Beware! EmpireInvestment is an offshore broker! Your investment may be at risk.
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EmpireInvestment says to offer a broad range of unmatchable investment opportunities designed to guarantee you stable and risk free, log term returns. If such an offer sounds as the investment opportunity of your life time we strongly advice you to read the following lines. EmpireInvestment is nothing more than an anonymous website, obviously involved in scam.
EmpireInvestment regulation & safety of funds
EmpireInvestment claims to be a US investment company, headquartered in Texas, but if you pay a closer look at their website you will realize that it is completely anonymous – there is no company name or corporate background whatsoever and apart from a postbox address, there is not even a contact phone number. This is a hallmark of a scam.
Not to mention that there is not a single word about regulation, which is obligatory for all brokers and companies offering financial services on the US market. In fact, the U.S. regulatory regime, when it comes to financial services, is one of the most demanding globally. Apart from the requirement to be licensed and authorized as a futures commission merchant (FCM) and a foreign exchange dealer (FED) by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), a US broker should also be a member of the National Futures Association (NFA) and to maintain 20 000 000 USD in operational capital. The last requirement explains why only a few major brokers are authorize to services the U.S. market.
In short, EmpireInvestment is an anonymous, unregulated website created with the single purpose to scam potential investors.
EmpireInvestment deposit/withdrawal methods and fees
As it turned out the only payment option you have with EmpireInvestment are bitcoins and that is rather peculiar. See for yourself:
Bitcoin payments and all crypto payments in general have two things in common – they are completely irreversible and are pretty much anonymous. That makes crypto coins a payment method of choice for all scammers, and that is also why we strongly discourage you to make any payments with crypto coins, when it comes to funding your trading account with online brokers. Use your VISA or MasterCard instead – that way you will always have the option to file for a charge back if you realize you are a victim of a scam.
And now a few words about the EmpireInvestment offer. As we already noted they promise stable, and risk free, log term returns – as high as 23,5% in just 5 days (that is with their base account). See for yourself:
And EmpireInvestment also say they will take care of your trades, making sure that your investment is profitable.
There are two problems with that – the first one is that EmpireInvestment are not licensed money managers, but at best a unregulated broker which offers managed accounts. And as all brokers, EmpireInvestment are market makers, which basically means that they make money whenever traders lose. So it is more than obvious that if you leave market makers like EmpireInvestment to manage your account, they will have all the incentives to mismanage your trades and lose your money in their own pockets.
Also the fact that EmpireInvestment promises guaranteed returns is also a clear evidence that they are scammers. Trading the forex and even more so the crypto currency markets is a high risk endeavor, and legit brokers, (the once that are regulated in Europe and the UK at least) are even obliged to publish the exact percent of traders who lose money while using their services. That percent on average is no less than 70% and with many brokers as high as 85%.
How does the scam work?
When it comes to online scams most people consider themselves immune and yet in reality every year investors in the UK alone lose tens of millions of pounds to online scams. Usually everything starts when you click on an online ad, or even an article (a fake one), which will lead you to one of the so called robo scam websites like Crypto Engine and Crypto Master Bot (that is how we call them), where you will be presented with the investment opportunity of your lifetime.
It may sound funny, but scammers are pretty convincing. In a well cut video you will be explained, how their ground braking trading software explores the weaknesses of the crypto currency market (for example) and will triple your investment in a week – if you are interested just give it a try, it won’t hurt, you should simply leave your e-mail and phone in a registration form. That is all.
Next, if you do as you are told, you will be redirected to a different website – the one of an actual offshore, scam broker, where you will be invited to open a trading or an investment account with about 250 USD. And you will receive a phone call as well – it will be your dedicated “senior account manager”, who will be trying to convince you to deposit more, because that is how, he or she will tell you, you will be able to make really good profit. The other way around is that the balance of your account will grow so rapidly (have we noted that your trading results will be manipulated), that you will need to upgrade the account, depositing let say another 10 000 USD.
In any case, everything will be going smoothly, and you will have the illusion that you have earned a significant amount, until the moment you decide to withdraw some of your funds. Then, you will learn that you are not eligible to request a withdraw, because you have not met some minimum trade volume requirement, connected to a trading bonus you have so carelessly accepted in the first place. The excuses might be various, but the bottom line will be the same. You will not be allowed to make any withdraws, and when it become obvious that you refuse to deposit any more cash, than all of your positions will turn red and you will lose everything in a matter of hours.
What to do if scammed?
You may still stand a chance to recover your deposit, in case you have paid with a VISA or a MasterCard. In that case you will be able to file for a charge back with your local bank and although it may take a couple of months, if you can prove you have been scammed, you will be paid back. No such option if you have paid with crypto coins though, and that is why we strongly advice you to avoid crypto payments.
Also, if scammers have tricked you to install a remote desktop application like Team Viewer or AnyDesk, or if you have been mislead to tell them your credit card number, online banking password and card security code, immediately cancel your credit card, delete the application and change your banking password.
And finally, be aware of the so called recovery agencies as well, because too often they work with the scammers themselves. After you have been scammed you might be approached by one of those agencies with an offer for an assistance. Do not trust then as they will not help you in any way, but simply will collect some commission in advance and that will be all.