✔️ Information reviewed and updated in February 2024 by Pedro Martínez González
A scanner is a way of calling something that is fraudulent or that it is a scam. That's right, as you may already know, here we will tell you how you can detect if your broker is a scam in a few points.
✨Domain and security certificate
The first thing you should look at is the domain of the website. If this is http then be suspicious, because if it does not have the s (https) then it means that the site does not have security certificates or user protection.
On the other hand, you should also pay attention to the domain since the most common is to find .com, .org, .es or .mx. If you see that the domain has a .ico, .live or .club, among others, it is likely that the broker is untrustworthy Well, many sites that use exotic domains is because they have been banned from the main hosting services.
✨ Risk note
If you want to verify that your broker is not a Scanner, then go to the bottom of the website, since the risk notice or note stipulated by the European, Australian and American ESMA regulations must appear in the footer.
Those brokers that do not have the risk notes stipulated by the ESMA at the bottom of the website or notices of another kind, then they are not regulated. This is because an unregulated scanner does not meet ESMA requirements.
✨ Who operates the broker?
Another point to take into account is the company that is in charge of operating the broker, since this can give us an indication of the legality and honesty of the same. To verify it, you must go to the part of terms and conditions or information from the broker.
If you do not find any reference to the broker's operating company or they only refer to it as “the company” or “the operator”, and none to the legal name, then it is likely that there is no company behind it as such. This is a bad sign, as many traders are ghosts.
✨ Office address
Those who are quite picky users will love this point. And is that The process is very simple, you must take the registration address of the broker's company, which you can find in the terms and conditions.
Then take that address, go to Google Maps and paste it; give enter and wait for the magic. When the result of the Google Maps search comes out, the next step is to verify the place and see if a Trader's offices can really be located there. or if it is a desert place.
✨Reports and opinions
There are platforms specially designed to report fraudulent brokers. Alerts are usually launched on these platforms, backed by users and organizations, which act as a kind of complaint. In this way people can know if the broker is reliable in an accurate way.
Opinions and reviews are another fairly efficient way to find out if a broker is a scam or not.. Unlike reports, opinions tend to be more informal, since they do not have the legal backing of an institution. We can find many places to give opinions such as social networks.
Taking into account the broker's alliances is very important because they can give us an indication of whether it is a scanner or not. For example, if a broker has allies such as trading applications, Wallets or cryptocurrencies, we could say that it is reliable.
On the other hand, if you see that among its applications there are some strange ones and of which you have never heard about them, that when you click them appear in Chinese or Russian, then you should be careful. What will give you more confidence? A broker that has as an ally a football team or a bank or one that uses a strange app.
✨Terms and conditions
The terms and conditions of a broker are like its legal declaration of operation. The first way you can verify if these are authentic is to enter this section; If clicking it doesn't redirect you anywhere, be careful.
On the other hand, If the terms and conditions are ambiguous, do not refer to the broker's operating company, have spelling mistakes, are not in your language or have ridiculous clauses, again you are facing a red flag for having unreliable legal documents.
According to the DOS regulation, A broker can only ask you for two legal documents to register your account: your ID or official identification and a proof of address or receipt of supplies. This is because requesting more information would violate data regulations.
If the broker asks you for a lot of information, even sensitive and very personal information like your bank details, you should be careful. For no reason, a broker can ask you for information to validate your account beyond what is authorized in the regulations, if it does it it is a scanner.
✨ Contact forms
If when you contact the broker's phone, this number appears as "non-existent" or if a Bot answers you when writing to the chat, it is likely that the page does not exist. This is because many brokers use unreliable or invented contact forms to pretend that they do have them.
✨ Website design
Finally, a One of the clearest ways to detect a broker who is a forerunner of one who is real is the design of the website. This is because many fraudulent platforms are a copy, of the copy, of the copy of the same design.
If you find two brokers with the same design, for example, that use the same template, the same colors and even similar logos or the same information, it is likely a fraud. This is because many fraudulent brokers only clone and clone their pages to upload them when the previous ones are banned.