The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) would like to warn consumers against dealing with unlicensed financial institutions that market investment in securities in the Kingdom of Bahrain through short message services (SMS), telephone calls and websites.

This warning comes as a result of a fraudulent unlicensed institution under the name of “United Investment Bank” which provides asset management, brokerage and investment banking services and claims to be located in the Kingdom of Bahrain. 

The CBB also wishes to emphasize that the above-mentioned entity is not licensed by the CBB and that the activity of promoting financial services to residents in the Kingdom of Bahrain falls within the scope of regulated financial services in accordance with the Central Bank of Bahrain and Financial Institutions Law of 2006. The CBB also stresses the need for consumers to ensure the utmost care and caution, and take into consideration the risks, when investing, dealing or trading any amounts in securities or foreign exchange with any person, persons, institutions, companies or websites, including social media, and ensuring that they hold the necessary licenses from the Central Bank of Bahrain to engage in such activities.

Consumers are encouraged to visit the register of licensed financial institutions on CBB’s website (www.cbb.gov.bh) in order to ensure the above