Beware! RoyalFunds is an offshore broker! Your investment may be at risk.
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RoyalFunds seems to be on the bright side of things until one starts to dig a little further down the hole. Then a whole new perspective arises, that completely changes one’s opinion. This will be explored in the following review. The leverage that we were given was 1:100, while the web trader gave us a EUR/USD spread of 3 pips which is indicative of the suspicious nature of the broker.
ROYALFUNDS REGULATION AND SAFETY OF FUNDS
There are some pieces of info here and there none of which seem concrete enough to label RoyalFunds as a regulated broker. The Terms and Conditons document is incomplete, which is a clear sign that this broker is clearly UNREGULATED, and as such is a risk to any deposit made in it. What’s more is that there is no actual statement that clearly points at an actual license.
Traders should be trading with risk-free brokers, that hold licensed from renowned and austere agencies, like the FCA or CySec , which have made a name for themselves as some of the top regulators. Readers should be aware that both agencies have adapted very strict rules of conduct, and their licensing framework guarantees safety and security for all clientele. A good example of this is the segregation of accounts which assures that client money and broker money are kept in separate accounts. Furthermore, FCA/CySEC brokers participate in a financial reimbursement scheme that cover traders losses in case the broker becomes insolvent. The FCA provides up to 85 000 pounds per person, while CySEC guarantees up to 20 000 euros.
ROYALFUNDS TRADING SOFTWARE
Eventhought the client dashboard claims that there are two trading terminals, the MT4 and the Status Pro, we assure traders that only the Status Pro is active. The MT4 here is infact a impostor; it does not bear the name of the broker, and as such does not offer proper RoyalFunds trading conditions.
With that out of the way, we are left with the StatusPro, a rather decent novice trading terminal that offers pending orders, a live news feed, chart cutomization options, and other extras that help users trade. However, one must not think that this trader can replace the MT4 tading terminal.
ROYALFUNDS DEPOSIT/WITHDRAW METHODS AND FEES
The minimum deposit according to the deposit section in the client dashboard is $200. Users can deposit via Credit Cards and Xpate. Thre are no deposit fees.
Withdrawals are burdened by common scammer broker fees: $25 for Credit Cards, $50 for Wire Transfer (a payment method not present in the deposit section), and $10 for e-payments. A 10% charge will be lifted from any withdrawal amount if the user has not achieved a 200 turnover in trades or more.
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