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HQBroker.com scam

I just got a cold call from +44 22 0296 9287 claiming to be from HQBroker. They claimed to allow trading in “international markets” including “the big four – Stocks, Currencies, Commodities and Indexes”. I asked on which exchanges can I trade and they seemed to be confused by that question. NYSE, ASX, NASDAQ, LSE who knows.

They claimed that 20% of their clients were in Australia. More on that later.

They claim they are “regulated” and “licensed” but when I challenged that claim they started naming large American financial institutions that provide “liquidity guarantees” to them. Their website states they are licensed in Poland. Without an Australian Financial Services (AFS) Licence, I pointed out that they were making an illegal brokering solicitation in Australia. They said that opening an Australian office is difficult but that as soon as they have 1000 active traders they will do it.

Aside: If 20% of their clients is less than 1000 traders then they have less than 5000 clients, right?

The “securities manager” I was now talking to said they were a large “international company” trading in “international markets”, surely their IP address would be blocked if they were not regulated and licensed in Australia. I pointed out that Australia currently only blocks piracy sites.

While unlicensed, cold-call, broking solicitation is illegal in Australia, that wasn’t where it got really scary.

The zinger? HQBroker offered “software with 100% successful record that monitors the market 20 times a second, 5 days a week, 24 hours a day”. Even forex markets are closed once the New York market closes on Friday afternoon (local time) until Sydney opens on Monday morning (local time). In reality that means there is about a day and a half that we can’t trade retail forex. Interbank forex is manned 24/7 but retail investors can’t access that market.

I honed in on that 100% success claim. Nobody (and no AI) hits on every trade, some trades just don’t pay off. But they wouldn’t budge, they proudly said “risk free”, then “money back guarantee” if I tried their three day trial on a $250USD account opening deposit. After 3 days I could withdraw my original deposit and any gains-if there were any losses they’d refund the deposit in full.

This mysterious software not only gives trade signals but actually opens and closes trades on their international markets. It uses “mathematical models” to automatically trade for you.

Again, I expressed my skepticism at the 100% successful trade claim. “Impossible!” I exclaimed. The system has “automatic stop loss and take profit”. Stop loss? Aha! So losses are possible. “No,” he said, “because trading pairs move in sync like USD/Gold. When one is falling the other is rising.” So now HQBroker is back to pitching binary options trading as fool-proof, no-risk, guaranteed triple-digit-percentage returns.

At that point I’d finished my lunch and wanted to get back to working so I hung up, I’d wasted 48 minutes of their time while eating my lunch. A pleasant distraction.

A quick google search will show HQBroker is very poorly reviewed, with it’s corporate structure best described as “murky”.

UPDATE 4 April 2018 10:24 AEST: The comments section is getting some traction so I’ll leave it as a bit of a free-for-all for now. There is rudimentary anti-spam checking but that’s it. I cannot take time to confirm identity of commentators below.

Remember: On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.

Update: 10 May 2018 Got a call with the exact same MO today from 03 9077 1873 but this time promoting Financials Trading Online which is listed as a scam on ASIC’s MoneySmart website. Either H Q Brokers are moving on or it’s a variation on the same scam.

61 thoughts on “HQBroker.com scam”

  1. Hi I am in Quebec, province of Canada. They called me today with a poor french speeking. They were asking me to deposit 100$USD instead of 250$ ( a deal!) to open my account… and they took care to know my level’s knowleidge of web, trading, etc. I also spended their time while my phone was registrating the conversation. It seem to me to be a good scam. (Sorry for my bad english, I’m a french speeker 😉 )

    1. Yes they’ve actually called me twice more and didn’t realise they’d called before. The second call came from +44 20 3817 4627.

      The last time the phone call was from Manchester UK, so they’ve got a VOIP solution that allows them to call Australia and Canada cheaply.

      Alternatively they may be buying service from some of those VOIP scammers out there who hack a small company’s VOIP service run up huge bills for the end user.

