FSCA suspects Be Strong Funerals of conducting unauthorised financial services business and breaching various financial sector laws.

The FSCA received a complaint against Be Strong Funerals for an unpaid funeral claim and that Be Strong Funerals conducts insurance business without an underwriter. The FSCA confirms that Be Strong Funerals is not authorised in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (FAIS Act), to render financial advisory and intermediary services.

Members of the public should always check that an entity or individual is registered with the FSCA to provide Financial Advisory & Intermediary Services and what category of advice it is that the entity is registered to provide. There are instances where persons are registered to provide basic advisory services for a low risk product and then offer services of a far more complex and risky nature. The FSCA again reminds consumers who wish to conduct financial services with an institution or person to check beforehand with the FSCA on either the toll free number (0800 110 443) or on the website as to whether or not such institution or person is authorised to render financial services.

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