How I can convince bank to proceed with chargeback for the scam broker?

I've tried to call my UK's bank to explain my situation, but as soon they've heard it's about a scam trading company, they say the chargeback doesn't apply for trading accounts according to their policy.

The Bank is right. You willing and knowingly transferred the funds. So from Banks point of view, there was no breach of security leading to fraud.

However, I believe I was dealing with a non-existing company, talked to not-traceable people, my payment details got stolen

Which is right in your case. However Banks have no jurisdiction in such cases. In theory it could that you transferred funds to some genuine company and got some goods / services in return. Now are unhappy and claim the other company is fraudulent. It would be for law enforcement / courts to read you contract with the company and determine if there was fraud or breach of service etc. The court order would then issue instructions to relevant institutions to initiate recovery.

using VISA Debit Card (they don't respond as well)

Visa / MasterCard networks only deal with institutions as they are members. An individual has relationship with Bank and not with Visa/Master.

How can I try to explain the situation to my bank, so they can proceed with chargeback? Should I call them again, or put it in writing along with some evidence?

Calling in such cases doesn't help. Do send a formal written complaint clearly stating the facts [avoid conclusions]. However I don't think Banks may do anything on their own. It is best to lodge a formal complaint with law enforcement.

There're some other companies, which can help by offering consulting services, but they charge 25-30% of the recovered funds, which is too expensive. So I'd like to try it first on my own.

Like mentioned in comments, no 3rd party can get your money back. The remote possibility is law enforcement, however for smaller amounts [from their point of view] they may not be motivated to put in the required efforts.

3rd parties can and do help people recover money lost to scam brokers.

A retainer fee should be standard for these companies since any recovered funds in these cases always go directly to the purchaser and not to any 3rd party.

These are tough cases, as banks will commonly not have trained their employees - even their "Dispute Experts" in this area of chargebacks.

The first point to consider when communicating your issue to the bank is that this is an authorized charge - for this reason the issuer - the bank will get confused if you call it "fraud."

(Fraud to bank agents refers to unauthorized charges or counterfeit cards and the like).

You have a "service-related" chargeback on your hands with the reason being "Not as Described." Visa has the advantage in these cases, with their sub-category "Misrepresentation."

Your best bet is to examine the entire situation, the parameters of the services that you were expecting to receive (expressed and implied - ie in website content), what was provided, who provided it (are they qualified - authorized aka able to have provided the services that they claim to have provided...

Then build your case, gathering evidence of the above and present it to your issuer (usually the bank).

A proper fund recovery company will also provide communication and negotiation services, and will represent their client and their case to bank agents.

Doing all of the above - including showing proper communication and negotiation efforts with the broker - properly will cost you many hours of learning and work.

This is what people pay for when they enlist a reputable recovery company. There aren't guarantees of getting your money back, but in tough cases some chance can be better than no chance.

There is a chance you'll be successful with working your own chargeback, but practically speaking there's a very small chance of success trying it on your own.

This said, you should thoroughly vett any company you work with, checking out their registrations and any licences they're supposed to have. If they're in a random place like Belize or the Marshall Islands (among others) it's an automatic bad sign as these are places that don't have strong consumer protection regs in place, so it's easier for scammers to get away with their crimes by being registered in these places.

One last note is that you may still be able to work a chargeback. You would have a max potential of 540 days from payment dates to raise chargeback claims, though it has to be within 120 days of cancelling the faulty services.

Good luck


If you book a flight with your credit card, and the airline goes bankrupt and you get no flight, that was an entirely legitimate transaction, and the credit card company will refund your money. The credit card company reimburses you if goods or services are not delivered.

But in this case, you didn't pay for goods or services. You (believed that you) invested money. You don't get reimbursed if you invest money, and things go wrong.

Credit card companies have fraud departments. You could have called their fraud department before handing over your money, and they would have told you it is a scam - it was so obvious. Your credit card company won't pay a penny.

As far as companies are concerned that chase after the money for you: If the charge 25% of the money recovered, that would be great if the recovered anything and you got 75% back. It's not going to happen. Scammers are usually good at one thing: Taking the money to a safe place where it cannot be recovered.

You paid for a learning experience. The next time you'll know better.