      I tried a different tack on the last call as I didn’t have 45 minutes to waste. I immediately accused them of being a scam and told her to google HQ Broker. She claimed all the negative reviews were from competing services and that it’s easy on the internet to get those to number 1.

      “You’re a scam!” I replied.

      “No we’re not!” she demanded.

      We did this 3 times.

      And then she asked, “why are you wasting my time?”

      “Because you’re a scammer!”

      She angrily said, “You think this is a waste of time? I’ll call you a thousand times now.”

      “Just try it.”

      Then she hung up.

    2. They just called me today (I’m in Quebec too) but it was a guy speaking french and I told him I spoke English only and he hung up straight away! Haha!

  2. i invest 8000 $ USD in this compagnie in december 2017 i made trade myself and i made a profit of 10089 usd …i did try to wihdraw some of my profit…it never work they only send me my investment back and since then they try to make me signe a agreement that will make me have10% of my profit… after reaching a trading volume of 1000…..

    why would i get only 10% of my profits why would someone signe that kind of aggreement ……

    last week we had a agreement …are agreement was: they send me 5000 usd and i erase everything i put on the web when i have the money in my account….. since last week they keep calling me putting pressur on me to erase everything… i said no !not till half of my profit is in my account ..(5000$USD)..they keep telling me that the money is on its way to my bank account and the transfer could take 5 working days….so i waited……. today mars 14.2018 someone just called me a said to me that i didnt respect the agreement …..that is not true ….and they cancel my money transfert last week because of that ..but just yesterday some called me to assure me that the transfer is done………this is a small part of my nightmare…..

    1. Yes Vicky I feel your pain, although why would you send them $8,000 in the first place?

      They make it nearly impossible to get money out.

      Unregulated, unscrupulous, unforgettable.

      1. Hello Paul, it seems like you can relate with Vicky. Have you had any experience with our company? How can we help you?

          1. Hello Paul, I’m from HQBroker, do you mind if you expound this matter? We would be glad to assist you with any of your concern from our company, but we would need more information from you. Looking forward to your response.

    2. i just got my profit and in the same time a new french broker who was very kind he explain me the rules and regulation of the compagnie. i also got a good service from the legal department it was all a big misunderstanding from both part… now its all fixe. and i am still a client

      1. Hi Vicky

        I’m not sure I believe that it was all a big misunderstanding.

        HQBrokers are aggressively trying to get ahead of bad press. I’ve had them reach out to me here and I see there efforts on other sites. Did they refund 100% of your deposit and any gains as promised?

        There are still too many red flags for this operation.

        Their hard-sell sales tactics are too much.

        The lies they told to sign me up are documented in the main post.

      2. Okay Vicky given the continued dodgy practices of HQBroker I wonder if you really did get a refund? Or if you ever actually deposited $8K with them in the first place?

        If they promised to refund only if you recanted your post I’m pretty sure your still out of pocket.

  3. No.. It lose its credit, as my friend from HqBroker teletellers sales told me that, the manager who trained them, told all the callers to hard sell this.. And the company won’t be liable for the loses balance that any client sign up.. As they only care is commission they earn from fees and amount of money plug in this monkey MLM business of scam..

  4. Thus far I have been called by HQ Broker more than 20 times over the past few months, They call from different numbers:

    4th April
    10:46AM +1 647-989-8384
    9:04AMPrivate number
    3rd April
    2:07PM +44 20 3403 9281
    2:06PM Private number
    29th March
    6:04PM +44 20 3169 9197
    28th March
    Private number
    21st March
    7:38pm +44 20 2892 9411
    20th March
    12:52pm +44 20 3953 7863
    12:51pm Private Number
    19th March
    1:39pm +44 20 3816 5690
    15th March
    5:34pm +852000643148

    This is just for half a month, every time I ask them to take me off their call list and that I have no interest in their services so they are wasting their time calling me. I have asked to speak to a supervisor or someone who can take me off their call list. At this stage it is Harassment. I have had my phone number put on a no call list months ago which means they are not supposed to be calling me. Clearly this company has no scruples or level of professionalism what so ever. 1 I am on a no call list. 2 I have specifically asked to opt out of their calls or service. When I ask to speak to a supervisor the person (sometimes man sometimes woman usually with an Indian accent) says that they are the supervisor. When I ask to be taken off their call list they tell me ”thats not my job” ” You asked to receive this call”

    Clearly it is a total scam and should be shut down. Its only though awareness that we can do this!

