I was scammed by a forex trading broker — be careful!
I was approached by an agent of a platform called Exness in January 2022. That afternoon, I spent three hours writing at a coffee shop in East Legon, Accra, Ghana. It was a blissful day.
I had planned to get my nails done and treat myself to a new fedora hat from a newly launched store in the hippest part of town, Osu. Instead, I spent the next two hours chatting with the agent dude from Exness.
His name is Anton, he’s tall, light-skinned, and muscular. His accent is Ghanaian mixed with a German twang.
He convinced me to sign up for an account with Exness. I did.
The next day, he called to discuss my plans for learning how to trade. I agreed to sign up for a course that would take place in central Accra. I set up my training days through the sign-up form he sent me and I was ready to learn forex trading.
I attended ten classes and I was ready to trade on my own. This is where it gets sticky.
Anton introduced me to another friend of his, a forex trading broker. The guy had set up an office in East Legon, a brand new, modern office complex in the heart of town. He recommended this guy as one of the best brokers in Accra and I agreed to take him on as my broker.
We signed some documents and I met up with him the next day to discuss the rest of the terms.
I transferred 5000 Ghana Cedis into the trading account. Three days later he requested another 2000 to trade with. He later sent me a Whatsapp message explaining how we were up 3000 Cedis and that I should expect 10,000 Ghana Cedis in my account in the next few days.
When I tried to log into the trading account, I couldn’t log in. When I tried to call him, the number was unavailable.
I called several times over the next few weeks and even went to the office, the building was empty and I met two other women who were also looking for this guy.
Luckily, one of the ladies had a picture of him, we went to the police station to report the case. One lady who goes by the name of Beatrice had transferred more than 40,000 Ghana Cedis to this so-called broker. It was her life…