Investing in your future is important at any age. The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) works to keep your money safe by registering and examining brokerage firms, investment advisers, representatives, and agents and the securities they offer. DFI also takes complaints and investigates suspected wrongdoing by industries the department regulates.
Before investing, find out if the product and the person selling it are registered with DFI, and see if there have been any complaints or orders filed. Call the Securities Division at 502-573-3390 or 800-223-2579 or visit the online search services below:
In September 2019, DFI issued an Emergency Cease and Desist Order against TMTE Inc. (also known as Metals.com, Chase Metals Inc., Chase Metals LLC, Mark Benning, Matthew Joel, Sean Regan and Anthony Bowers) for violating state securities laws. In September 2020, DFI joined the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and 29 other states in filing a complaint in federal court against the company and its principals. In response, the court issued an Order that shut down the business and appointed a receiver to safeguard the company’s assets. The receiver set up a website to communicate with investors and sent a Notice to Investors on Oct. 7, 2020. If you think you have been the victim of this fraud, contact DFI’s Securities Division at 502-573-3390 or 800-223-2579.