    1. Totally agree with you. So far I have received a dozen calls from HQ Broker. Even each time, I told them to remove from their call list politely, I still receive their frequent calls.
      Just wondering where can I file a complaint against this HQ Broker. Or it might be impossible, given that this HQ Broker is entirely an illegal scam.

    2. Hello Michael, I’m from HQBroker and I would like to clarify your concern. Firstly, we legally obtain our clients’ information through campaigns, referrals, and through signing up on our website and/or any of its affiliated websites. You may have been referred, or may have signed up for any of our campaigns. With that, we would like to reassure you that we do not pry our clients’ details. If you wish to have your information removed from our system, we would gladly help you. All you need to do is email us your full name, including your number that you receive calls to, and send these to support@[redacted]. Also, this particular circumstance may also be somehow inaccurate, since at this moment, with all due respect, we don’t have any Indian (local/native/speaker) representatives. Thank you.

      1. Of course you have Indian accented callers. We’ve all heard them. But your call centre is full of many accents. You do not have permission to call people but you still do. Over and over again. You’re messages are obviously trying to get ahead of the bad press.

      2. This is rubbished. They called me yesterday and today. I asked for my name and number to be removed from their database. Very hard sell, aggressive and rude.

        The ‘ladies’ who called me sounded like they were from Indian…

        Nasty business. Get a real job.

      3. This is either not true, or they purchase their data from an illegal source. I 100% know I did not give them permission to call me. I 100% know that I did not give “my details online asking about earning extra money”. I have had 2 calls so far, the first one I ended, the second one they ended (rudely because I “wasted their time leaving my details”). They ended the call when I asked them for their company details so I can report their illegal activity.
        They don’t use the same number each time, and although they have clearly got the data from somewhere and it’s not a completely cold call in their eyes (they have my first name), this is an illegal use of data and must be reported to the authorities in every territory.

      4. I just had an horrendous phone call from someone at HQ broker which as offensive, intrusive and entirely rude. I have not been on a financial website or expressed my interest in any website whatsoever related to this and especially with my nickname which I do not use when filling in my first name – this makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable and violated as to how you got my details. I consistently asked the caller not to use my, not even first but personal nickname, and he continued to do so while hassling me down the phone. As a fairly intelligent person I can tell when something is a scam within 2 seconds but I dread to think the vulnerable people you’re taking advantage of.

  5. I received a call yesterday and again twice today from them one from +44 number the other from a Australian number both times I told them to remove me from their database and that i was not interested they keep asking me questions. In the end i just did not answer them anymore put the phone down and they just hung up. Hopefully no more calls from them.

    1. Hello “Meme”, I’m from HQBroker, and if you happen to receive multiple calls from us, please email us directly to support@[redacted] providing your full name and phone number, and we will surely remove you from our system. We do apologize for this matter; we have had troubles with our data base for the past few weeks, but please know that we are striving to resolve this issue. Sending us an email directly would be of better help. Thank you for understanding.

  6. I just received a call form HQ Broker with the promise of increasing my revenue stream. The guy had a South East Asian action with kids screaming in the background. The number originated from UK


    Kept on going about increasing my revenue stream when I asked what it was about, hung up.

    1. Hello Gopal, I’m from HQBroker, and if you need further assistance, like removing your information from our system to no longer receive calls from us, please email us directly at support@[redacted], providing your full name and number, and we will surely act on this quicker. Thank you.

