If a person or company is offering you financial services or products, always check that they hold an authorization for that purpose.
In any event, it is advisable to check, using the search function, whether:
- The person or company contacting you holds an authorization to make you this offer.
- A warning has been published by the FSMA or by other supervisory authorities against the person or company contacting you.
If you cannot find the provider or if you still have doubts, contact us using this form so that the FSMA can conduct a check.
As well, feel free to notify us of any contact with a suspicious company that has not yet been the subject of a warning by the FSMA.
A person or company that cannot be clearly identified should never be trusted.
Even if you think you know the provider, check twice. Many fraudsters usurp the names of well known or authorized companies. These are called “cloned firms". Click here for more information about this type of fraud.
In any case, if you have been contacted without having taken any prior initiative yourself, if your contact person is particularly insistent, if you are promised very high returns, if you are promised a capital guarantee or “risk free” investments, or if you are asked to pay money into bank accounts abroad (and/or in countries other than the one where the company is supposedly registered), this could be an additional indication of fraud. For more information, please see our web pages How to recognize and avoid fraud en Have I been the victim of fraud?
Don’t be duped! Consult the FSMA website for more information regarding the most frequent forms of investment fraud.