Forex Trading Scams

Forex Managed Accounts

Don’t have time to learn how to trade forex? Want to be part of the Billionaire’s Club?

If you answered “yes” to these two questions, the forex managed accounts scam is the fraud for you!

You can call our hotline at 1-800-4XFRAUDS!

This scam operates by having an investor “invest” with a “professional” trader, who trades the investor’s capital for a percentage of the profits.

This can sound appealing, especially to beginners who have no idea what they are doing or don’t have the time to learn.

They figure, “Well, he’s a ‘professional’ – he must know what he’s doing! It’s 100 times better than if I traded by myself!”

The problem with this is that the user is placing complete trust of his/her money into the hands of a complete stranger.

In a way, it’s like taking candy from a baby.

In many cases of managed accounts, the manager actually appropriates funds towards unrelated luxury items such as cars, islands, and castles.

When finally caught, the manager is not able to pay back the whole amount of stolen capital resulting in unhappy clients and multi-million dollar lawsuits.

Yes, we know it seems extreme but, more often than not, it happens and people can lose their entire investment.

Not ALL forex managed accounts are bad though. Some do have many years of trading experience and are well-qualified in trading real money, but that’s more the exception than the norm.

Some trading platforms even offer an option to let traders act as managers using the account structure of the broker.

This prevents an individual from taking funds to spend on New York Knicks tickets, trips to the Bahamas, or a Porsche Cayenne.

While this is a safer option compared to letting an independent manager trade your money, you still lose out on the priceless knowledge and experience gained through studying forex trading.

If there is one thing we want to stress to traders, it is education. There is simply no replacement for experience gained through personal studying and trading.

In the end, the only surefire way to be profitable in the forex market is to be knowledgeable, practice, and stay disciplined.

We’ll leave you with just one question.

Would you trust your hard-earned money with a complete stranger?

If you’re still itching to try out forex managed accounts, make sure you do your homework and find a CREDIBLE manager.

Forex Scams

“Buy my ‘End of the Rainbow’ system and you’ll be able to make at least 100,000,000%!!!”

It’s like finding the end of a real rainbow but easier!! Guaranteed profit worth a hundred pots of gold with absolutely no risk!

Don’t be a sucker!

You’ve probably heard or seen something similar on TV ads, online pop-ups, or even from your next-door neighbor.

I know what you’re thinking… This is too good to be true! I mean I do believe in leprechauns and I do feel lucky when I eat my Lucky Charms cereal but I don’t know about this system.

Nine and a half times out of ten….

IT’S A SCAM!!!

One of the first things you must learn about the forex market is that although it is enjoyable and exciting, there is no magic button that will instantly turn your pennies into millions of dollars.

You may have already heard about forex scams that are littering the forex world.

They’re everywhere! Dishonest people are constantly trying to swindle people like every single day.

With the relatively new availability of the forex market, people aren’t as familiar with currencies are as they are with stocks and bonds.

This makes it easier for conniving companies and scheming individuals to mislead people into thinking that making money trading forex is as easy as clicking a button with their “End of the Rainbow” system.

There is good news and bad news. Bad news first.

Scams DO exist. They are real and they sucker people who think they can’t be misled. If caught in a scam, you can and may lose all the money that you “invested.”

However, there is very good news!

Through this lesson, we will teach you about the different types of scams out there, how to prepare yourself, and what you can do in case you encounter a scam.

We will also describe the regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction in scam cases.

Remember, not all forex companies are bad. Just do your research and you’ll be fine.

Forex Robots

These scams encompass Expert Advisors (also famously known as EAs) and other automated trading systems.

What is a forex robot?

In the forex world, a “robot” is a program that strictly uses technical signals to enter in trades and lets the human sleep in a hammock on a beach while he “makes” money.

With a push of a button, the forex robot runs continuously, making trades signaled by mathematical algorithms applied to past price history. In order words, they run automated mechanical systems, whether or not the user is in front of the computer or not.

The problem is that forex robots and their pre-wired thinking do not compensate for ever-changing market conditions.

Market behavior is dynamic, constantly moving in an infinite variation of three movements: up, down, or sideways.

Most robots are not programmed for all environments, or to recognize a change in the trading environment. As a result, losses occur and they can be huge if not closely watched or managed.

Now, the scam isn’t the forex robot itself but how they are marketed. Scammers will often try to sell these robots and automated systems as the “holy grail” of trading, promising you’ll retire sometime next week. And they sell them at “human affordable” prices ranging from $20 to $5000.