      1. I have a better Idea. Why don’t you just comply with each countries national laws surrounding unsolicited calls? I’ll attach some Australian legislation below, so instead of asking my to give you my number and hand over information about myself which I’m obviously not going to do, you could just access the Australian Do Not Call register and then don’t call numbers from there like you are legally required. Yeah?

        The legislative arrangements that underpin the register include the:

        Do Not Call Register Act 2006 —establishes the register, and outlines rules for making unsolicited telemarketing calls and sending unsolicited marketing faxes to numbers on the register.
        Do Not Call Register Regulations 2006 —specifies the types of calls that are not telemarketing calls and the people deemed to be nominees of a relevant account-holder
        Telecommunications (Telemarketing and Research Calls) Industry Standard 2017 —sets out the minimum requirements for those making telemarketing and research calls to Australian numbers, including when and how they can make certain calls
        Fax Marketing Industry Standard 2011—sets out minimum requirements for those sending marketing faxes to Australian numbers, including when and how fax marketers can send certain faxes.

  7. Same thing. 2 calls each day for the last 2 weeks. All from UK numbers. I’ve tried quizzing them, hanging up, being abusive. Next time I’m blowing a whistle down the line

    1. Hello Denis, I’m from HQBroker, and we hear your concern. If you wish for your information to be removed from our system, please send us your name and the number you are receiving calls from HQBroker, and email us directly at support@[redacted] and we will gladly accommodate your concern. Thank you.

      1. Yeah – did that. Now getting calls that come up as “Australian mobile” numbers instead of “UK landline” numbers (they are actually all internet calls). Not sure how scammers like HQ Brokers expect to make money by harassing people who tell them directly that they are not interested – repeatedly. Illegal, harassing, rude, unethical, dishonest scammers. Does that cover it?

  8. I’ve had the calls from
    +44 20 3235 5067
    +44 20 3932 7940
    +44 20 3438 6555
    +44 20 3140 4223

    I’ve answered twice but the delay on the line is tooooooo long to get any sense out of them.

    1. Hello Matty, I’m from HQBroker. Please understand that we are currently experiencing difficulties with our database. We would highly appreciate it if the proper procedure will be followed in order for your information to be removed from our system. Please email to support@[redacted] your full name and phone number which receive phone calls. Our team is doing the best efforts to fix this issue as soon as possible. Thank you for understanding and for your cooperation.

  9. Looks like we are all having the same issue here!! I have recieved 15 call in 3weeeks from HQ Brokers, I have tried being polite, I have tried screaming at them, I have tried not answering, I have tried everything and yet they still continue to call me. I am seriously at my wits end with these scammers. Like the rest of you, I “apparently” signed up to receive these harassing calls. If an actually representative from HQ Brokers actually reads this, please kindly tell your call center scammers to leave me the hell alone.

    1. Hi Shannon, I’m from HQBroker, and if you have the same concern of receiving repetitive calls, please do email us your full name and phone number so our team can assist you and have your information deleted from our system. We are currently experiencing troubles with our database, but I guarantee you that our team is doing its best effort to fix this issue as soon as possible. Your cooperation is highly appreciated. Thank you for understanding.

  10. I have a better Idea. Why don’t you just comply with each countries national laws surrounding unsolicited calls? I’ll attach some Australian legislation below, so instead of asking my to give you my number and hand over information about myself which I’m obviously not going to do, you could just access the Australian Do Not Call register and then don’t call numbers from there like you are legally required. Yeah?

    The legislative arrangements that underpin the register include the:

    Do Not Call Register Act 2006 —establishes the register, and outlines rules for making unsolicited telemarketing calls and sending unsolicited marketing faxes to numbers on the register.
    Do Not Call Register Regulations 2006 —specifies the types of calls that are not telemarketing calls and the people deemed to be nominees of a relevant account-holder
    Telecommunications (Telemarketing and Research Calls) Industry Standard 2017 —sets out the minimum requirements for those making telemarketing and research calls to Australian numbers, including when and how they can make certain calls
    Fax Marketing Industry Standard 2011—sets out minimum requirements for those sending marketing faxes to Australian numbers, including when and how fax marketers can send certain faxes.

