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Offline leonkamal

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Fraud by Stock Advisory Company
« on: October 19, 2016, 09:33:45 PM »
Dear Sir/Ma'am
I bought a paid service of a stocks advisory company based in Indore ( i live in Delhi) to invest in the stock market. The duration of the service was for 1 month. However even before the one month was over,the company representative began selling me a more expensive service under which the company would handle my trading account and get me sure shot profits. I was sceptical of this service and said no. The representative began constantly texting and calling me day and night for over two weeks, assuring me of 100% profit of 3-4 times and even claiming that he would refund me my money in case of loss. I have screenshots of these conversations that were sent over Whatsapp from both his company and personal number. Finally, i succumbed to buy this more expensive service for which i paid a certain amount for 45 days of service. As expected, within 10 days, i suffered heavy losses and all my account capital turned to zero.  Now with no capital left in the account, the company is refusing to trade anymore, asking me to transfer more money in the account. However no such provision was mentioned earlier ( i.e i would need to transfer more money if they turned my capital to zero).  Moreover on digging up further i found that the reports of past performance that the company had put up on their website are all false and cooked up. Their representative who was handling my account is now not responding to my calls. The phone numbers listed on their website are not operational. They have not mentioned their phone number on SEBI website either - simply writing 000000 in the required field. (They are SEBI registered).
Also, they initially said that highly qualified researchers would handle my account in this expensive service. But later on, upon asking the contact details and qualifications of these 'researchers' they claimed that the 'researchers' are kept 'hidden' from the client and their names and identities can't be revealed to the client. They further claimed that the company has bought certain softwares and database packages that will ensure sure shot profit for the client and that these are valid only till 27th October and hence i must hurry to buy their plan.

They have a no refund policy.

In the light of the above facts, can i take any action against them, given that they are now refusing to provide me a service that i paid for? Also the manner in which their representative sold me the package, despite my constant refusal  (100% return, money back guarantee etc.) is unethical and based on wrong information about the company. I have the Whatsapp conversations saved with me where these claims were made and where i'm constantly telling him that i can't afford the risk. Can these form the basis of some action by the SEBI or any other agency? If yes, to what extent can i recover my money?
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Fraud by Stock Advisory Company
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2016, 02:05:14 AM »

This is a classic case of misspelling to defraud and eventually cheat you.
If the advisory is SEBI regd, you can complain to SEBI to take action. You can in addition initiate criminal compliant for cheating against the advisory firm.

I wonder if you will ever be able to recover your money but do not give up and fight it out.  There was criminal element to cheat since the very beginning going by your statement and is not a case of genuine market related loss that occurred in normal market trading activity.

Hope this helps.

Balaji Srini FCA., LL.B.


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