I'm trying to understand the steps to follow to check if a financial firm/advisor is actually a scammer. For simplicity, lets stick to The UK.
I have found that there is something called Financial Services Register (FSR) which, apparently, can be used to check if a firm is authorized (by them), which in turn should mean that the firm in question is legal and not fraudulent. Is this Financial Services Register trustworthy?
To put a specific example, I try to verify that Vanguard UK is actually verified. If I search for "Vanguard" in the FSR register, I find a list with several companies called "Vanguard" (see FSR - Vanguard), so I'm not sure which one is the one I'm looking for.