A market maker Forex broker provides pricing and execution by taking the opposite side of his clients trading orders. A market maker Forex Broker earns from the spread between the bid and offer price. Usually spreads offered by Market Makers are very high and that is why professional traders prefer other types of brokerage, and especially ECN Forex Brokers.
It is very difficult to determine a scam broker until they ran away your money in a so called -legal way.
If your broker is a market maker, you will not be charged any commissions. You will only pay the spread of the currency being traded. If you are using an ECN broker, then you will pay commissions outside of the spread.
It depends on the broker, but generally you can start with as little as 1$.
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