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Seeking Victims in Banc de Binary Investor Fraud Scheme

Seeking Victims in Banc de Binary Investor Fraud Scheme

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is sending you this questionnaire because you may have been the target of a fraud involving the impersonation of United States government employees in connection with your investment with Banc de Binary.

In March 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced an $11 million settlement of two civil actions brought against Banc de Binary, a company based in Cyprus that illegally sold binary options to U.S. investors.

The same day, the SEC issued an investor alert warning that government impersonators have been targeting Banc de Binary investors with a new fraud. The impersonators often claim that—for a fee—they will provide legal services or help investors recover their investment-related losses. Sometimes, the impersonators try to trick investors into thinking the fee is necessary to avoid having to appear in court.

If you have received any previous communications about your investments with Banc de Binary from someone claiming to be from a government agency, please fill out the questionnaire below. Based on the answers you provide, the FBI or the SEC may wish to contact you to find out more about what happened.

If you have any questions, e-mail the FBI at SECfraud_victimassist@ic.fbi.gov or call 1 (844) 340-4009. Given the large number of potential victims in this case, it may not be feasible to respond quickly, but every effort will be made to do so as soon as possible.


1. Before today, has anyone from the United States government, especially the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), ever contacted you about your Banc de Binary investment?  


5. Did the person who contacted you ever ask for money?


7. Did you send money?


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