Getting Internationally ScamSmart
Fraudsters and scam artists aren't limited by geo-political borders, and smart investors should't limit their education to their own country's financial regulators. The Office of Consumer Outreach at the CFTC wants to ensure that you have access to as much information on smart investing as possible. Across the Atlantic, in the United Kingdom, the Financial Conduct Authority regulates a host of financial markets. Part of their mandate is to educate investors in the U.K. about avoiding scams and being smart investors. Recently, they launched FCA ScamSmart, a campaign designed to provide investors with information on how to avoid fraud and check the background of their financial professional in the U.K.
Much like CFTC SmartCheck, FCA ScamSmart provides you, the savvy investor, with the information you need to make the best possible investing decisions. Check out their campaign at FCA ScamSmart. While visiting their site won't provide the financial professional background check from U.S. regulators, doing so will give you a new perspective on fraud prevention, as well as connect you with resources from reputable foreign regulator.
Additionally, consumers and investors can view investor alerts at the International Organization of Securities Commissions' Investor Alerts Portal. The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is the international body that brings together the world's securities regulators and is recognized as the global standard setter for the securities sector. This portal from IOSCO provides investors with alerts about firms and is released by regulators who are members of IOSCO. Taking moment to familiarize yourself with this resource provides you with an additional tool to check the background of any firm you are working with before and while you are investing.
Take a few minutes of your day to learn about fraud prevention in other nations, and make your smart investing an internationally-resourced affair.
The information appearing on CFTC SmartCheck is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice to any individual or entity. We urge you to consult with your own legal advisor before taking any action based on information appearing on this site or any site to which it may be linked.
Reference in this site to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by CFTC SmartCheck.
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