OMG!! Only $20?? For the chance to make ridiculous money??? That sounds like a bargain!

All right, stop. Collaborate and listen.

If the creator is making big bucks with the system, why would he/she try to sell it and share the profit?

And why for only $20?! You can barely get a decent meal at Chick-fil-A for you and your sweetums with $20!

The only real profit for these fraudulent people is the revenue generated from the sales of their forex “R2-D2s.”

The scammer will try to entice you with historical data and back-testing logs.

DOUBLE OMG!! It’s back-tested!! It must work!!! And it’s only $20!! That’s less than a PS3 game!

All right, stop. Collaborate and listen. Again.

Sure, it might look highly profitable. However, in the forex market, there is no such thing as a consistent market. Conditions are changing all the time. The past has little effect on the future in a changing market.

We don’t know for certain that what happened in past will happen again in the future. There are too many variables to consider. Plus, you don’t know if these scammers are making up the results anyways. They could just input random numbers into an excel file as most people wouldn’t bother checking if they are accurate or not.

Our advice?

Stay away from automated systems and robots until you become a master trader AND programmer.

Beginners know nothing about trading or how forex markets behave, so they will not understand how the robot works, what environments they are best suited for, or how to tweak and adjust the system. It is best to actually learn how to trade consistently before you make the decision to let a program do it for you.

Think about it this way: Would you give a total stranger (with no brain to boot!) your hard earned money to invest without having a clue on what he/she was doing? Didn’t think so!

Forex robots can be a great tool, but let’s be real -there is no perfect “one” that will work in all environments, all the time. Shoot, even the quant funds and algorithmic traders on Wall Street can lose money, and they have PhD mathematicians and financial engineers creating their programs!

Forex Signals

Forex signal services do everything a robot does except the actual execution of trade entries. Besides possibly using an automated program, a “professional” trader may generate trading signals (for a fee, of course) for clients to act upon.

However, you may be paying for a signal in which you do not know the causes for and how the “professional” came up with it.

You have no idea what the basis for the trade is, just that the “professional” is telling you that it’s a good time to buy or sell.

In the end, you are relying on the analysis of a third-party sources that is not your own.

In a typical forex signal service, the programmer creates a set of technical indicators and rules and the program runs to those specifications.

If price action satisfies the conditions of the signal service, then an alert or pop-up will show up for the user to react.

It is ultimately up to the user to decide whether or not to take the signal and trade it.

While this may sound more beneficial as you have a choice on whether or not to take a trade, the signal service is still programmed to a constant set of rules.

Like we mentioned earlier, the forex market is in a constant state of change. While the forex signal service might have been profitable in the past, there is no guarantee that it will be profitable in the future.

One other thing to think about is if the forex signal service is so profitable, why would the creator want to share the profit?

Like forex robots, the scam isn’t the service itself, but the way it’s marketed.

You may see ads from scammers that promise you’ll make a bajillion dollars with their signals.

Many traders will look at the a and think, “A bajillion dollars!? I could do anything I want with a bajillion dollar!”

Now stop. Think about it.

If that were true, they most likely wouldn’t be running a forex signals business. Instead, they would focus on trading and make a bajilion dollars for themselves.

Forex Broker Scams

Did you know that even certain brokers were scammers?

Believe it or not, there are some brokers who “cheat” their clients.

One way they do so is by manipulating bid/ask spreads.

Normal spreads between brokers would be around 2-3 pips but scammers would have spreads around 7-8 pips.

Seven pips might not seem like a lot, but it does add up.

Imagine each time a client trades, he has to pay a spread of 7 pips. Imagine if he takes a just a few trades per day.

Multiply that with hundreds of other clueless clients, you’d be rakin’ in the dough!

Another way is by stop hunting.

Remember, brokers know where clients place their stops.

Sometimes, they’ll make a run for those stops, causing their clients’ positions to close out.

Fortunately, many, but not all, broker shenanigans are considered old school.

Thanks to new rules from regulatory agencies such as the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and the National Futures Association, these old scams have been cracked down upon.

You should choose a forex broker that is registered with a regulatory agency.

In the U.S., check out brokers registered as a Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) with the CFTC and a NFA member. Be wary of those brokers that are not regulated by the CFTC and the NFA.

You should know that the CFTC and NFA were made to protect the public against fraud, manipulation, and abusive trade practices.

Be careful, it’s often difficult to distinguish between regulated and unregulated forex brokers!

