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TradeProFX is an offshore Forex brokerage registered in Vanuatu. It provides the MT4 trading platform and a generous leverage of up to 1:300. The spread, however, is twice the industry average and unfavorable for traders.
TradeProFX regulation & safety of funds
On the brokers website we read that the broker brand is owned and operated by a Vanuatu-based company with the same name as the brand – Tradeprofx Holdings Limited. We even read it is “regulated” by the Vanuatu Financial Services commission. Here is a screenshot:
We remind readers that the VFSC does give financial dealer licenses to Forex brokerages, however, the regulatory oversight and financial mechanisms for compensation cannot compare with renowned European agencies such as FCA or CySEC. Nonetheless, a Vanuatu license is certainly better than nothing. The commission supports a website where you may download a pdf file with a list of all the licensees. Here is a screenshot:
As you can see – the company “tradeprofx holdings limited” is nowhere to be found. Thus we can safely assume that the brokerage does not fall under any regulatory oversight. putting all this aside – the brokerage does provide the MetaTrader 4 trading platform, even though in the accounts section of the website we read that the MetaTrader 5 is provided. Such discrepancies in the information are another indicator that the brokerage is not serious and legitimate. After registering for a demo account and downloading the platform we were able to get a look at it. Here is a screenshot:
We see a spread of just 0.2 pips which is extremely low and could not possibly be the actuall spread the brokerage is providing since it leaves scarce opportunity for profit. Indeed, reading the accounts section we see that the spread stated there for the most basic account is 3 pips which is more than believable but also quite unfavorable for traders. There is an ECN pro+commission account which boasts with a spread of just 1 pip, however, there is also a commission tied with it of $8 per lot which significantly increases the spread.
Overall, the lack of regulation and all these discrepancies in the information incline us to suspect that potential clients of the brokerage may be open to substantial risk.
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.
TradeProFX deposit/withdrawal methods and fees
Potential clients of the brokerage may deposit or withdraw via credit cards and wire transfer, as well as crypto currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, as well as Bitcoin cash.
Going through the terms and conditions of the brokerage we did find information regarding fees that is noteworthy. Here is a screenshot:
We read first that withdrawals via e-wallets may be subject to further charges, however, this is quite odd since we read nowhere than any e-wallets are actually supported by the brokerage as payment methods. Again – inconsistencies in the presented information. Furthermore, the brokerage charges a dormant account fee. Here is a screenshot:
The brokerage charges an annual $25 fee for accounts that have been inactive for more than 12 months which isn’t very excessive. Brokerages usually charge such a dormant fee, however, it is always prudent to highlight.
Many scammers choose not to disclose such information to would-be clients. Without proper information on the website we cannot be certain whether clients won’t be charged with any unexpected withdrawal or deposit fees once they invest. This is why we advise traders 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?
Even though the forex trading world is extremely large and encompasses millions of people around the globe, the most common scamming is pretty simple and straightforward and as such – it’s not particularly daring to avoid. Here is a quick overview of how it is done:
Through clicking an ad with promises for fast money, you will be redirected to a website such as DaxRobot or CryptoContracts 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 a limited time period for filing a chargeback with their bank and get their money back. The “recovery department” will simply want to mislead you into missing thе crucial period and, along the way, losing any chance you might have of getting the money back.
It is important here to take notice that both Visa and MasterCard are taking measures to combat unregulated forex brokerages by classifying all forex transactions as high risk. And they are correct in doing so. Furthermore, supporting their intention with clear actions – MasterCard has increased the previous time period of six months for filing a chargeback to a year and a half.
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.
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!