Clients of the investment company QBF lost a total of 3.5 billion rubles and suffered damage totaling several billion rubles, it became known to “Lente.ru” from the victims Roman and Alena (the heroes asked not to mention their names).
According to the victims, they became clients of QBF at the end of last year, having concluded an agreement and an additional general agreement, the effect of which extended to all structures of the holding, mainly to the investment company QBF and its sister company Q Broker. According to its terms, participation in the IPO went through the purchase of calculated futures-style options on shares of companies listed on American stock exchanges. Settlements on them were made at the time the option was sold or a year after its purchase, and the minimum participation threshold was 350 thousand rubles.
In the spring of 2021, clients learned about the criminal cases being investigated against the leaders and owners of QBF for episodes of fraud dating back to 2016. At the same time, the company's management assured them of the safety of their investments. However, many clients, including Roman and Alena, were unable to sell their options and withdraw funds from their accounts in QBF.
Appeals to the law enforcement agencies have not yielded results, since no funds have yet been initiated on the facts of the embezzlement of the deposited funds criminal case. The victims estimate the total losses at 3.5 billion rubles, and their number at about a thousand people. Currently, QBF has an interim administration appointed by the Central Bank. The regulator itself claims that it cannot influence the process of returning funds to victims, and emphasizes that they knew about the riskiness of investments through futures-style options.
Meanwhile, other QBF clients who have invested through more popular instruments also report losses , in particular, through brokerage and individual investment accounts (IIA). Among them is the famous ballerina Anastasia Volochkova, who, according to her own words, lost 1.7 million rubles.