Beware! Sure Forex is an offshore broker! Your investment may be at risk.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Open trading accounts with at least two brokers.
Sure ForexTrade is an offshore Forex brokerage registered in the US. It provides a web-based trading platform, not the MT4 trading platform and a generous leverage of up to 1:400. There is no required minimum deposit which we always view as a big advantage for potential clients of the broker.
Sure ForexTrade regulation & safety of funds
The corporate information presented on the website of the broker is quite chaotic. Even though we see a US contact address the brokerage makes the ludicrous claim that it is a trading brand of several different companies, all regulated by top regulatory agencies in the world. Here is a screenshot:
Among these agencies are the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, CySEC in Cyprus, Dubai Financial Supervision Authority and the Securities Commission of Bahamas, all of which support an online registry where it’s quite easy and straightforward to fact-check such claims. After doing so diligently we can safely conclude that the brokerage is presenting misleading and false information on it’s website which is a popular trope of offshore brokerages. Furthermore, trading with an offshore, unregulated brokerage hides a lot of risk. There may be commingling which means that the brokerage may commingle together the finances of the firm and the finances of the clients. Discrepancies in the contact and corporate information are another sign that the brokerage is shady and should not be trusted. Overall, the lack of regulation inclines 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.
Sure ForexTrade trading software
The brokerage does not provide the MetaTrader 4 trading platform which we always consider a disadvantage since it is the foremost trading terminal at the moment equipped with features such as almost a 100 market indicators, as well as customizable trading robots. It is also the preferred choice for more than 80 percent of the traders in Forex. Instead, traders are offered a web-based trading platform which we were able to get a look at with very limited options. It appears quite fake as we are unable to discern the spread.
We do read on the website that the broker offers more than 80 different trading options which is a welcome sign but we have no way to verify this. Both the leverage – at 1:400 – and the lack of a required minimum deposit are big pluses for a broker but with Sure ForexTrade they are more likely false information aimed at misleading traders into dealing with an unregulated broker. Furthermore, we read of a 95 percent pay out in binary options, however, again, without a demo account we are uncertain whether these are in fact the conditions offered by the broker.
Sure ForexTrade deposit/withdrawal methods and fees
Going through the terms and conditions of the brokerage we did not find any information regarding potential withdrawal fees but we do read about bonus promotions and we should warn readers that more often than not such promotions go hand in hand with very restrictive trading volume requirements for withdrawal.
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 with the case Traderia – 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!