Beware! Masari Capital is an offshore broker! Your investment may be at risk.
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Our first impression after opening Masari Capital’s website is that doesn’t look very professional but rather bland and unattractive with some standard ‘inspiring’ images and infographics.
Masari Capital Regulation and safety of funds
From the Terms and Conditions document on the company’s website, we find out that the address of this forex broker is in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). This is an offshore zone and the Financial Services Authority in this country does not regulate forex brokers. This means that Masari Capital is not licensed and possibly a scam. We ask you to exercise caution and avoid trading with brokers that are not licensed.
On the other hand, you should look up brokers from well-established jurisdictions, such as the US, Australia, the UK and the EU. In these jurisdictions, there are many measures put in place to make sure that scammers cannot sneak in. For example, all brokers from these jurisdictions are well capitalised which scammers will never do. On top of the list is the US where brokers must have an initial capital of the staggering amount of $20 million, followed by Australia, where it is 1 million AUD. Although in the EU and the UK forex brokers are not required to have such big amounts for an initial capital (only 730,000 EUR), there are other advantages for the forex traders that are very beneficial for the safety of their funds. Licensed brokers in the UK and EU must contribute to a local compensation fund or scheme from which traders are compensated in case of bankruptcy. CySec regulated brokers must contribute to the local Investor Compensation fund from which each and every trader will be compensated up to 20,000 EUR in case the broker goes bankrupt. The only jurisdiction offering better protection of clients’ funds is the UK, where the local Financial Services Compensation Scheme guarantees up to 85,000 GBP per person.
Masari Capital Trading software
The trading software offered by Masari Capital is MetaTrader 4. This is one of the best platforms in the forex trading world and choice number one for the majority of the forex brokers. This platform offers an excellent package of trading tools and instruments, such as trading signals and copy trading of experienced traders, trading robots and signal subscriptions, VPS, an app market, a financial calendar, etc. One of the reasons that make MT4 one of the most preferred platforms is the charting package and the technical analysis indicators that help predict the future direction of exchange rates and make a profit.
In the screenshot below, you can get an idea of what MT4 looks like. This is its demo account version. On the left-hand side, you can see the menu with the currency pairs and their bid/ask price and beneath is the navigator for the accounts, indicators, expert advisors and scripts. In the middle are displayed the charts for the different currency pairs with the fluctuation in price in a given time frame. The number of charts may vary according to the trader’s needs. In this case, you see 4 charts of 4 different currency pairs. For each pair, in the chart, there is a button for sell and buy options. As this is a demo account, the value of the spread (0.6 pips for EURUSD) is not indicative for the real live account. However, from the account types information on the company’s website, we found out that the leverage offered by this broker is sky-high – 1:500. You may consider this to be something positive and that you’ll have more funds to trade with and more chance to win. We really wish you good luck but we think that you are going to need lots and lots of it. We just want to remind you that statistically, 70 % of traders experience financial loss in transactions and if one of those traders is you, then having used such high leverage doesn’t seem to look like something good, does it?
Did you know that in the EU and the UK, there is a cap on leverage which is 1:30, to prevent traders from taking high risks with their hard-earned money? Also, in the US, leverage cannot exceed 1:50. Think about why licensed brokers cannot offer high leverage and answer yourself the question “Who loves you, baby?”
Masari Capital Deposit/Withdrawal methods and fees
There are 4 different trading accounts available on Masari Capital website – Standard, Pro, VAR and Mini. We found out that the minimum initial deposit is 50 USD/BTC. The payment methods are extremely limited – only via credit card and bitcoin.
The withdrawal requests take about 2-5 business days to be processed.
We searched this broker’s website but couldn’t find information on deposit/withdrawal fees and dormant accounts.
We want to point out that overall, the scarcity of information regarding the deposit/withdrawal methods and fees does not work to the client’s advantage. All this should be visible and readily available on any self-respecting licensed broker.
How does scam work?
Actually, it’s quite simple and people often fall into the trap of experienced scammers. We bet you have seen those attractive ads on the Internet promising big and quick profits over a short period of time. Just provide your personal information, and voila! The scam brokers are waiting for you and you will be inundated with phone calls promising easy profit. Tempting, right? You think ‘ok, I can spend $200-300 and see what profit it brings me’. Congratulations, you just provided a fat commission for your scammers that will be distributed down the food chain. Now you have ‘graduated’ to be handed over to a senior ‘broker’, a smooth talker who will try to convince you that there is no more perfect time like now to invest more money. After all, you want to make more profit, right? However, something starts to feel off and now you start asking yourself questions and all you want is to withdraw your money and get out fast.
Unfortunately, it is too late! Someone has pulled the cheese and you are trapped because scammers don’t give up easily. Scammers will do anything in order to delay you so that you miss the deadline for a chargeback.
What to do if scammed?
Our advice is to immediately file for a chargeback if you have been lucky enough to make your deposit via credit card. VISA and MasterCard allow for 540 days chargeback period, so you still have a chance to get your money back.
Things don’t look so good if your currency of choice has been Bitcoin or bank wire. In that case, you may have to wave your money goodbye.
There are some other things that you can do in case of being scammed – cancel your credit card if you have given your CVV code to the scammers. Also, erase any software from your computer that gives scammers access to your private data.
Be warned, as well, that some so-called ‘recovery agents’ may approach you promising to recover your funds for a fee. It could be another form of scam where scammers prey on your misfortune. Should you choose to use one, you must make sure that you are dealing with a genuine and legitimate agency by checking their credential and company’s information and transparency.