Is there a WhatsApp group for investments

You got rich, very quickly and easily. In the YouTube video, the men proudly pose in front of a new car and open a bottle of bubbly. To whom they owe this, they also announce: "Thank you, Daniel." This Daniel, who allegedly made her rich with his stock market tips, speaks up at the end of the video. If you also want to earn that much money, you only have to send the two words "Hey Daniel" to a specific telephone number via the Whatsapp messenger - and you will get the best stock market tips on your mobile phone.

But as beautiful as the promises may sound at first, they are also dangerous. Because the "Hey Daniel" service recommends gambling on the stock exchange. It's about so-called CFDs. Behind this abbreviation stands the English term Contracts for Difference. This allows investors to bet on all possible price movements: stocks, commodities, currencies. CFDs are leverage products where investors reap particularly high profits, but can also lose everything in one fell swoop.

The creators are trying to encourage investors to gamble via Whatsapp. They send a link to an app that investors can use to trade CFDs. In addition, there are new messages every day with instructions on what investors should bet on. For example, on the oil price falling. "The Hey Daniel Group is fueling the expectation that every private investor can play along with the gamblings of the professionals and get rich quickly," says Niels Nauhauser, financial expert at the consumer advice center in Baden-W├╝rttemberg. "That's fraud, nothing else. The professionals are always one step ahead of the little ones." New information would flow into the exchange prices within seconds. By the time they reach the Whatsapp group, they have long been processed by professionals.

But the makers are harmless. They send out colorful pictures with course developments - and keep reminding you how terrific their tips are. Alleged chat histories with users serve as evidence. Once there was a photo of a Rolex watch that the user supposedly could only afford because he had gambled successfully. Or as Daniel writes: "Really great trading." A few days later there is a picture in which someone is holding fanned out hundreds of euro bills. The gamer mentality that "Hey Daniel" propagates is reminiscent of a casino, says Nauhauser. "Whereby the players in the casino at the roulette table can at least work out the probability with which they will win or lose".

The makers did not respond to inquiries about how the business model behind the free stock market tips worked. The publicly viewable profiles and messages suggest that money is being made through the recommendations of certain apps and providers. On the YouTube profile, for example, there is a note that the operator receives "a one-time commission under certain conditions".

But not only the business model remains unclear - also who is behind it. Until recently there was a website on which the creators advertised "Hey Daniel" and recommended certain apps. The page can no longer be accessed, but a web service archived it until August 2016. In the imprint at that time there was a media agency with an address in Cyprus. You can also see which data was stored when the page was registered. The agency appears again, and a German cell phone number is also stored. If you call, the mailbox answers. "Leave a message for...". Break. Then a tinny male voice says: "Baron von M├╝nchhausen."