Binary Option Scams

Trading Binary Options with an unregulated binary options broker is basically gambling. Many binary option brokers are not regulated, and many brokers are based in tax havens or places like Marshall Islands, St Vincent’s, Seychelles or Vanuatu.

This causes many people to assume all binary options are scams, however, the truth is not all brokers are scams. Trading with a licensed & regulated broker is the smart thing to do! Read about regulated brokers here.

Automated Robots & Trading Systems

Most brokers offer some type of trading signals to their clients. There are a few brokers who actually have trading signals software. We have many articles about binary option robots and signals see here.

You can read more detailed reviews of broker on Scam Broker. There you will find reviews of legitimate and scam binary option brokers.

Recently, The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission decided to include binary options in the list of financial instruments that fall within the remit of the Investment Services and Activities and Regulated Markets Law. You can find the complete list of investment firms here.

Here is a quote from one Binary Options brokers website.

Like many other instruments that take their value based on the value of an underlying asset, binary options have no centralized exchange on which they’re traded. Brokers sell contracts directly to buyers with no third party involvement, known in the financial world as over-the-counter trading. Since binary options are almost exclusively traded over the internet, this allows brokers to establish themselves in areas with favorable financial regulations. Many brokers, for example, are based in Cyprus which has a low tax rate. Other than local taxation policies, there is little regulation for trading binary options. Their over-the-counter platform and various broker locations work together against the implementation of any real regulations.

It is imperative that someone who is considering trading binary options does their research before giving a broker their money. By simply performing a search and reading reviews for a given broker, a trader can ensure that their money is held securely and responsibly.

This broker is telling you to not open an account with a binary options brokerage firm, unless you verify that they have a good reputation.

Two issues that constantly come up with Binary Option Brokers are:

  • Do they allow you to withdraw your profits?
  • Are their quotes correct?

For example, If you are placing a bet on the EUR/USD. What price are they quoting? Is it the same price you see on the CME Globex, Interactive Brokers, FXCM? Each broker makes up their own prices. When trading Binary Options on a stock. Is the broker using their own data? Are they taking quotes from the NYSE, NYMEX and Electronic exchanges or from their own internal system.

Here is what many brokers write in their disclaimer about market prices.

Option quotes displayed on the platform are indicative rates that the company is prepared to sell options at, and may not correspond to either live market quotations or quoted rates at the point of sale.

When reading reviews it is important to know who is writing the review. You are better off speaking with friends who actually have an account with that broker and have had experience trading real money with them before you decide to open an account.

On June 6th 2013 the US SEC put out an investor alert regarding binary option scams. Read entire alert on the SEC website here.

Our most recent check on April 11th 2016, shows more than 200 different Binary Option Brokers, with many scams still active. See the complete list below.

We have not been able to verify that all of them are still operational but the ones with links are actively trading.

24Option CTOption StockPair
Alpha Binary Crown Finance Millennium Options Scam Broker
AlfaTrade Daweda Exchange Nadex Stern Options
AnyOption Dinero Libre Olimp Finance TORoption
Ashford Investments ETX Binary Option888 Trade Thunder
Ayrex ETX Capital Opteck TradeSolid
AVA Trade Expert Option Option League Traders Forum
BDSwiss EZ Trader OptionClub Trade Financial
Binary Options Robot EZ Trade Options Option Fair
Binomo FMarket Capital Option Robot TraderVC
BinaryOnline Forest Park BX OptionRally TitanTrade
Binary Mate Grand Option OptionStars Global Trade360
BinaryCent GT Options Origin Option uCapital
BinaryTilt GOptions OxMarkets Vantage FX
Binary Uno HighLow OlympTrade WMOption
Black Box Robot Hedgestone Group Plustocks Wynn Finance
Boss Capital IQ Option PrestigeFM ZoomTrader
CFTC Licensed Broker Infonix PlusOption Zone Options
Capital Bank Markets ITRADER PepperStone
Core Liquidity Markets Innovate Markets