Yes, they are very good at gaslighting. So, that's the tactic they use once that person doesn't want to follow their steps. It's very effective for people who are looking for something serious but blinded by all the lies.
Very good to hear that you avoided to become one of their victims.
Although this scam is not new and I still see a lot of people losing their savings into this, which is quite sad. Hopefully the voices are loud enough to put pressure on MetaQuotes Trading Platform (MT4 and MT5) to verify and authenticate all these fake brokers before allowing them to use it to conduct illegal scams like this.