Beware! Forex Birds is an offshore broker! Your investment may be at risk.
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With a name like Forex Birds, can this broker be taken seriously, or are all hopes about to take flight? We found out that the leverage amount is capped at 1:100, while the alleged spread was 1.6 pips, as seen on the website.
FOREX BIRDS REGULATION AND SAFETY OF FUNDS
There are two claims here that act as regulatory information, both completely irrelevant. The first one states that Forex Birds is a UK incorporated company which might be true, but it does not say that it is licensed by the FCA. One quick look in the regulator’s database confirmed its absence. Second, the broker claim to be regulated by St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which is not possible, for the country does not allow for licenses to be issued, because it has no financial regulator. All this speaks of a company that tries to trick you into thinking it’s legit, where in reality it’s NOT LICENSED, and therefore a risk to any investment.
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.
FOREX BIRDS TRADING SOFTWARE
We were unable to access the alleged MT4 trading software that was staring at us on the user dashboard. Even after opening a live account, the same thing happened- we click on the download button and nothing happens. We wonder if we should verify our account, or if the broker is checking on us to see if we have money for them to take from us; they would’t risk revealing their platform to questionable users.
Without an access to a trading software, we cannot vouch for the alleged trading conditions fond on the website. The company might as well be lying to attract users.
FOREX BIRDS DEPOSIT/WITHDRAWAL METHODS AND FEES
The minimum deposit of $1 – basically there is no limit- can be put into an account via Bank Transfer and some e-payment methods that seem far fetched.
Withdrawals are made through Wire Transfer, Skrill and Neteller. There are mentions of undisclosed fees throughout the Terms and Conditions, as many illicit brokers do, hoping for no one to notice, and when the fee is applied the company has a bunch of clauses to back itself up.
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.