One of the alluring characteristics of binary options is that they are available to everyone, and not just traders with significant funds. Most brokers require a minimum deposit of $200, which is quite low compared to other types of financial services available on the market. One would think that those $200 will simply multiply as they progress as traders, but they would be wrong.

The FBI estimates that the scammers steal $10 billion annually worldwide.[11] The use of the names of famous and respectable people such as Richard Branson to encourage people to buy fake "investments" is frequent and increasing.[12] Articles published in the Times of Israel newspaper explain the fraud in detail, using the experience of former insiders such as a job-seeker recruited by a fake binary options broker, who was told to "leave [his] conscience at the door".[13][14] Following an investigation by the Times of Israel, Israel's cabinet approved a ban on sale of binary options in June 2017,[15] and a law banning the products was approved by the Knesset in October 2017.[16][17]