    1. I think it will just take time for them to move on to their next scam.

      That’s why people should not send them an email. It’s just a new database to test their next scam on.

      I decided to write this post for myself but it quickly has generated interest.

  11. Totally dishonest company (or scammers? I’m not convinced they are in any way legitimate) that called me on a public holiday (Anzac Day). I find that in itself to be unprofessional, however, it is one of approximately 10 calls I have received from people claiming to be from HQ Broker making all sorts of outrageous claims regarding the returns I could make. I ask to be removed multiple times, one of them even just laughed and hung up. Their failure to address any of the concerns raised is also telling.

  12. They called me on 23 April. Knew it was a scam before even answered the phone. Had a hilarious 40 minutes leading them up the garden path. Conversation exactly as you describe, anser to every Q was that for a $250 outlay you would make $400-600 per week. Eventually got bored, and told them I they were scammers. This really upset them and they started shouting abuse down the line. Free entertainment!!

    1. Hi KiwiPaul, I’m from HQBroker. Do you mind leaving more information (MT4 ID) so we can assist you better with your concern? Thank you!

  13. These people are really annoying.
    They constantly call you every single day, trying to convince you to start trading at $250 (R3 100) South African Rand, they ask for banking details even when you tell them that you are not interested in their products.

    ‭+27 (11) 710-1561‬
    ‭+27 (11) 068-6391‬
    ‭+27 (11) 362-1989‬

    These are the numbers that have called me this week alone, I guess they have managed to get South African land line numbers and they busy harassing people with them.

    I have queried the Financial Services board, CIPC, Revenue Services and South African Reserve bank and non seems to be registered with them.


  14. HQ Broker has rung me over 30 times in the last month, each from a different landline number and country location . Each time they claim that I have requested them to contact me with regards to making a second income. I have tried various techniques, saying I’m too young to trade, not interested, broke etc etc but every couple of days a different person calls me up. If HQ Broker is not a scam, “why the need for different call lactions”? If you call the number back it doesn’t connect. Scam Scam Scam……

  15. You must be joking. I would never give contact details to this group, and strongly urge nobody else too either.

    Boy did they ever get the wrong guy when they tried to scam me. I happen to be senior at a funds management organisation. Our office was in fits of laughter as the call proceeded. It quickly became apparent that the caller knew nothing about investing, beyond the few lines he had to parrot. Had real fun tying him in knots – don’t know how we kept a straight face. The claims about 100% return every week are clearly ridiculous, as were many other things he said. I can only presume that they target the really gullible. The language when I revealed that we’d known it was a scam from the start revealed the true colours. Avoid at all costs. KP.

    1. Yes, I just got called today from an Australian prefix . Delay and crowd noise in the background are first suspicious signs. Then distant Indian accent. I just hang up. Getting a few such calls in recent weeks.

  16. Scam!!!!


    I just received a call from a ‘Harry’ from this company, who asked me if my name was correct and introduced me to the reason of his call. I immediately said I have never enquired and am not interested. He then asked me what my reason was for signing up (?). I stated that I have never done so or ever heard of the company, and repeated again that I don’t want to talk to him. He laughed at me and said that I signed up two years ago, so there must be a reason! It went on and on for about five minutes, and he began to get extremely rude with the worst customer service (if you can even call it that) I have ever experienced. He kept asking why I had signed up, and I again had no answer for him as I’ve never done so, but he would not take this for an answer and kept making an amusement of it, knowing that I was getting angry. Once he finally stopped talking I told him how this is not ok and you cannot talk to someone like this, especially if you’re trying to scam them and get money from them. I got his name, number, and this business name, and will be reporting it wherever possible. Most call centres understand and thank you for your time and life carries on. This is utter nonsense

  17. I’m in Singapore and i received such call today from

    +61409464294 which my samsung s8+ smart service registered it as an australia number from a man call James.

