Social media has been a boon for scammers, as it has given them easy access to potential targets. One scheme that flourishes on social media platforms is the forex scam. Forex “influencers” love to promote their lifestyle on Instagram and YouTube, showing off their wealth and convincing you that you can have it all, too.
Selling a Lifestyle
In the 21st century, it’s not just about telling people that they can get rich using “one simple trick.” It’s about showing them what they could have if they were rich. The influencer style of scam marketing loves to show off nice houses, fast cars, and exotic locations as the life you could be living if you just buy into their forex trading scheme.
All That Glitters is Not Gold
The first thing you need to be aware of is that some of these scammers could be lying about their lifestyle. There is an entire industry built around allowing influencers to portray a more glamorous life than they really have. You can rent time on a (grounded) private jet to take photos, spend a day in a (rented) luxury penthouse suite, borrow designer clothes, and more. Or you can buy stock photos and pretend that you took those images yourself!
One technique scammers use is to take one vacation to an exotic but surprisingly affordable destination (perhaps traveling on the off season) and then post the images from that trip throughout the year, to create the illusion that they are always traveling.
Even if the scammers are living the glamorous lifestyle they’re portraying, it’s not because of their forex trading skills. It’s because they’ve made lots of money duping people like you into trading on their fake platform, or paying them for bogus advice.
The Allure of the Forex Scam
These influencers will tell you a story. They used to be stuck in a dead-end job just like you. Then they learned how to trade forex, and now look at the life they’re living. Gorgeous home, gorgeous girlfriend, gorgeous tropical vacations. This could be you.
The next thing you know, you’ve fallen victim to a forex scam. You put every penny you could spare into this scheme, thinking it would make you rich and solve all of your problems, only to realize that you were sold a fairy tale.
What to Do if it Happens to You
If you fall victim to a forex broker scam or similar online trading scheme, you should know that fraud help is available. Claim Justice specializes in getting money back from scammers, and we have extensive experience with forex fraud.
It can be hard to know what to do if you’ve been scammed online. Surprisingly, the first step is to ask the scammer to give back your money. Sometimes they’re willing to make a refund in order to avoid further harassment from you. If that doesn’t work, contact us. We’ll take over from there.
The important thing is to not let the scammers finance a lavish lifestyle off of the hard-earned money of innocent people like you. Take the necessary steps to get your money back!