Less than a week after announcing its first US introducing broker partnership, IG Group’s binary options exchange in the country, Nadex, has released a statement saying scammers are targeting its client base.
According to the exchange, a company calling itself Peak Nadex Trader is targeting its clients.
Despite the name, Nadex said that it has no connection to the people operating Peak Nadex Trader.
According to the statement, the scammers have been pretending to offer a managed account service in return for a percentage of any profits earned.
Managed accounts, whether it be for foreign exchange or binary options, have long been a favorite for scammers operating in the retail trading industry.
It generally involves someone taking control of your trading account or advising you on which trades to make.
Initially, those trades are likely to be successful, allowing the account manager to encourage their victim to pump more money into their account.
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Once they have deposited as much as they think they can get from a trader, the account manager will then make them lose all their trades or simply refuse to let the trader withdraw their funds.
Still breaking the rules
It seems most likely that the people operating Peak Nadex Trader are running this same scam.
But even if they aren’t, they’re still breaching the binary options exchange’s rules.
According to Nadex’s own terms and conditions, a trader “may not give control over [their] account to any other person or entity and may not control the account of any other [m]ember.”
Thus, and without wanting to be too much of a tattle-tale, if you are letting some random person handle your account, you are breaching Nadex rules.
It is unclear as to what the punishment for doing this can be.
Nadex only said in its statement that users who pass their details on to someone else “may be subject to disciplinary action.”