AuthorBy Jeffrey Cammack
Updated: September 8, 2022

How do I avoid being scammed?

Forex-related scams are unfortunately common, and we frequently receive emails from traders who have been unable to withdraw money from their accounts or face other forms of resistance from brokers whose sole purpose is to have clients deposit and then refuse to refund the money.

There are some steps you can take to protect yourself.

  1. Never give money to someone to trade on your behalf. It is illegal in India for anyone to invest on your behalf without a licence from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). 
  2. Never send money to people you meet on social media. In our research, we have found that over 50% of Forex scams start on Facebook and Instagram.
  3. Never trust any broker or person offering guaranteed returns. Forex trading is high-risk speculation, and profits are never guaranteed.
  4. Always check whether a broker is regulated. SEBI does not regulate international Forex brokers, so we recommend using brokers based in the UK, Europe or Australia. Regulated brokers from these countries are required to publish their licence numbers on their websites. See below for Axi’s FCA (UK) reference number across the bottom of their website:

    Axi regulation

  5. Once you know a broker’s licence number, check with the regulator to see if the broker’s licence number is legitimate. The FCA in the UK keeps a register of all licenced brokers. See below for Axi’s entry in the FCA database:

    Axi FCA Regulation

  6. If your broker is not based in the UK, other major regulators such as ASIC (Australia) and CySEC (Europe) have searchable registers.

I think I have been scammed, what should I do now?

If you believe you are a victim of a scam broker, the first step you should take is to contact your local regulator and make a complaint. In India, SEBI has set up a system called the Sebi COmplaints REdress System (SCORES), you can contact SCORES here.

We also collect information on scam brokers and Forex traders in India. Please let us know your experience using the form below.

What we will do with your information:

  • We collect answers from lots of traders and where we see a trend, we will conduct research into the broker in question and publish those results. Your voice matters a lot here.
  • We reserve the right to use your story for informative purposes on this website and that we will anonymise all names.
What we will not do with your information:
  • Publish your personal details.  We may share your story, but will never attribute the comments to any one individual. Your privacy is respected.
  • Smear brokers where we can not find evidence of wrongdoing.
  • Represent individuals to help you recover your funds. We are not lawyers and don’t have the ability to do this.  We are just a public warning system.

 

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