On 17 February, the Times of Israel reported that no charges had been laid, but investigators say he and a company provided software to manipulate financial data and help swindlers defraud consumers. The Israeli man founded a binary options trading platform which has been named by Austrian authorities as one of the masterminds of a massive “pan-European” fraud scheme. Austrian police have, since 2017, investigated an Israeli-run multinational ring of allegedly fraudulent call centres running financial websites. According to investigators, the ring duped consumers into investing in binary options and contracts for difference (CFD) — forms of gambling on supposed stock movements — and on cryptocurrencies, but used software that could manipulate the prices to ensure the fraudsters came out on top.
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