Beware! AVFX is an offshore broker! Your investment may be at risk.
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AVFX is a CFD forex brokerage, situated in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It provides the MetaTrader 4 trading platform and among the largest leverages we have seen. Traders are extended a leverage of up to 1:1000. Furthermore, there is a wide range of trading products from which to choose and a spread of 1.8 pips on EUR/USD. The minimum deposit is considerably low – only $10.
AVFX regulation & safety of funds
AVFX does not state any sort of regulatory status on its website and there is some uncertainty regarding the brokerage. The website states that there is a demo account, but the support staff told us there are technical difficulties with it. We could only gather that the company name is AVFX Technology with no stated address. The missing regulation does not especially surprise us since the government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines does not oversee forex trading. All this inclines us to doubt whether potential clients of the brokerage are not open to substantial risk.
The segregation of accounts is among the rules which are especially important in the trading world, because it drastically lowers the risk of possible commingling.
Another is the participation in a compensatory scheme by which the client’s losses will be covered in the unlikely case the broker goes bankrupt or attempts to swindle traders.
AVFX deposit/withdrawal methods and fees
Potential clients of the brokerage have a very poor choice of payment methods before them. They may deposit or withdraw only via Bank Transfer, wire transfer, credit and debit cards, as well as Bitcoin. Although there are no terms and conditions on the broker’s website, we did contact a support person in the firm who assured us there are no withdrawal conditions, however, we cannot be sure if we could trust the brokerage, having in mind the missing regulation. We must remind readers of all the ways a trader may test the brokerage’s intentions. Firstly, traders are advised to always put up only the required minimum deposit, instead of risking a bigger amount with no certainty. Afterwards, they may also try to withdraw a small amount in order to check for any unexpected fees or delays. Such fees and delays are usually the signs of a scammer.
How does the scam work?
One of the reasons regulation has such value in the trading world is because scamming is quite common and it acts as a sort of guarantee that such a thing would not happen. Nevertheless, here is how a typical scam would go about:
Through clicking an ad with promises for fast money, you will be redirected to a website such as TradeCryptoRobot or Thebitcoincompass where registration will require you to give your address, email and phone number. After sharing your personal information, you will being receiving calls from brokers, compelling you to invest with them and win big. After a few minutes hearing their pitches, you decide to deposit some $200-250. And just like that – the scammers take a fat commission from this initial deposit.
After they are done with you, senior scammers begin working you into putting even more money. They say it’s the only way to profit from trading even more. After making the mistake of investing even further, you’ll begin wanting to get out of this and withdraw what you have left.
Unfortunately, the con-artists have no such thing in mind. They will now begin persuading you to wait it out and not withdraw right now. The angle here is pretty blunt – traders have up to six months to file a chargeback with their bank and get their money back. The “recovery department” will simply want to mislead you into missing this crucial period and, along the way, losing any chance you might have of getting the money back.
What to do when scammed?
As was mentioned above, scamming is quite the common in the trading world and, sadly, even you might suffer from it. In such an unfortunate case there still may be some available options for you.
You may contact your bank or credit card provider and file a chargeback, but only within six months of the initial deposit, as was noted above.
If, however, you have provided the broker with your credit card details, immediately cancel your credit card.
If you have given information regarding your online banking pass – you should switch it asap!
Beware of potential calls from self-described “recovery agencies”! They prey on scammed and vulnerable traders who are desperate to recover their losses. They will require an “up-front” payment to help you, but after paying them, no such help will be coming your way!