    But no. Its a lady on the call with Philippino accent who insisted that I’ve shown an interest in making additional money. When i challenged that i didn’t, she said i was referred by another person. Just crap.

  18. They haven’t called me now for a couple of weeks. My hunch about the way these goons work is that they blitz a region, then move along to another one. Unfortunately I guess they’ll be back, perhaps in another guise.

    Oh, and a bit of math. If you made 100% return every week, after one year your initial $250 investment would be worth five hundred thousand trillion dollars (5 followed by 17 zeros). That’s more than the combined value of all the world’s stockmarkets plus government debt. You’d pretty much own the wealth of the planet. And after year two you’d have most of the universe as well.

    Beyond absurd.

  19. These bunch of scammers. Report them to ACCC scamwatch please. I have done so myself.

    Received multiple calls from them after asking them multiple times not to HARRASS me again.

    First time they called, “referral from a friend”. I insist on more information to which the c*** replied they he can’t tell me more information. This was followed by “let me set up an account for for you now so you can start making money”. I said no and I’m not interested and to leave me alone. He followed up with “I never heard of anyone not interest in making more money blah blah blah”. After trying to nicely tell him nicely but firmly i’m not interested he insist and becomes rather aggressive to which I just hung up to.

    Received another few calls from them to which I’ve blatantly hang up when they said HQ Broker and other few where I told them not to call again.

    Anyway, long story short, I receive a call from them again last Friday(4/5/18) so decided to play along with it this time. After wasting the rep time for a good 10-20 minutes she decides to hang up on me aruptly! Ah well, guess she didn’t want me to open an account after all!

    1. Got a call from them again today! Wasted another 20 minutes of their time! YES!

      So a female starts out with the same line of me shown interest in HQ Broker blah blah blah. To which I reply “how have I shown interest” which gets a response of a friend referred you which I ridicule as “how is that me showing interest? ” to which she says I’ve been referred. Some back an forth as she tries to shrug the question and move along. Ignoring her line of question I started questioning their legitimacy and how they are in fact unlicensed in Australia and they are calling me illegally.

      I think I stunned the poor female rep which I must admit was quite fun! Anyway after some silence, I get a guy who chymes in and identifies himself as “Josh Kennedy and head of HQ Broker” and defends the legitimacy of HQ Broker and how they are licensed internationally and if they won’t legal “how are we calling you in Australia” LOL. Really!?! The Nigerian Prince can call me and tell me about my inheritance for all i care! After some back and forth, he ask me to stop wasting their time to which I asked I already told them to stop calling me to begin with. Some A1 customer service skills right there.

  20. I have managed to waste another 40 minutes of their time today. Yes!!
    A few months back I made a $100 deposit (before I had read anything about HQ) and my ‘account manager’ Stella, showed me how to make a couple of trades on MT4 . Once I had made a profit of $9 I asked to withdraw! I wanted to see if she was genuine.
    Stella tried to convince me to deposit 4k to buy a stock she was tipping- after all she had proved that she was legit! I said no thanks.
    My money was refunded in full (plus profit) by wire transfer after a couple of weeks of back and forth emails with compliance documents.
    See it does work so why not invest more?
    By the way, teaching you to trade consists of getting you to open MT4 and place a trade on her instructions. In both cases the trades closed out in profit, but there was no teaching on why those trades were chosen, and no tech or fundamental analysis provided. ( Maybe that is reserved for the high rollers?)
    Today a new guy from the vast array of HQ ‘brokers’ wanted me to deposit again so he can trade for me.
    He doesn’t use any stop loss settings!! but his money management will not expose more than 30% of my account in a trade- so that’s a relief! He did not sound too knowledgeable for a trader and I asked lots of questions about trading. His answers were not convincing and he always steered me back to making a deposit without addressing my concerns.
    I told him I still think it is a scam and I am not interested in losing money to an offshore broker where a line on a website representing my profit can be so easily concocted.
    Realise that these guys are holding all the cards – you have to provide your identity and bank information as part of their KYC conditions, but where is the reciprocal KYB (know your broker) information?

