News & Warnings

Broker Financial Ltd / Invest-Option

Warnings
09/08/2016

The Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) warns the public against the activities of Broker Financial Ltd, a company operating under the trading name Invest-Option and offering very risky investment instruments in Belgium without complying with Belgian financial legislation.

Broker Financial Ltd, operating under the trading name Invest-Option, is not an authorized investment firm or credit institution in Belgium. It is therefore not allowed to provide banking and/or investment services in or from Belgium.

Furthermore, certain investment instruments that this company offers, namely binary options, are speculative and particularly risky. Investors risk losing the entire amount invested. In April 2016, the FSMA issued a similar warning about the risks associated with investments in binary options.

Nor has Broker Financial Ltd (Invest-Option) published a prospectus approved by the FSMA, as is required for offering investment instruments to the public in Belgium.

The FSMA thus advises against responding to any offers of financial services or public offerings of investment instruments made by Broker Financial Ltd (Invest-Option) and against transferring money to any account number it might mention.

Broker Financial Ltd (Invest-Option) uses the website www.invest-option.com, the phone numbers +33 975 129 573, +44 203 769 0390 and +33 184 880 080 and the email addresses contact@invest-option.com, compliance@invest-option.com and alexandre.leroy@invest-option.com (contact person: a certain Alexandre Leroy).

Investors are asked to transfer the invested sums to two Polish bank accounts that have purportedly been opened in the name of the Dibalo SP Z.O.O. and the SCH Investments companies.

Broker Financial Ltd (Invest-Option) is presumed to be linked to Arian Financial and NG-Bank, both of which offer binary options, a type of product against which the FSMA issued a warning to the public on 10 September 2015 and 18 April 2016.

The FSMA recommends due vigilance with regard to similar companies that offer binary options or other risky investment instruments. Always verify that any company which is offering you financial services has the requisite authorization. For more recommendations, we advise you to see the general warning that the FSMA published on its website on 18 April 2016.

If you wish to check in general whether a proposed transaction complies with the financial legislation, please use the search function (available in Dutch and French only) on the website of the FSMA. You can also contact the FSMA (email address: info@fsma.be).