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HOW TO CHECK THE COMPANY BEFORE INVESTING?

1) CALL RECEIVED?

If you have received a call or email from someone you don't know offering you a significant investment, business, trading opportunity, be very cautious. The caller may be a scammer attempting to take your money. Frauds arise from companies operating overseas. People lose millions of dollars every year to scams, and you do not want to be the next scapegoat.

Protect yourself by checking this list of companies and individuals that are not licensed by CFTC, FCA, ASIC, and other regulatory bodies. If the company that called you is not on the regulated companies list, do not deal with them.

2) CHECK FOR COMPANY LICENSE

If you have been contacted by an investment company or have received a business offer, then check for the company before investing.

If the company or person is not licensed, this means they are unregulated, we highly recommend you not to deal with them and report them accordingly. Informing about them allows regulatory bodies to warn others and take legal actions against these tricksters.

Remember that most overseas businesses are selling foreign investments to you usually require a license; there are a few exceptions.

3) CHECK OVERSEAS LIST

Abroad companies can be regulated by the securities commission in their own country. You can check who controls them outside your country by going to the IOSCO (International Organization of Securities Commissions) website. Then you can contact the appropriate overseas regulator or search its site to ensure that a company of that name is registered or licensed by them.

You can also check IOSCO's investor alerts where you can search for overseas companies that are not authorized to provide investment services in the country that has issued the warning.

LIST OF FINANCIAL REGULATORY AUTHORITIES BY COUNTRY

LIST OF REAL FINANCIAL REGULATORY ORGANIZATIONS

COUNTRY AUTHORITY ABBR
Argentina The Stock Market National Committee CNV
Australia Australian Securities and Investments Commission ASIC
Australia APRA - Australian Prudential Regulation Authority APRA
Australia AUSTRAC - Australian Transaction Report and Analysis Centre AUSTRAC
Austria Financial Market Authority FMA
Bahamas SCB - securities Commission of The Bahamas SCB
Bahamas Securities Commission of The Bahamas SCB (BS)
Bahrain Central Bank of Bahrain CBB
Belgium Financial Services and Markets Authority FSMA
Belize International Financial Services Commission IFSC
Botswana (NBFIRA) Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority NBFIRA
Brazil Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil CVM
British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission FSC
Bulgaria Bulgarian National Bank BNB
Canada Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada IIROC
Canada CIPF (Canadian Investor Protection Fund) CIPF
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Monetary Authority CIMA
China China Securities Regulatory Commission CSRC
China Financial Supervisory Commission FSCEY
Croatia Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency HANFA
Cyprus Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission CySEC
Czech Republic Czech National Bank CNB
Denmark Financial Supervision Authority DFSA
Egypt Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority EFSA
Estonia Financial Supervision Authority FSAEE
Estonia Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications MKM
Finland Financial Supervision Authority FINFSA
France Financial Markets Authority AMF
France Credit Institutions and Investment Firms Committee CECEI
France The Financial Firms Register REGAFI
France The Prudential Control and Resolution Authority ACPR
Georgia National Bank of Georgia NBG
Germany Federal Financial Supervisory Authority BaFin
Gibraltar Financial Services Commission FSC
Greece Capital Markets Commission CMC
Hong Kong The Securities and Futures Commission SFC
Hong Kong The Financial Commission FinCom
Hungary Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority HFSA
Hungary Central Bank of Hungary CBH
India Securities and Exchange Board of India SEBI
India Central Depository Services Limited CDSL
India National Securities Depository NSDL
Indonesia Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency CoFTRA
Ireland Central Bank of Ireland CBI
Israel Israel Securities Authority ISA
Italy National Commission for Companies and the Stock Exchange CONSOB
Jamaica Financial Services Commission FSC
Japan Japan Securities Dealers Association JSDA
Japan Financial Services Agency FSA
Jordan Jordan Securities Commission JSC
Kenya Kenya Capital Markets Authority CMA
Kuwait Kuwait Chamber of Commerce Industry KCCI
Latvia Financial and Capital Market Commission FCMC
Lebanon Central bank of Lebanon BDL
Lebanon The Arab Federation of Exchanges AFE
Lithuania Lithuanian Securities Commission LSC
Luxembourg Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier CSSF
Malta Malta Financial Services Authority MFSA
Mauritius Financial Services Commission FSC
Mexico Comision Nacional Bancaria y de Valores CNBV
Morocco Moroccan Financial markets Authority CDVM
Netherlands Financial Markets Authority AFM
New Zealand Financial Service Providers Register FSPR
New Zealand NZX NZX
New Zealand Financial Dispute Resolution Service FDRS
Norway The Financial Supervisory Authority Of Norway NFSA
Pakistan Pakistan Securities and Exchange Commission SEC
Panama Superintendence of Securities SMV
Philippines Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission SEC
Poland Polish Financial Supervision Authority PFSA
Portugal Portuguese Securities Market Commission CMVM
Qatar Qatar Central Bank QCB
Romania Romanian National Securities Commission CNVMR
Russia Federal Commission of Securities Market FCSM
Russia Centre for Regulation in OTC Financial Instruments and Technologies CRFIN
Russia Naufor - Russian national Association Of Securities Market Participants Naufor
Russia Financial Market Relations Regulation Center CROFR
Russia Central Bank of the Russian Federation CBR
Russia Association of Russian Banks ARB
Russia Association of Regional Banks of Russia ASROS
Russia Center for Regulatory Relations in The Financial Markets CROFR (ЦРОФР)
Russia Financial Market Relations Regulation Center FMRRC
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Financial Services Authority FSA
Saudi Arabia Capital Market Authority CMA
Singapore Monetary Authority of Singapore MAS
South Africa Financial Sector Conduct Authority FSCA
Spain Spanish Securities Market Commission CNMV
Sri Lanka Central Bank of Sri Lanka CBSL
Sri Lanka Securities And Exchange commission of Sri Lanka SEC
Sweden Financial Supervisory Authority FSA
Switzerland Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA
Thailand The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company SCB
Thailand Bank Of Thailand BOT
Turkey Capital Markets Board of Turkey CMB [SPK]
Ukraine National Securities and Stock Market Commission NSSMC
Ukraine Ukrainian Centre for OTC Financial Instruments and Technologies Development UCRFIN
United Arab Emirates Dubai Financial Services Authority DFSA
United Arab Emirates Central Bank of the U.A.E U.A.E
United Arab Emirates Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority SCA
United Kingdom The Financial Conduct Authority FCA
United States U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC
United States Financial Industry Regulatory Authority FINRA
United States National Futures Association NFA
United States Securities and Exchange Commission SEC
United States Securities Investor Protection Corporation SIPC
United States Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation FDIC
United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act FATCA
Vanuatu Vanuatu Financial Services Commission VFSC

