BdP warns of two unlicensed lending entities

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The Bank of Portugal (BoP) today warned that “Maria Braga – Financiamento” and the alleged entity acting on the https://www.schelhammercapitalag.com/ portal are not qualified to grant credit or any other financial or advisory activity.

In two notes published on its website, the BdP warns that “the alleged entity that acted through the website https://www.schelhammercapitalag.com/, and the email address in**@sc******************.com” and that the entity acting through the Facebook social network profile accessible at https://www.facebook.com/mariabraga.financia” are not covered by the central bank.

The supervisory authority stated that none of these institutions “is currently, or has ever been, qualified to carry out in Portugal a financial activity reserved for institutions subject to the supervision of the Bank of Portugal, namely the granting, intermediation and advice on credit matters”.

In the case of the alleged entity operating on the https://www.schelhammercapitalag.com/ portal, the central bank also “draws attention to the fact that it should not be confused with any other similar denomination”.

The Central Bank points out that the activities of granting credit and intermediation and advice on credit agreements “are reserved for entities authorized to carry out these activities”.

The banking supervisor reiterated that the granting of credit is reserved for entities authorized to do so, noting that the list of entities authorized to grant credit, act as credit intermediaries and provide advisory services, can be consulted on the BdP website.

The Bank of Portugal also said it had become aware of fraudulent schemes to misuse the names of authorized entities.

“In case of doubt, the Banco de Portugal can be contacted by e-mail at in**@bp*******.pt”, the supervisory authority concluded.

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