    1. Hi Red,

      Thanks for your comment on the actual process. I’m a bit worried that your experience may convince some people to give them a go and try to get out before the other shoe drops. This is related to the “greater fool theory” as there is always a greater fool who you an off-load a bad investment to at a profit.

      How can there be no stop loss but a limit of 30% of the account per trade? That is not a money management system. It’s not even a rough risk of ruin calculation.

      Stay away!

  21. Hello,

    I’m in Quebec and received 3 calls from them in the last 3 days. The numbers are VOIP gibberish. I finally answered to an French speaking, strong African accent man that tried to convince me of jumping on this trading account offer that included a 150$ sign-in bonus. I argued with him a while and then his “supervisor” who also had the same accent. In between them, I could hear all the chatter (and African music) around them as long as them arguing. Very unprofessional and shady.

    No broker operates that way. I pointed out all the scam alerts on the internet about the company and they aggressively asked if I personally verified every one of those accounts. Of course not, what does that prove ? They both repeated that this was done has bad press by their competitor in order to steal clients in the long run. Both had the same (rehearsed) answer. I explained that no other legit broker I Google has any of those auto-complete red flag labels.

    I still had a bit of fun with both over the hour long call. They told me they traded over I-don’t-remember-what platform and that they had a license, and they wouldn’t have one if they were fraudulent. They told me they traded Bitcoins so I jumped on the opportunity to have them explain to me what Bitcoin was. Both gave me a short Joe-the-plumber explanation. When I asked them to explain precisely what the blockchain, difficulty and blocks were and how those concepts functioned, they stumbled and went on with gibberish. One of the guys heard “difficulty” and went on to explain to me that the difficulty with Bitcoin was that some countries don’t accept it. I explained that difficulty had to do with mining and that with a finite number of Bitcoins, the more people were mining with ASIC devices, the more the difficulty was going up. I also pointed out that people were not buying (or mining) Bitcoin or Alt coins to use them as currency, but to speculate on the value of the currency. All this went over his head and I had to repeat 5 times.

    All-in-all they always redirected the conversation to they key selling points. That 150$ sign-in bonus, the guarantee of returns and a 3 to 6 % a day profit. When I heard that figure I could not hold back the laughter. No investment can make that much profit. That’s up to 2 070% interest per year… … … guaranteed…

    The call finally ended with me just trying to sympathize with them just cold calling and relying on a number’s game. Just admit this is a scam, I asked on and on. They hung up.

    1. Oh I forgot, they pointed out that THEY called ME, and asked “why and how would we have your number ?”. As if this was a proof of legitimacy. Quite the opposite ! I explained that I can open of the yellow pages right now, pull out any number, call the person and tell them I have his/her number. I also pointed out they didn’t know anything about me other than my number and that I live in Canada, proving that they are picking numbers for a scam call list these companies share among them.

  22. This company is a complete scam. They are all over the web with horrific reviews from people saying they are being cold called from them everyday.

    The +44 0203 ****** numbers appear they are calling from london but this is fake. 0203 prefix numbers can be bought by anyone for just £3 per month.

    There is little you can do about these scammers apart from block their numbers which i do but only after I keep them hanging on the phone as long as possible. I like to waste their time.

  23. I get these calls all the time.

    I usually just leave the phone on the bench and walk away while they talk to themselves and eventually hang up – waste their own time – after I’ve tried in the past to ask for my number to be removed from their database and also had the rude replies to questioning their ethics.

    Today’s call, as soon as she said HQ Brokers, I said, I’d love to hear more about it but this isn’t the best number because I’m disconnecting it today. Could she change my number to my new landline +61 3 9613 7366 and call me back on Monday.

    That’s the number for the Australian Ffinancial Ombudsman. I hope I don’t hear from them anymore.

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