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
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2) check for 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 the actions against this tricksters.

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

3) check overseas lists

Abroad companies can be regulated by the securities commission in their own country. You can check who regulates 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 website 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 investments services in the country that has issued the alert.

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 Services Board

FSB

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

Scammers may try to win your trust by saying they are regulated by an organisation that sounds legitimate. If they mention a 'fake regulator' featured on our list below, you know the offer is a scam.

The international organisations listed below are fake entities and no genuine government regulators exist under these names. Do not deal with them.

  1. Alliance Financial Regulatory Board
  2. American Futures and Options Exchange
  3. American Futures and Options Trading Commission (AFOTC)
  4. Beacon Commodities and Futures Exchange (BCFX)
  5. Beacon Hill Regulatory Trade Commission, The
  6. Belgium Commodities and Futures Exchange - www.bcfex.com (no longer works)
  7. Board of Securities Trading Commission
  8. Boston Mergers and Acquisitions Board
  9. Bureau of Financial Services Board
  10. Bureau of Financial Trading
  11. Bureau of Foreign Security Affairs
  12. Commission on Financial and Securities Compliance
  13. Committee of Regulation and Liquidation on Private Ventures
  14. Commodities Futures Trading Commission - www.cftc.org.au (Please note that this fake regulator should not be confused with the legitimate US regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission which is http://www.cftc.gov/)
  15. Commonwealth Regulatory Board
  16. Department of Financial Trading
  17. Department of Foreign Investment Control
  18. Department of International Financial Trading
  19. Department of Securities Trading
  20. Duetsche Anstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (DAFIN) - www.dafin.org
  21. East West Financial and Securities Compliance
  22. Equities Trading Commission
  23. European Futures Options Commission
  24. Federal Assurance Regulatory Commission
  25. Federal Mergers and Securities Board
  26. Financial Assurance Regulatory Board
  27. Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Belgium
  28. Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Frankfurt (FSRAF) - www.fsraf.org
  29. Foreign Shareholders Protection Department
  30. Forensic Financial Fraud Investigators
  31. Frankfurt Financial Supervisory Authority - www.ffsauthority.com
  32. Futures Trading Standards Commission
  33. Global Metal and Commodities Exchange
  34. Global Regulatory Authority
  35. Hong Kong Financial Services Authority
  36. Hong Kong Financial Trading Authority (HKFTA)
  37. Hong Kong Futures and Options Exchange (HKFOX)
  38. Integrated Financial Regulatory Board
  39. Inter-global Financial Regulatory Board
  40. International Association of Transfer Agents
  41. International Compliance Commission
  42. International Equity Commission
  43. International Exchange Regulatory Commission
  44. International Offshore Financial Markets Regulators (IOFMR) - http://iofmr.com
  45. International Organization of Securities Commission - www.iosc-us.com
  46. International Regulatory Commission
  47. International Securities Tax Commission
  48. International Shareholder Agency
  49. Japan Futures Trading Fund (JFTB) - www.jftb.org/eng/
  50. Japan Options and Futures Trading Board - www.joftb.org
  51. National Compliance Regulatory Board
  52. National Mergers and Acquisitions Board
  53. National Shareholder Protection Agency
  54. Office of Financial Affairs
  55. Offshore Commodity Futures Dealers Association (OCFDA)
  56. Offshore Futures Securities Association
  57. Offshore Investors Protection Association
  58. Options and Futures Trade Commission
  59. Overseas Holding Compensation Commission
  60. Plutus Private Equity LLC
  61. Prudential Regulatory Board
  62. Regional Regulatory Board
  63. Regulatory Association Of Offshore Investment Managers
  64. Regulatory Compliance Commission
  65. Securities Regulatory Commission
  66. Securities Regulatory and Investment Board
  67. Sicfex Swiss International Commodities Futures Exchange
  68. Swiss Commodities Futures Exchange
  69. Thompson Brennan Stanley
  70. Transfer Exchange Corporation
  71. The Futures Exchange Securities Regulator
  72. The International Board of Trade Commission
  73. The International Regulatory Panel of Trade
  74. United Kingdom Commodity Derivatives Association
  75. United Kingdom Managed Futures Association
  76. United States Trading Commission - no address or website
  77. US Securities Investigative Committee
  78. US Stock Regulators
  79. World Options Exchange - www.woptex.com
  80. World Trade Commodities Exchange
  81. Worldwide Securities Investment Comission - www.asic-capital.com
  82. Private Investor Protection for Securities and Exchange Independent Registration for Financial Service Companies
    PIPSEC (www.pipsec.org)
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