Binary options scams are in essence one of the reasons Fair Binary Options came to existence. We saw a niche that has potential but is full with fraud and unethical activities. As the binary options phenomenon has grown, so have various ways fraudulent binary options brokers found to trick their customers. While regulation from the side of CySEC and other bodies such as the FSA, ASIC and others did help to bring a minimum set of standards binary options brokers must adhere to, we are still seeing widespread use of shady practices that can cost traders money.
Read more about regulators in binary options. In this respect it is also fair to say that not always binary brokers are those who cause losses.
Many customers are not aware of risks that binary options trading carries. As with any other form of financial speculation, short-term trading can be very risky and this is one of the reasons customers who did not attain desired results sometimes make internet noise.
However, this is not only their fault, as the recent research by the French stock market regulator — AMF revealed. Sometimes these risk disclaimers get lost under loads of advertising, pushy phone calls and false promises. We will show some of their results in this article, along with some binary options scam tactics we encountered while reading numerous e-mails on our support mail. In short, AMF found that some binary options brokers do not follow all standards and regulatory guidelines, and that they use advertising tactics that can trick customers into believing that binary options trading is not risky or in some cases that profits are even guaranteed.
As we try to improve the transparency of binary options industry, this report, along with our own experiences can be used as an excellent guide for beginners who understand the risks to binary options trading and like the fact that there is an easy way to take part in financial markets.
As the number of traders grows, so does the number of brokers in this very competitive industry. Many of them are regulated now and are bound to provide good service most of the time.
It is rarely that Fair Binary Options experienced complaints about regulated binary options brokers, however there were instances when they have managed to steal from customers.
Also there are many examples of binary options brokers that we never got any complaints about. AMF reports a year to year increase in blacklisted binary options brokers that already passed the number of Forex brokers Picture 1. It is only natural that once something becomes popular as binary options did, that scams will show up and try to take their piece of the cake.
Of course, scam brokers are ruining the reputation of the entire industry, but at the same time, unfair and unbalanced reporting caused maybe even more harm. Media outlets were flooded by stories about binary scams and warnings not to trade binary options, without any understanding of what binary options really are and how markets work.
It was common to read a story published without a single fact and without additional research on what other side has to say. By focusing on victims, journalists often seemed to forget how they are reinforcing stereotypes about an entire industry.
Undoubtedly, Times of Israel helped a handful of readers to warn others about scams and raise awareness about binary options scams. Instead of responsible reporting, media created an atmosphere of fear, and Times of Israel even urged to support the policy of banning all binary related industries from Israel.
These stories took their toll, and many brokers decided to leave Israeli territory in every way and take their business elsewhere. Considering how the new law was planning to ban customer support companies and IT companies involved in the development of binary platforms and software, this decision is not surprising. However, after initial enthusiasm, the Israeli Knesset decided to take a summer break and now it seems that the new law will be much less repressive.
However, the damage is already done, and more than a few brokers went offshore. That scams create an unfriendly environment for a specific type of business or industry is no news. The same thing happened not only with forex industry, just a couple of years ago, but also every time some novelty occurs in our lives.
It can be concluded that despite the unfriendly treatment by the media, binary options are now entering a new, more serious era, as we all witnessed many brokers being closed down due to new market regulations and rising competition. Instead of focusing on the safety of traders, they were acting in typically bureaucratic manner — always passing new bills, policies, rules, and fines focused on regulated brokers while leaving unregulated entities to operate as they like.
Now even regulators are becoming more proactive and even stricter when it comes to ensuring a safe trading environment for the trader. There are many examples that these scams have hit the media, especially when it comes to Forex brokers. In binary options, which is a smaller industry, scams are usually smaller, but it does not mean they hurt people who got scammed less because of that. However, AMF shows, the number of complaints is growing. We have already mentioned that one of the ways binary options brokers trick customers into depositing is to downplay risks to trading.
This is outright fraud since in most cases they rely on uninformed customer. This binary options scam happens even before customer deposits money.
While it is normal in every business to highlight pros and hide cons, with financial investing it is a good case practice not to hide risks from the customers. According to a former employee of one scam broker who decided to give an interview to Times of Israel , operators who work with such brokers are taught to talk about binary options in a specific way, in order to convince the potential trader to make a deposit:.