According to the NFA Web site, there are about 2,000 retail forex brokerages and solicitors of accounts that are not subject to the new rules.

Out of that 2,000, the NFA has only 24 registered member firms! If you do the math, that’s just 1% of all forex brokerages!

You can verify CFTC registration and NFA membership status of a particular broker and check their disciplinary history by phoning NFA at (800) 621-3570 or by checking the broker/firm information section (BASIC) at the NFA’s website!

If you’re trading forex outside the US, you’re in luck! Other countries have regulatory agencies as well and protect individuals as well. More will be mentioned about them later.

If the broker in question is not registered or regulated by any national agency, then DO NOT deposit your money with them. We warned ya, so don’t complain to us if you don’t get your money back!

Stay away from non-regulated firms!

Also, don’t be shy to also ask around in our forex forums. It doesn’t hurt to get personal opinions.

U.S. Regulatory Agencies

Commodities Futures Trade Commission (CFTC)

In the United States, we like to call the CFTC… Big Brother.

This agency was developed in 1974 to protect individuals (average cool dudes like you and the FX-Men) in futures and commodities trading. Since futures include the currency market, the CFTC “naturally” protects forex traders as well.

From 1974 to the present, the CFTC has undergone many changes in hopes of improving trading conditions and creating a level playing field for everyone. The CFTC is also responsible for publishing the Commitments of Traders Report (COT) every Tuesday.

Five commissioners appointed by the President, the offices of the Chairman, and the agency’s operating units make up the Commission. The Commission has 3 offices along with HQ located in Washington, D.C. – Chicago, Kansas City, New York.

Futures exchanges are also located in these cities. So if you have a problem with them, you can make your way over there and bust out your uzis and spray them. Just kidding. Don’t do that – they’re the good guys. They’re here to help you.

Imagine if there was no organization out there to protect you. There would be a lot more scammers, and brokers would cheat their clients in a heartbeat. The CFTC provides order in a market that would otherwise be chaotic.

The mission of the CFTC is to protect market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices related to the sale of commodity and financial futures and options. In the “unregulated” forex market, this regulatory agency will help you determine if a forex company is reliable or trustworthy.

The CFTC’s Website can be found here:

http://www.cftc.gov/index.htm

If you need to file a complaint or report suspicious activities:

http://www.cftc.gov/consumerprotection/redressreparations/index.htm

Foreign Regulatory Agencies

UK: The FCA and PRA

http://www.fca.org.uk

Swiss Federal Department of Finance

FDF’s website: http://www.efd.admin.ch/index.html?lang=en

FINMA’s website: http://www.finma.ch/e/Pages/default.aspx

How To Protect Yourself From Forex Scams

So what have we learned?

Scams ARE real!

Yes! Really bad people are out there trying to make a dishonest living. However, unlucky for them, you are smart! You know that the only way to succeed in currency trading is to learn from square one and build trading experience!

Now say this three times out loud:

“I will not fall for no-risk robots! I will not succumb to guaranteed returns! Lastly, I will not be lazy and let someone else trade me lucky charms *cough* I mean my money for me!”

Now that we have that over with, let’s close out with some questions our viewers have asked us countless times!

Q: How can I protect myself from fraud?

A: Easy. Be educated. Be smart. Know what a scam looks like. Anything that seems too good to be true usually really isn’t true.

Q: How do I choose a forex broker?

A: First and foremost, make sure the broker is regulated by a national agency. Research, research, and do more research! And for reference use our Broker Guide!

Q: Can forex managed accounts be trusted?

A: If your forex manager is yourself, yes! If not, I’d exercise extreme caution. But if you’re persistent and want to find out the hard way, do a background check and make sure the person has proper licenses and certifications.

Q: Are forex robots profitable?

A: It’s possible, but because they’re usually built for a specific set of conditions, their profitability and how long it may be profitable depends on the market.  Like human traders, they can go on long profitable runs, have a long string of losing trades in a row, or see-saw somewhere in-between.  If you take anything away from the school about them, just don’t think they’re a “set-and-forget” solution to trading; they must be monitored closely as well.

Q: Who do I contact if I suspect fraud?

A: There are specific organizations depending on your location.

United States:

CFTC: http://www.cftc.gov/ConsumerProtection/RedressReparations/index.htm

NFA: http://www.nfa.futures.org/basicnet/Complaint.aspx

United Kingdom:

ActionFraud – the UK’s national fraud and Internet crime reporting centre: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Australia:

Scamwatch: http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/reportascam#h2_10