Am I being scammed?
I know NOTHING about trading and I need some people who DO know about it to PLEASE help me see if I am or not, or maybe being scammed…please read on…
Sorry for the wall of text!
About a month ago I matched with a girl on Tinder.
After a few days we started chatting, moved to using WeChat, and it turns out that she lives in Hong Kong and works in financial management audit, for a company there.
After about a week, whilst chatting she sends me a screenshot of a financial exchange graph (which I now know was from MetaTrader4) and she asks me: "Can you read this?"
I noticed that it had BTCUSD in there and I said something about Bitcoin which I had got 0.3 of back in 2011 lol, but I have virtually no more experience with that stuff. so we chatted about that for a bit.
Over the next week, we chat like normal and the subject comes up every now and again, quite gently about how much she’s making (she sent me 2 screenshots of deals she made on the days we were chatting, with dates, both with over $20,000 profit) and how I could make money too, quite easily.
So, after a week of this type of talk (approximately 2 weeks after we first started chatting)
I ask her what website she uses to trade and tells me to get MetaTrader4 on my phone, so I do, and she says she’ll help me learn how to trade.
To get a demo account up and running she lets me use the login details for her old demo account that her broker gave her.
Please note the Image where she shows me how to open a new account seems to show that she herself is using a demo account (but I’m not sure, do you know?) - despite showing screenshots of her amazing profits over the previous week. But again, I’m not sure.
The demo account was loaded with $50,000USD to play with
Later that night she gives me a brief tutorial and after a few laughs I’m ready to try trading. We go through the deal flow and I lose $168 haha.
So in the days following this development, she contacts me almost every weekday with word from her analyst that there is a good deal opportunity coming usually in the next hour or so.
She’d send me messages like "Forecast upside target 5305, buy"
So after a slip up or two, roughly in my FIRST WEEK I made profits like $311, $6,273 $21,720, $12,230 etc etc
Even while this is all happening we chat regularly about many things and seem to get on really well.
She suggests that I open a real account but even though I am making these pretend profits I still don’t really know what I am doing in terms of Stop Loss, Take Profit, Units, How to read the Graphs etc etc, so most of my deals feel like good luck so I mention this to her that I need to learn more….
So then she tells me she’s gonna ring the MT4 manager at her broker and that she’ll put me in contact with her. Which she does via WeChat.
During deals over 3-4 days this Mt4 manger broker person tutors me very briefly about some of the things I’m not sure about and I make a couple great deals and good profits around the $10,000 - $20,000 range.
This screen shot is my full deal history:
By now my feeling of “this is too good to be true” is ringing hard.
The MT4 manger asks if I’m still keen to open a real account and I go along with it and say yes so she sends me an application to fill in.
I say “I’ll get back to you in a few days”
At that point I google their website. it looks kinda dodgy but says it is regulated by the NFA but I don’t know what that means and the website is only about 6 months old.
By this time I’m even more suspicious, and worried that I 'll sign up and invest only to have my luck suddenly (or slowly) change and lose all my money and the original girl I met will unexplainably disappear.
So now, I am at a place where I don’t know how to find out if this is real or these people are just trying to fleece me and others of my hard earned money.
I don’t really know what questions I can ask you or them.
It seems to good to be true, but maybe its just a good opportunity uniquely timed with bitcoins recent upturn (we started chatting just before it took off again.)
Can a broker manipulate data on a demo account to make me think this is a sure thing? i.e. set the rise and fall, give me a forecast then i close when they say and it looks real?
What can I do to determine if this is a scam or a real opportunity?
What questions should I ask?
Should I email the broker and ask them something?
What would you do?
Remember, I know nothing of trading.
Thanks in advance for reading this far and any advice or experience you can offer!