Yes, it is easy to trade binary options operationally, but some effort is needed to master skills that will make traders better at fundamental and technical analysis. AMF highlights various cases where risk of losing the invested money was downplayed or not even mentioned.
Also, some binary brokers were found not to do any due diligence by finding out more about the customer — like asking for job, income. In some cases not even. One of the big cases was the one of R. Swannel who showed results that did not stem from actual trading. He was sued by CFTC. This scam technique is extremely popular among different binary trading robots that lately pop up from nowhere.
Unlike in the past when there were only few reputable binary software available, nowadays everyone who has some programming knowledge can create basic software that looks legit. Such binary software are usually accompanied with catch phrases and elaborate storylines that have only one goal — to convince you that binary trading can make you a millionaire.
We at Fair Binary Options frequently wrote about this type of scams to help traders learn the difference between the good and the bad binary trading software. The worst type of binary options auto trading scams are those that downplay the risk while hiding behind the disguise of expertise.
Such was Professional Binary Robot scam that was hiding behind the face of prog. So, you are at home one day, minding your own business when a phone rings. A guy from some company is calling you to present you with an amazing investment opportunity. Within this call the customer will in most cases receive information that is close to the binary options scam we described in the first point.
There is another problem with this, the binary broker representative has your phone number and you have no idea from where. The same thing happens with other products so it may not ring alarm. However, the same binary options scam happens with e-mails. This is something that is not always shared in public directories as the phone number. We call this cold calling — it usually involves binary options broker who buys user lists with personal information and calls potential customers.
In some cases they buy leaked and stolen databases and call customers that already trade with different brokers. Sometimes they even go further by using the data and calling the customers as if they already made a decision to deposit. In case the person is reluctant, they simply use simple manipulating techniques and make trader think less of himself as they wonder why is he unable or unready to grab this amazing opportunity.
One woman in Cyprus was arrested, trying to sell stolen data. She was employed with a broker who reported her to the police after suspicious behaviour. She will press charges soon. Read more about this interesting case. One of the most interesting cases that involved cold calling was the one regarding SW1options broker.
SW1options scam called a man, out of the blue. The man, who never took interest in binary trading before, quickly understood that there is no chance it will be possible to achieve returns promised. He simply declined the offer but warned British media about it. What happened later involves unlicensed business operations, false claims, and promises, and offshore account.
Read more about SW1options binary scam. We have had several situations where our own staff received e-mails from companies that they never signed up with.
This is extremely bad since people must trust a broker when they promise to keep their information private. This way these scammers are destroying the reputation of the broker where they got the data and the whole industry. We already blacklisted some binary options brokers for this. Traders can see which ones are we talking about in our black list. This is a very broad area but we will try to explain this on an example, while other examples can be found in parts of this article discussing bonuses, withdrawal processing problem, etc.
Recently a customer sent us an e-mail about not being able to withdraw profits from CTOption. This rule is not mentioned under section on withdrawals. We see this as vey unethical and we have asked the responsible person about this, but never got an answer. We consider this a binary options scam. You will be able to read more about this on our blacklist soon.
Some traders will find it interesting how there are brokers that support forex and binary options trading, or even binary trading robots that have no terms and conditions at all! It is completely understandable how some may say that terms and conditions are completely redundant, especially nowadays when we must accept terms and conditions for every service, product etc.
In case of any form of trading, make sure to take a good look at terms and conditions as they often help to tell a good broker from a bad one. Also, sometimes they copy terms and conditions belonging to another broker, and use them as their own.
Scams are so careless that they live the name of the broker they stole from. Serious terms and conditions are not few paragraphs that could have been written by a 1st-grade student.
They are legal documents and they define every situation that may occur. Also, they are written in easy to understand way without any ambiguous sentences that can be translated in whatever the broker finds suitable. Also, keep in mind that every type of service, promotion, financial transaction etc. ESMA and CySEC both took this issue seriously, especially regarding binary options bonuses that were the main tool of manipulation when it comes to funds.
Read more how binary scams use false data and vague terms and conditions to take your money. Many binary options brokers offer 1-on-1 sessions, personal account managers and more to make their traders feel special by providing them with personalized care.More...