LIST OF FAKE FINANCIAL REGULATORY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Alliance Financial Regulatory Board
  • American Futures and Options Exchange
  • American Futures and Options Trading Commission (AFOTC)
  • Beacon Commodities and Futures Exchange (BCFX)
  • Beacon Hill Regulatory Trade Commission, The
  • Belgium Commodities and Futures Exchange (no longer works)
  • Board of Securities Trading Commission
  • Boston Mergers and Acquisitions Board
  • Bureau of Financial Services Board
  • Bureau of Financial Trading
  • Bureau of Foreign Security Affairs
  • Commission on Financial and Securities Compliance
  • Committee of Regulation and Liquidation on Private Ventures
  • Commodities Futures Trading Commission (Please note that this fake regulator should not be confused with the legitimate US regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission)
  • Commonwealth Regulatory Board
  • Department of Financial Trading
  • Department of Foreign Investment Control
  • Department of International Financial Trading
  • Department of Securities Trading
  • Duetsche Anstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (DAFIN)
  • East West Financial and Securities Compliance
  • Equities Trading Commission
  • European Futures Options Commission
  • Federal Assurance Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Mergers and Securities Board
  • Financial Assurance Regulatory Board
  • Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Belgium
  • Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Frankfurt (FSRAF)
  • Foreign Shareholders Protection Department
  • Forensic Financial Fraud Investigators
  • Frankfurt Financial Supervisory Authority
  • Futures Trading Standards Commission
  • Global Metal and Commodities Exchange
  • Global Regulatory Authority
  • Hong Kong Financial Services Authority
  • Hong Kong Financial Trading Authority (HKFTA)
  • Hong Kong Futures and Options Exchange (HKFOX)
  • Integrated Financial Regulatory Board
  • Inter-global Financial Regulatory Board
  • International Association of Transfer Agents
  • International Compliance Commission
  • International Equity Commission
  • International Exchange Regulatory Commission
  • International Offshore Financial Markets Regulators (IOFMR)
  • International Organization of Securities Commission
  • International Regulatory Commission
  • International Securities Tax Commission
  • International Shareholder Agency
  • Japan Futures Trading Fund (JFTB)
  • Japan Options and Futures Trading Board
  • National Compliance Regulatory Board
  • National Mergers and Acquisitions Board
  • National Shareholder Protection Agency
  • Office of Financial Affairs
  • Offshore Commodity Futures Dealers Association (OCFDA)
  • Offshore Futures Securities Association
  • Offshore Investors Protection Association
  • Options and Futures Trade Commission
  • Overseas Holding Compensation Commission
  • Plutus Private Equity LLC
  • Prudential Regulatory Board
  • Regional Regulatory Board
  • Regulatory Association Of Offshore Investment Managers
  • Regulatory Compliance Commission
  • Securities Regulatory Commission
  • Securities Regulatory and Investment Board
  • Sicfex Swiss International Commodities Futures Exchange
  • Swiss Commodities Futures Exchange
  • Thompson Brennan Stanley
  • Transfer Exchange Corporation
  • The Futures Exchange Securities Regulator
  • The International Board of Trade Commission
  • The International Regulatory Panel of Trade
  • United Kingdom Commodity Derivatives Association
  • United Kingdom Managed Futures Association
  • United States Trading Commission - no address or website
  • US Securities Investigative Committee
  • US Stock Regulators
  • World Options Exchange
  • World Trade Commodities Exchange
  • Worldwide Securities Investment Comission