Antares - Is it investment fraud? Yes!
Antares gives the impression that investors are offered excellent conditions to make money online trading as fast as it is safe. But with Antares, it is all investment fraud. Not one cent has been invested. Everything the investor sees on his screen is fake. The money has landed right in the pockets of investment scammers. Nothing is traded at Antares. When calling, Antares employees behave very pushy and even yell at investors when they want to get out. Can you report any experiences like this? What help is available in case of investment fraud? How do investors get their money back from dubious providers? What can investors do who have been defrauded by Antares?
Antares: Promises on the website are groundless and dubious
What must the dumbfounded visitors to antares.trade receive? "Antares international platform offers a variety of high-yield instruments with different marketing, risk level, and income. With their help, each of you can increase equity many times over, regardless of your location.... We have great plans to implement a wide range of investment programs and products, as well as a range of financial education, mentoring, and support activities." That's just a small sample of the over-the-top assurances prospective customers can find on Antares' website. Not a single one of these given promises by Antares has been kept. Sadly, the dubious business practices rather make for disappointed investors and bad experiences!
Antares: The domain entry is hidden!
Of course, the investment scammers do not want people to easily track them down. That is why the website does not have an imprint with the full details and the address of the website operators. Also, the domain data of the antares.trade website does not contain any indication of who once registered the site, but only that the registration was made on 10.12.2018 with Name.com, Inc. and the real domain owners are - quite expectedly for us - hiding behind an anonymization service called Domain Protection Services, Inc.
Antares: Who is behind it?
Investors will not be able to answer this question. The investment scammers disguise their identity perfectly - almost. This is normal because they regularly operate various websites where they offer their fraudulent business model. It is no secret that Antares has already pulled a new platform name out of the hat. Antares investors are now supposed to switch to Alcor (alcor.trade, registered on 29.07.2021, also anonymized of course), where of course everything is supposed to be better, more awesome, and even more profitable. Cases like this are common practice, and always when a system like Antares starts to go down the drain. For example, as soon as it is targeted by the courts, causing too much unrest and possibly threatening to damage the company's image, the creators of such a system will do everything they can to keep their flock in line so that they continue to believe in the "success story" and the alleged exclusivity, as happened in the case of Antares.
Antares: Why the name change?
It is hard to imagine if the sheep would jump off and in the course of this threaten to withdraw their entire capital from the system. Or to put it briefly: Why should an oh-so-profitable system - even a brand - change its name and start practically from scratch, if everything is going right and running well? In our opinion, the answer to this question is self-explanatory. Especially since Antares-refund.com - an alleged site that was supposed to be there to recoup the losses incurred by the investors in the course of Antares - another attempt was started to stall the victims and to keep them from taking further, possibly legal steps.
Antares: Who is the operator now?
On the Antares website, there is only insufficient information in this regard. Besides the obligatory support email address email@example.com, which one finds only after a long search in the long text of the Terms and Conditions, looks for the potential investor then however in vain for a contact telephone number. Also one does not find a business address on the web page. As CEO one is presented in many videos and almost sect-like an Alex judge. Only that the man, who is to be seen there, is not Alex judge, but a Russian named Alexey Zhirovkin, which came already more often than it could be dear, with the justice into contact. So it's no wonder that back in 2012 he found himself far away from his Russian homeland in the Dominican Republic. There, the authorities leave him alone for the time being and even granted him a permanent residence permit; it is highly questionable how this came about.
Antares: International searches
A worldwide search for Antares in the relevant registers leads to one result. One finds an entry in the Hong Kong Commercial Register with the number 2806412, the exact company name is Antares Limited. This company was registered on 21/03/2019, but this does not mean that it has permission to conduct financial business. We summarize A Hong Kong company and a Russian CEO with a criminal past, operating under a false name and fleeing from justice to the Dominican Republic. Is this the "success story" that investors should believe? Hardly. To us, it looks more like the dark machinations of a highly criminal organization from which one should steer clear. We believe Mr. Zhirovkin is part of a larger gang. And this is where we come in. With our research tools, our investigation team has succeeded in tracking down investment fraudsters.
Antares: FSMA warning
It is not surprising that Antares has already come under the scrutiny of the Belgian Financial Services and Market Authority (FSMA) due to its business conduct and questionable appearance. So this was warned already on 04.03.2021: "Antares (www.antares.trade) - The Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) warns the public about the irregular activities of Antares, which is active via antares.trade. This company offers investment services in Belgium without complying with Belgian financial legislation.... However, this does not prevent this company from selling so-called "investment packages" via the Internet that promises unrealistic returns.
Moreover, the system offered by this company resembles a Ponzi scheme..."
Antares: Warning from the Russian Central Bank and other regulators
This warning was echoed by the Russian Central Bank on 01.06.2021, naming in its warning not only the ostensible address in Hong Kong but also the many domains that come into play in the name of the Antares construct: "Antares Limited (Antares Trade)
Name, service mark, commercial designation, and other means of individualization of the person: Antares Limited (Antares Trade)
Signs established by the Bank of Russia: Signs of a "financial pyramid
Address of provision of services by the person*: 18 Salisbury RD Tsim Sha Tsui, 75 VF MX, Hong Kong
Site on the Internet: antares.trade, antares1.trade, antares2.trade, antares3.trade, antares4.trade, antares5.trade, antares6.trade, antares7.trade, an4ares.trade, trade-antares.ru"
Canada's British Columbia Securities Commission also warned against Antares on 06/02/2021, as did Spain's Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) on 06/14/2021.
Antares: Warning against successor Alcor
Due to all these public warnings issued by regulatory institutions in 2021, it is now also clear why a new, bigoted guise for Antares was needed and Alcor was launched. It's just a pity that Alcor has already been targeted by the authorities as well. So, again, the Russian Central Bank issued a public warning on Sept. 14, 2021, this time about Alcor:
"Alcor Limited, Alcor
Name, service mark, commercial designation, and other means of individualization of the person: Alcor Limited, Alcor
Signs established by the Bank of Russia: Signs of a "financial pyramid
Site on the Internet: alcor.trade, alcor1.trade, alcor2.trade".
It is certainly only a matter of time before other regulatory institutions become aware of Antares and Alcor and warn of their criminal activities.
Antares: Scheme of investment fraud
The investment fraud follows the same pattern: investors initially put in a small sum - usually 250 euros - are impressed by how quickly this amount increases and are therefore prepared to "invest" ever higher sums. The annoyance shows up when an investor wants to have his money paid out, because then flimsily first of all taxes, commissions, fees or anything else must be paid. Unfortunately, many investors are much too slow to realize that they have fallen for investment scammers who never intended to pay out the money again.
Antares: What help is available for investment fraud?
What investors should do in the case of investment fraud, ask themselves many angry investors, makes nevertheless the setting of a criminal complaint little sense, because criminal complaints serve primarily the prosecution, but not the recovery of the money. What help is available in investment fraud cases and how do affect investors get their money back? A lawyer specializing in investment fraud knows how to follow the money trail, because as they used to say, money is never gone, but somewhere else. At the present, one can add: It is difficult, but with the appropriate tools it is possible to track money digitally regularly - even if it was transferred with Bitcoin via a Crypto Exchanger.
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