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Real Scammer’s name and profile discuised

Disclaimer – This story has been written with the main goal of spreading awareness, scam prevention, and education. It represents real-life events, but certain details and names of the characters have been altered for the sake of anonymity. However, we used the actual web address and Instagram profile names of the alleged scammers. 

Professional account and a professional scammer?

Quite often a single fraudulent individual might promote several scams. One such person had an Instagram profile named fx_with_marian_. It was supposed to be a professional account of a broker who helps people with investment opportunities and trading advice. It displayed pictures of a well-dressed businesswoman, stock photos of day trading, inspirational quotes, and so on. Sadly, these scheming set-ups are dime a dozen on social media, and they quickly pop up and disappear. Their main purpose is to defraud several unsuspecting victims and vanish. 

Grandiose promisse as a tactic to pull their victims in

A netizen minding his own business, let’s call him Victor, got approached by Mrs. Marian Wilson. She gave grandiose promises of being able to do wonders with Victor’s money. If Victor were to deposit $500 he would receive 5 grands in less than a week. Naturally, he was intrigued. Who wouldn’t? A chance to gain ten-fold on an investment in a week, you would be crazy to pass this opportunity! So he thought and so he accepted Marian’s services. She patiently guided Victor through the process of buying and sending Bitcoins to her wallet. Mrs. Wilson explained it was an obligatory step so she could start making money for Victor on Everything was going fine when Marian emerged with unexpected news. The financial growth hit the first obstacle. The trade reached a halt, and to continue Victor had to invest an additional $1000 in BTC. It seemed like an easy fix, so he bought more BTC and sent it to Marian. To his great surprise, it worked and after only 3 days his gains grew up to $13K.

At first, it worked and the money kept pouring in, but then…

When lo and behold, his trading account crashed into another glass ceiling. Victor would have to upgrade his current investment basic level package into the gold level deal, and his riches could continue growing. All he had to do was provide more Bitcoins worth $3000. Tempted by the prospect of dazzling tens of thousands of dollars, Victor was undeterred. He bought more BTC and gave it free willingly to Mrs. Wilson. It took only a couple of days more for Victor’s $13k account to grow into $23k. Needless to say, he was overjoyed. They came to an agreement that he was able to withdraw his money about which he was happily daydreaming. Nevertheless, on the day when he wanted to take his coveted prize, he discovered that he needed to pay another $5000 to collect his earnings. Since there had been no mention of such steep transactional fees whatsoever, Victor was furious. Marian provided a lukewarm explanation that it was the requirement of the gold level account and she left him with that. Victor had none of it and he tried to withdraw his well-deserved money, but all he got was a notification transfer pending asking him for $5000. Victor didn’t have these funds and he didn’t want to pay, slowly realizing he lost money to a scam. 

Moral of the Story

This story is an example of how con-brokers use social engineering to entice targets to invest more and more money. They provide reports and fake figures to create an illusion that the victim is quickly gaining large amounts of money. However, a problem always appears and a person is left with a decision – pay money to later receive much larger funds. The trouble is there are no much larger funds, there are only money-grabbing excuses. 


  • Melody
    Posted October 11, 2022 at 11:47 am

    I was approached by a guy named Abdul khan on Facebook and we became friends, after a while he asked for my whatsapp number I gave him,then we started chatting every day. I was honest with him about not wanting to trade after realizing that I don’t budge he pretended to love me.,to get me to trust him. After 2 weeks he opened. a trading account for me asking me to trust him and I did but I only started putting money after a month which was 2500 after a week I received an email from Albert Sebastián saying that I should pay 600$ for data because I won’t be able to continue to trade, forwarded the message to Abdul khan and he said I shouldn’t worry how much do I have he will help me because he wants me to get my profit,then I gave him R3200 after a week when I was about to request my profit I received another email saying I should pay for commission fee of about 600$ again forwarded the message to Abdul and he said that standard practice I should not worry I should pay R5000 and he will pay the rest and indeed I payed 5200 and he said he paid the rest while at it another email came through saying I should pay for transfer fees mind you I made loans because I was desperate to pay all my debts. Abdul said that I should pay what I have and I only had R4300, I payed and he promised to pay the rest like he always did or so I thought. Funny thing is that very same day he did not speak to me before going to sleep like we always do.The following morning I called him he didn’t pick up and later called to say he is busy in the office wd will talk later. Around 15:00 I left him a message enquiry about my payment because he was not answering my calls he ignored me. At night I went to my trading account requesting for a withdrawal and I was told via email to contact my support, then Abdul messaged me saying that he received a call from the office regarding me what did I want I told him that I want my profit and he told me that they need more transfer money of about R4000.I ha have his four contacts numbers, pictures, proof of payments and conversations, please help me get my money I’m up in debts because of their lies

  • Rita
    Posted October 11, 2022 at 11:48 am

    I invested with clearsave but something seems weird, they are not
    responding to my emails and phone calls…i am really worried,
    starting to think they are scam

  • Brandon
    Posted October 11, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Hey Rita, are they fraud, I see their website has been shut down, if someone has
    more experience with clearsave please share, i want to know more and
    save myself until its too late?????????????????????????

    • Brandon
      Posted October 11, 2022 at 11:50 am

      Cannot tell for sure if they are a scam but a lot of things doesn’t
      match in the puzzle during my interaction with the person that claims
      he is in charge of my account….suddenly after paying i am getting
      call much less and now they are asking me for more fees and whenever i
      start with the subject of wanting to withdrawal, they are explaining
      how i should wait more and im gonna earn much more if i pay that
      fee…really weird, i would like some help please!!i want my money

  • Trinity
    Posted October 11, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    I was engaged in a dating application by a young woman claiming to be
    moving to NYC and searching for real love. She introduced me to Fortis
    Enterprise and helped my sign up to MetaTrader 4 with a server named
    FoticEnterprise. Lost $2000 to them

  • Xhantilomzi Bonga
    Posted October 12, 2022 at 8:26 am

    I was asked to deposit money to a South African guy called Steve Bower a sum of R9000 then gave me login credentials then I would check investment later I couldn’t log in they spoke about FICA documents that were needed first then after the site wasn’t operating well I also recruited someone who paid close to R20000 until now we had nothing

    • Ivorry Backer
      Posted January 31, 2023 at 4:28 pm

      OHHHHHHH…SO BAD!!!!! You see, you shouldn`t hire someone to do something for you that you don`t know a lot about… let’s see if there is someone with a similar or the same situation as yours and to perhaps connect you together and see if we can find a solution together. We will get back to you ASAP


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