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Update by user Jul 15, 2016

It would seem that they have managed to have the other review that was on this site taken down... I am still owed a large sum of money and I know at least ten other people who are as well...

If anyone has any information on these two please let us know. advice@dr.com.

Thank you all for your comments, please keep the information coming.

Original review posted by user May 05, 2016

Parmafey Int (www.parmafey.com) and Balquidder Advisors (www.balquidder.com) are one and the same company run by Alec Maclaren/Alex Mcgrory (www.bigfishcreditors.com) and Allan Canning.

They have a history of misleading investors and not paying there staff.

I as others are currently owed high sums of money by them, they seem to be winding up there current companies (maybe they have ripped off so many people they have burned these companies (websites below). As far as I can tell Alec Maclaren is living in Javea Spain and Allan Canning is in Glasgow. All the telephone numbers for the companies are no longer working but the websites are still up, the only number on the website that is working is the Bulgarian office number, how ever that seems to be a number to an ex-employee who said that he is very keen to talk with either Alec or Allan.

They have no license to give financial advise in Europe, Middle East or Asia. Be very careful if you have contact with either of them...




Telephone Numbers:

UAE Tel: +971 4454 9849

UK Admin +44 141 628 7928

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Reason of review: RIPPED OFF.

Monetary Loss: $125000.

Preferred solution: Full refund.

I didn't like: Being ripped off.

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Mclaren has put 3 kids through university in Edinburgh and payed for a flat in Edinburgh for them to live in if this is helpful I also have been ripped off by deta/parmafey/Balquhidder investing my saving with thrm

to anon #1553847

The story about alex or should I say alec owning a flat in Edinburgh for the use of his daughters has already been reported. When he lived in Milngavie he was living in a big house owned by a shareholder in gap and the man was warned about how alex was using false addresses to register scam companies.

Right on Q Alex stole the address of a young couple who lived half a mile away to register his pic international trading which dissolved. In doing this he put the owners at the false address at risk if unwelcome callers came looking for him.

Not that Alex would care about this or the fact that he stole the address of another respectable businessman to register a Director who had travelled from Cyprus to join another scam company that also dissolved. When the Director was paid his salary in cash he left and returned to Cyprus with his family.

to anonymous #1559579

When Alec MacLaren was known as Alex Mcgrory he registered as Directors without them knowing his Nephew and his office Manager in Alex's Big Fish Glasgow office in a shell Company called Great Prints owned by his Wife Mandy. Like all other companies with connections to Alex/Alec it liquidated and the only remaining Director was his office Manager who never knew he was a Director.

to anon #1556416

Are Deta, Parmafey and Balquidder simply investment brand names or are they companies who aren't registered at Companies House in the UK? It looks like Balquidder Advisers was a registered Company, but after the owner Allan Canning was declared bankrupt he was replaced as the Secretary/Director by Parmaserv.

It's illegal to operate a Company without a named person as a Director and Companies House were informed about this. More information is to follow.

to anon #1565630

Interesting post about Alex encouraging his kids, to go through university and when he was a kid his classmate thought he was as thick as mince, but in reality he is dyslexic and required support to obtain his HNC in Dairy farming at a College after an exposure in the News of the Worlds £14m sting. This is linked to a photograph at the top of this website.

Milking investors like Lawyers and successful businessmen was more attractive to Alex than milking cows and he returned to the Investment Business when he joined a company in Moscow who sent him to Kazakhstan to fish in big pools with major accountancy firms.

This didn't last long after a Managing Partner of an Accountants compared a photograph of Alex McGrory in an an Agricultural Colleges Rugby team with a photograph of Alec MacLaren in his passport. You couldn't make it up.

to Anonymous #1570442

Alex’s son Mikey has been reported to be back in Glasgow since early september. Maybe he’s living here and commuting to university in Edinburgh?

This could mean Alex may be planning a trip back down old memory lane.

I am extremely keen to get in contact with anyone willing to discuss a few details about the MacLaren family. Please contact me at privacyassured99@gmail.com

to Private #1571198

It would be unlikely that Alex/Alec has returned to Scotland to visit his Son Mikey or his business partner Allan Canning in Clynder or to watch his beloved Celtic because an investor who lost a lot of money in Big Fish has hired a Triad Company to recover his investment. Is it possible he still lives in Deina or Beniarbeig in Spain?

Is it possible that Joyce the owner of Renvida Estate Agents will know where he is because he office shared with her? Before he left Scotland he was under investigation for abusing the housing benefit system after a tax payer complained about how someone with three cars in their driveway including a Driving School car could qualify for housing benefit and live in a big house with a rent of £1,250 per month.

A representative for the Councils benefit department confirmed that they were under investigation for a second time, but soon after this the family left for Spain. It's likely the file will remain open and this would be another good reason for them to.remain offshore.

to Anonymous #1577338

I have information that may be useful to anyone trying to contact Alec, I am also keen to talk about the MacLaren family as I am aiding an investigation against them and information would be greatly appreciated. Contact me on privacyassured99@gmail.com


When Alec MacLaren was known as Alex McGrory his ice breaker story to prospective investors was his Grand Uncle Jimmy was the late and famous Jimmy McGrory who is a Celtic Football CLub Legend. Jimmy was a perfect Gentleman who would be horrifified about what his great nephew was doing. The McGrory family are good people and they do not deserve this kind of publicity.

to Anonymous #1497474

The McGrory family are good people just like the Canning family and they are all hard working achievers. Allan Canning ran the Glasgow office for Alex McGrory alias Alec MacLaren and allegedly promoting Balquidder Advisers and Parmaserv and Detafund.

