News & Warnings

Cryptocurrency fraud: the FSMA warns against xtb-markets

Warnings
21/08/2019

In recent months, the FSMA has continued to receive new complaints from consumers who had responded to offers of investment in cryptocurrencies. Hence, the FSMA repeats its warning against the fraudsters behind those platforms who are using cryptocurrencies to swindle consumers. The FSMA has also updated its list of cryptocurrency trading platforms regarding which it has identified signs of fraud. This list now includes a total of 121 websites.

The principle remains the same: they offer you an investment they claim is secure, easy and very lucrative. They try to inspire confidence by assuring you that you don’t need to be an expert in cryptocurrencies in order to invest in them. They claim to have specialists who will manage your investments for you. You are told that your funds can be withdrawn at any time or that they are guaranteed. In the end, the result is always the same: the victims find themselves unable to recover their money!

The latest website identified by the FSMA is www.xtb-markets.com. The FSMA has added it to its list of suspicious cryptocurrency trading platforms. The FSMA strongly advises against responding to any offer made by this website.

Important notice: this list of cryptocurrency trading platforms is based solely on the findings of the FSMA, in particular as a result of consumers’ reports. As such, it does not include all the companies which might be operating unlawfully in Belgium in that sector. Should you have any doubts, please do not hesitate to contact the FSMA directly via the consumer contact form on its website.

For more information about this type of fraud, the FSMA invites potential investors to consult its warnings of 22 February 2018 and 26 October 2018.