Beware! AI Markets is an offshore broker! Your investment may be at risk.
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AI Markets claims to be the artificial intelligence brokers for real investors but in our opinion is just a carbon copy of another shady broker.
The company trades in forex, methals, indexes, energies, stocks, ETFs and cryptocurrency and offers 3 different accounts – Mini, Classic and Premium. Registration is instantaneous and within seconds, you are ready to make transactions.
AI Markets Regulation and safety of funds
Switzerland is the country that shows on this company’s address. However, after checking the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), there is no such broker registered there. Without a proper registration, we consider this broker to be scam and advise you not to trade with it.
Instead, you can choose from one of the many licensed brokers from the well-established jurisdictions (EU, UK, US, Australia) which provide you with a guarantee for the safety of your funds. Let us give you an example – in EU and UK, licensed brokers must meet very strict requirements which serves to keep scammers from sneaking in. These brokers must have an initial capital of no less than 730,000 EUR and they also must contribute to a compensation fund. This fund serves to compensate the traders in case the broker goes belly up and the amount up to which a client can be compensated if the broker is regulated by EU is 20,000 EUR. If the broker is regulated by FCA, then the trader can be compensated up to 85,000 GBP. As you can see, scammers will not make the effort to meet such requirements just so that they can scam you. Their strategy is ‘make a hit and disappear’!
AI Markets Trading software
The trading platforms that are offered by AI Markets are MetaTrader 4 and the web trader.
Below is a screenshot of AI Markets web trader and on the left of the screen, you see the currency pairs with their bid/ask price and if you click on the pair, you also see the spread and whether the price is going up or down. If we look at the EUR/USD currency pair, we see that the sell and buy price are going up and that the spread is 0.7 pips. In the middle of the screen you see displayed the chart for the same currency pairs with the fluctuation in price in a given timeframe.
Although the spread for the EUR/USD is low, on the company’s website we found that the leverage, in contrast, is quite high – 1:200. Such high leverage presents risks for traders who may lose funds if they choose to use it. Please compare with the fact that brokers licensed in EU cannot exceed a leverage higher than 1:30 and in the US, the leverage cap is 1:50. These measures aim at preventing traders from going into high risk transactions and in protecting their funds. So, a broker who offers high leverage is trying to lure you into high risk transactions without worry about your hard-earned money.
The web trader we showed you is in fact a simple platform that does not offer many tools and instruments to its traders. In contrast, the other trading platform that is also available to AI Markets’ clients, the MetaTrader 4, has a lot more to offer. For example, there is an auto trading option and a code base with customs scripts, VPS and trading signals that come with a subscription fee. MT4 also offer an app market and a financial calendar and its charting options are simply excellent. No wonder this trading platform, although considered ancient by today’s technology standards, is still the preferred choice of around 80% of the brokers around the world.
However, let us make it crystal clear – an excellent trading platform in its own is not enough to compensate for the fact that this broker is not licensed!
AI Markets Deposit/Withdrawal methods and fees
The minimum initial deposit is $500 for the Mini account. The Classic account starts at $5,000 and the Premium account starts at $20,000.
As payment methods, clients can use to pay via debit/credit card, bank draft or wire transfer. There are some limitations, though. For debit/credit card and bank draft, the minimum transaction amount is $250 and the maximum is $500. For the wire transfer, the minimum amount is $10,000. We consider that these methods are not to the client’s advantage and they impose unnecessary restrictions.
As per the company’s policy, the withdrawal processing time is up to 2 business days.
This broker also offers bonuses which come with heavy to fulfil conditions attached to them. For example if you choose to accept a bonus, in order to be able to withdraw it, you must execute a minimum trading volume of $20,000 for every bonus dollar. So, if you receive $100 bonus, it means you must trade $2,000,000 in order to withdraw your bonus. Is this worth the trouble? Please remember, licensed brokers do not offer bonuses, scammers do!
How does scam work?
No one wants to be duped by scammers, but it happens all the time because they know how to manipulate people. As they say in one popular song “sweet dreams are made of this” and this is what scammers rely on – creating in people’s mind a sweet dream of being rich! Scams usually start by unsolicited telephone calls or ads on the Internet or social media promising quick and easy profit. It is easy to fall into scammers’ trap and once you make a deposit, you are done for! Scammers won’t let you get away easily even if you realise that you are being scammed. They will try to delay you when you try to withdraw your funds by asking you to provide this document or fill out this form, etc., in order to make you miss the deadline when you can file for chargeback.
What to do if scammed?
You need to act very quickly. First of all, if you have made a deposit using a credit card, you must immediately file for chargeback. Fortunately, VISA and MasterCard allow for 540 day period in which you can file for chargeback. This is the good news. The bad news is that if you have made a deposit using bank wire or Bitcoin, the chances of you getting your funds back are nil!
Another thing you can do is cancel your credit card if the scammers have your CVV code. Check your PC and erase the software that gives scammers access to your personal data.
Be careful, because even doing all that we recommended, your unfortunate experience with scammers may not be over. There are the so-called recovery agents. One of those may approach you offering to recover your funds for a fee. Do not trust them and always check the legitimacy of the recovery agent and the agency.
Also, be aware that some “victims” of scam may post comments after the review, saying how they lost money and how a recovery agent helped them retrieve their funds. They will even put the contact info for this so-called recovery agent. Do not trust them either as it is another case of scam!