The monetary regulatory company in Belgium, the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA), has at the moment revealed an announcement, warning residents of the nation to be cautious of scams hiding as on-line buying and selling platforms.
Specifically, the regulator has flagged plenty of new entities that are unlawfully providing binary choices, overseas trade (foreign exchange) merchandise and/or contracts for distinction (CFD) on the Belgian market. According to the warning, residents who invested within the following platforms by no means regained their cash, so they’re more than likely a rip-off.
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- 365 Markets (Trustnet Ltd) (www.365markets.com)
- CFDS100.com (Trsystem Limited) (www.cfds100.com)
- FXG Trade (Capital FXG Ltd / Nordic Pearl Ltd) (www.fxgtrade.com)
- HybridReserve (Singlebell LTD / SingleBell OU) (www.hybridreserve.com)
- PBN Capital (Capital Tech Ltd / Pbox Ltd) (www.pbncapital.com)
According to the FSMA: “Any firm wishing to supply funding merchandise should maintain an authorization. Furthermore, since 18 August 2016, no funding agency (licensed or not) is permitted to distribute actively, throughout the territory of Belgium, binary choices, sure foreign exchange merchandise or CFDs. The firms which are the topic of this warning don’t adjust to the aforementioned guidelines.”
FSMA Urgers Consumers to do their Due Diligence
The Belgian regulator reminds buyers that funding scams could be generally discovered within the binary choices, foreign exchange and CFD sector. Cryptocurrency scams are additionally turning into more and more fashionable, buoyed by a scarcity of harmonised regulation within the area.
One of the simplest methods to inform if a agency is respectable or not is to test along with your native regulator to see if they’re registered and authorised to supply their providers within the nation you reside in. For the FSMA, you possibly can search right here.
However, looking alone isn’t sufficient, as there are additionally many clone companies which copy the identify, tackle, registration particulars and extra so as to seem respectable. To this finish, the Belgian watchdog additionally advises shoppers to test for warnings in opposition to the corporate, test that it’s particulars are right and be cautious of unsolicited contact.