Most brokers come with a website that aims to showcase their professional manner and approach to the whole forex broker thing. They attempt to lure you with a mixture of promise for profit and a dash of confusion, which in turn would increase your interest. Investing1 aims for that, and at first glances it achieves to do so, even if not quite reaching the bar… Yet, why are we uncertain about this one? Is it because the slide bar of stock prices below the navigation bar are taken from a third party source and do not represent the actual liquidity of Investing1? Or is it the array of prizes, one of which says that Investing1 is the world’s best broker, even though we have never heard of it before this review? Read the review to find the answers.
And we’re off to a bad start… The registration page was completely broken. Once we clicked on the button for opening an account what followed was an error page. We tried shifting browsers to see if the problem was with us, but this produced to result. Furthermore, the demo account was no different; again giving us an error page. What kind of a broker does not allow its users to open an account? The one type that pops into mind is the ones that choose their own clients via phishing tactics and similar approaches.
What this all means, is that there is no way to guarantee that Investing1 offers legitimate trading conditions to its users. Without these crucial elements, a user is not guaranteed a fair trading environment. We will take the trading conditions form the website itself, which is never the best of ideas because Investing1 is obviously beyond suspicious, again making the following terms ambiguous. Nevertheless, the leverage is capped at 1:500, the spread values are not indicated, and the trading assets made available to traders are said to be Forex Pairs, Commodities, Indices, and Futures.
The website can be opened in English, Russia, Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, and German.
INVESTING1 REGULATION AND SAFETY OF FUNDS
It’s no surprise that, after what we revealed above, that Investing1 does not have any regulatory information. The website is operated by a Royal Investments Inc, a holding company registered and located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a location synonymous with suspicious and illicit brokerage firms.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is located in the Caribbean basin, which in itself is an area where many illegitimate companies operate from due to governmental instabilities and looser laws. The small island nation of SVG is one such place where many offshore brokers chose to operate from for the aforementioned reasons. So much so, that the nation has become, arguable, the number one spot for illegitimate brokers. SVG does not have a financial regulator, and so all companies dealing in some area of finance are not monitored in any way! And so is Investing1. In other words, Investing1 in UNLICENSED, and therefore a risk to any and all investments!
Furthermore, as side note, the Terms and Conditions are just one page. This is unacceptable. Short T/C are indicative of a broker not abiding by any rules.
Traders needn’t have to worry themselves with such risk if they choose to trade with a brokerage regulated and authorized by a prestigious regulatory agency. Such agencies are the FCA in the UK or CySec in Cyprus which have been leading names in Forex trading for some time now. Their regulatory framework is composed of a number of strict rules which prevent clients from falling victims to fraud. Such rules include the segregation of accounts which assures that commingling with the client’s money is not possible. Furthermore, a license by such a regulatory body entails participation in a financial mechanism by which clients may be compensated if they suffer losses due to fraud or bankruptcy. With the FCA the compensation is up to 85 000 pounds, where as with CySEC it is up to 20 000 euro per person.
INVESTING1 TRADING SOFTWARE
The unsuccessful registration follows that the trading platforms claimed to be present are not accessible. These terminals are the MT4 and Activ8. Both platforms have no direct way of downloading. We are not certain if even Investing1 has any trading softwares.
The Activ8 platform is commonly found with illicit brokers, who take advantage of its looks, which are the only strong side of this trading terminal, as well as copy trading and pending orders. There are no real reasons for anyone to go with the Activ8, when you have the option to open the MT4.
Speaking of which, the MT4 is the most popular trader in the business, and as such has set the bar extremely high. So high, that not even its successor, the MT5, can fully surpass it. The complex nature of the MT4 make it a somewhat nuisance at times, but once things start to flow, traders are ready to fully experience the forex trade in all its glory. Too bad that Investing1 does not grant us access to it.
INVESTING1 DEPOSIT/WITHDRAW METHODS AND FEES
As we already established, our trust for Investing1 is feeble. Where payment details are involved, then this speck of trust is almost instinct. There is no way to verify the payment information that is seen on the website.
With withdrawals we hit a brick wall. There is no concrete withdrawal information anywhere on the website. The FAQ section does offer some insight, but we do not trust it at all!
We cannot give you any other payment info. There is no indication on fees, or processing times. This just shows how illegitimate Investing1 really is.
We strongly advice traders to only deposit the minimum deposit, or better yet – not deposit at all! As for the withdrawals, scammers are known to either deny such requests, or impose incoming and unexpected charges.
How does the scam work?
Users will be in the middle of a scam without even knowing it, that’s how efficient these scams are. Yet, clients will also be surprised that the most utilized scammer structure is laughably easy to grasp, making it predictable. We have dedicated the following section to the reveal of how the scam works.
The internet is filled with ads, it’s the fuel of the industry, and a big chunk of said advertisements are misleading and some are downright deceitful. The ads concerned with unregulated forex brokers are often very promising, and most of the times utilize completely false claims of immediate profit. Those tempted enough will be redirected to a robo-scam website that further guarantees profits. The only thing that separates the user from the unrealistic promises is a fast registration process that requires a phone number and an email address. After inputting this info unsuspecting users will start getting phone calls from illicit broker representatives, whose one and only job is to initialize the scheme by pushing a trader to make that first deposit of around $250. After that’s done, the senior representatives will be calling. These expert scammers are extremely good talkers, and will start working on you to start putting even more money in. They say that the more money invested, the higher the profit will be. At this point most traders start seeing the big picture, and will want to withdrawal their money and get out fast.
However, the scammers have anticipated this development, and are ready to counter any withdrawal request. Typically they find excuses for delaying the request in the legal documents that hold specific clauses for these purposes. The reasons are many. One thing to remember is that all illicit brokerage firms will deny the withdrawal request for as long as they can, because of the imposed time limit traders have for filling a chargeback. Once the crucial due date is not met, any chargeback requests will be denied.
What to do if scammed?
Those of you who deposited using VISA and MasterCard wil be glad to know that both companies have extended their chargeback time span to 540 days, especially if the reason for it is an online scam.
Scammers will steal directly from a bank account, if the traders has provided crucial details, like banking password or security code. If it get down to this, be sure to either block the account or change the password.
Sometime victimized users will stumble upon the so called recovery agents that promises to magically reclaim all lost investments, for a fee that is. Needless to say, they will not get back any of the lost funds, and will basically scam you a second time.
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