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    • Irritated34
    • By Irritated34 7th Feb 17, 9:05 AM
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    Section 75 Binary Options claim
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    • 7th Feb 17, 9:05 AM
    Section 75 Binary Options claim 7th Feb 17 at 9:05 AM
    Hello, I'm new to the forum so please excuse me if I get confused!

    Back in July 2016 I joined a Binary Option site called Option.fm.
    To cut a very long story short, I'm disabled and I was looking for a way to top up my monthly income as I have had to cut my working hours.

    The company looked legitimate and I signed up.

    Using their very clever ways, they promised that they could make me money by following the advice of their very experienced account managers.
    I did what the advised, but by the end of August I had lost all of my deposits, amounting to just under 18,000.00

    As soon as the account went down to next to nothing, I complained to the company but they did not help me. I contacted my credit card company, they were very sympathetic and after investigation started a chargeback. Last week they told me that it had been unsuccessful and that they were passing it onto Section 75. This department contacted me yesterday, and told me that they would have to contact the company involved, I stated that they would not get very far as this Binary options company were on many Internet forums, where other people had also been scammed. The gentleman at section 75 did not seem very interested, and did not inspire any confidence in me.
    I am going out of my mind with worry, as I can not afford this debt on my very small income.
    I have reported this scam to ActionFraud and have spoken to the police about this, they agreed that it was a scam.
    I have done some research and understand that if the Section 75 claim fails I can then take it to the financial ombudsman but there are no guarantees.
    If anyone can give me any advice I would be very grateful.
    Thank you
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    • Kimmy12
    • By Kimmy12 11th Oct 17, 1:50 AM
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    My partner, who is much older than me (past retirement age) has unfortunately been drawn into this binary trading. He has no idea at all what he is supposed to do, and has only just told me about it, after several months of worry. He has parted with 6,500, and admits that he was subjected to very high pressure selling tactics. He was naive, and I'm relieved he stopped at 6.5K - from what I read online it could have been much, much worse. He tells me he was told to take out a loan, and that the broker even suggested he should use his pension pot. It's bad enough, but could have been disastrous. At the moment, the amount in his trading account is only about 600 lower than what he has invested. However, when he clicks on the My Account button, there is no withdraw button showing, for him to apply to withdraw funds - I cannot understand this, as the website claims that all you need to do is click on the my account button, then the withdraw button,and type in the amount you want to withdraw. Impossible, as the withdraw button just isn't there. I am at a loss, and would welcome some advice.
    • bigadaj
    • By bigadaj 11th Oct 17, 2:13 AM
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    My partner, who is much older than me (past retirement age) has unfortunately been drawn into this binary trading. He has no idea at all what he is supposed to do, and has only just told me about it, after several months of worry. He has parted with 6,500, and admits that he was subjected to very high pressure selling tactics. He was naive, and I'm relieved he stopped at 6.5K - from what I read online it could have been much, much worse. He tells me he was told to take out a loan, and that the broker even suggested he should use his pension pot. It's bad enough, but could have been disastrous. At the moment, the amount in his trading account is only about 600 lower than what he has invested. However, when he clicks on the My Account button, there is no withdraw button showing, for him to apply to withdraw funds - I cannot understand this, as the website claims that all you need to do is click on the my account button, then the withdraw button,and type in the amount you want to withdraw. Impossible, as the withdraw button just isn't there. I am at a loss, and would welcome some advice.
    Originally posted by Kimmy12
    Unfortunately that money is basically gone, these outfits are based offshore and are unregulated.

    Only answer is to write off that money and make sure he never goes anywhere near anything like this again.
    • Kimmy12
    • By Kimmy12 11th Oct 17, 7:27 PM
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    Thank you bigadaj. That is what I expected. I have contacted the FCA, who have informed me that Plus Option is an illegally operating scam. They put me in touch with Fraud Watch, and I have filed a report with them. As my partner didn't authorise the final deposit, his bank is pursueing the possibility of a charge back for that final amount. They have explained that they have attempted to assist other customers (in the same situation) in this way, with varying degrees of success. I think it unlikely he will ever see his money, but the advisor at the FCA suggested that it was reasonable to ask his bank to look into this for him. We await developments with little hope of a happy outcome. Until this happened I had never even heard of binary options. My partner is upset and embarrassed, so is unlikely to share what has happened to him with others, and therein lies the problem with these scams. People just don't find out about them until they fall into the trap themselves.
    Last edited by Kimmy12; 11-10-2017 at 9:54 PM.
    • eco_warrior
    • By eco_warrior 11th Oct 17, 8:59 PM
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    Chargebacks for this are next to impossible, esp since mastercards change in stance in April this year. Ive seen folk lose nearly 100k to it
    • Kimmy12
    • By Kimmy12 11th Oct 17, 11:24 PM
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    So all you have to do to avoid prosecution for fraud is be "difficult to track down". I'll remember that when I embezzle my next million.

    Binary options, and any kind of trading with instruments, is not a scam, it isn't fraud, it's not illegal. It is legitimate business, the same as online casinos are.

    With respect, I doubt that the police agreed with you, and I doubt even more that they just shrugged their shoulders and said we can't do anything because they're difficult to track down.

    I would believe they said they couldn't do anything because no fraud has been committed.
    Originally posted by bearcat16
    Actually when I filed a report to Fraud Watch about this exact same thing - though with a different online trading platform to the one stated by the OP - the person at Fraud Watch said it WAS illegal and WAS a scam. His exact words.
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