Canning a regular at GLasgows Pipeworks was involved with the loss of an American mans inheritance and half of this was traced to a Barclays Bank account. We have to wonder why this wasn't followed up by the authorities, but then again a newspaper report intimated that one million pounds every day is lost in scams.

to Anonymous #1498071

No need to wonder about why the authorities didn't follow up on the poor American's lost inheritance, because they do not have the expertise or the financial and human resources to do this. Another reason is the newspaper report got it right and there is £1m lost every day in scams transacted over the Internet.

Wee Alex McGrory alias Alec MacLaren is very convincing when prospective investors make contact with him on Skype at the side of his nice big pool in Spain. Truth will hopefully come out after Brexit and he is forced to return to the UK.

to Anonymous #1538885

The American investor blamed Allan Canning more than Alec MacLaren for his loss and some of his investment could be traced to a Barclays Account but nothing was done by the Authorities. Canning at the time lived in a small village called Clynder near Helensburgh in Scotland and the American wonders if his loss is known in Clynder which has a tight knit Community and if anyone in the Village has lost money.

to Anonymous #1566380

Does anyone know if Alec MacLaren is still living in Deina in Spain ?

to Anonymous #1577335

I have information that may be useful to anyone trying to contact Alec, I am also keen to talk about the MacLaren family as I am aiding an investigation against them and information would be greatly appreciated. Contact me on privacyassured99@gmail.com


The same questions are asked of people whose life was turned upside down after their unfortunate involvement with Alex McGrory alias Alec MacLaren and Allan Canning and their businesses and these are: why have the Police not investigated these businesses thoroughly all the way to the Crown Office and why have some investors who lost a lot of money don't take the law into their own hands. It could be that most of the lost investments have primarily took place outside of the jurisdiction of the UK Authorities and the investors were hand picked as being respectable law abiding Citizens.

to Anonymous #1472455

Interesting about the investors who lost money and how they are law abiding but there is always the possibility that they will visit Deina in Spain or Clynder in Scotland sooner than later to confront MacLaren and Canning and it won't be for pleasant conversation. One investor reported that his loss just eats away at him because his hard earned investment was intended for his kids.

Another investor reported that his loss meant that his Wife had to take a job for the first time in their married life.

A retired investor who is a Lawyer had to return to work. The list goes on and on.


Access www.bigfishcreditors.com/documents and click on a News of the World report from an award winning journalist. After this Alex McGrory changed his name to Alec MacLaren and around about this time he lived as a mature Student at an Agricultural College and operated an SMS Signals scam.

Clients seldom received their sales appointments and his telephone sales staff seldom got paid. By the time the journalist had caught up with this operation he had left the College.

After this he worked in Moscow and he was transferred to Kazakhstan where an employee of an International Accountancy Firm checked his passport against his photograph in the Colleges Rugby Team website and his boss in Moscow sacked him. Almost impossible to remain anonymous!!

to Anonymous #1457966

The previous comment about remaining anonymous is correct and it was difficult for Alex McGrory alias Alec MacLaren to do this especially when as Alex McGrory he was the host of the website for the Scottish Agricultural College's Rugby Club. His enrolment in the College was after he was mentioned in a media report as the main person involved in the £14M loss by investors in Big Fish which liquidated in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.The local Council in Scotland was investigating why the family was claiming housing benefit, because there were three cars including a driving school business car in the driveway of the family's luxury rented house.

The Council's investigator confirmed their homeless housing benefit to a disgruntled creditor who had responded to their advert in a local newspaper for council constituents to report benefit fraud.McGrory and his Wife were registered in the Accountant in Bankruptcy's list of bankrupts, but they never signed the statutory obligation to comply with the conditions of bankrupts. The Council's Investigator acknowledged the creditor's complaint and said it was the second time this family were under investigation. They moved to Spain to escape inevitable prosecution according to the Council.McGrory/MacLaren was fired by his boss in Moscow and after this his Wife posted a comment to a kids Paint Ball Centre it went viral to confirm that they were living near Deina in Spain.During MacLaren's employment in Kazakhstan when he was working for a Moscow based IFA Company and before he was fired, he enrolled his Company in the American Chamber of Commerce to mix with reputable accountancy firms.

This enrolment also went viral to confirm where he was operating.Posts from investors who lost money complaining to the Action Groups have been sent from far apart as Iceland and Oman courtesy of the social media. The creditors complain about Alec MacLaren/Alex McGrory allegedly living near Deina in Spain and his business associate Allan Canning who allegedly is still living in Clynder near Helensburgh in Scotland.

to Anonymous #1459186

Alec MacLaren has made no real attempt to remain anonymous, because his Slide Share website according to his former School and College classmates confirms he is dyslexic. This will make working class investors who lost their life savings wonder how he could possibly convince successful Businessmen, Lawyers and Partners in International Accountancy Companies to invest with him.According to a Manager who worked for Alex McGrory at his Big Fish Office before he changed his name to Alec MacLaren said Aex's letters and E Mails were generic and nothing in print was original.Take time to read the two presentations on his Slideshare and you might have a laugh, but you definitely will agree.


Constituents of the Big Fish Action Group are contacting people all over the World who lost money investing with the companies named in the Parmafey pissedconsumer review with the hope they will join them in a mass complaint to the authorities.

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