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Scammers Impersonate Canadian Tax Authority, Threaten to Deport Recent Immigrant, Use Bitcoin ATM to Steal $62 500

Telephone scammers pretending to be representatives from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently used threats of deportation and a bitcoin ATM to defraud a recent immigrant in Charlottetown PEI out of $65 000, CBC reports. Now a Charlottetown court has ruled that the Bitcoin ATM… Read More

Fraud: SEC Shuts Down Blockvest ICO that Allegedly Falsely Claimed SEC Approval & Created a Fictitious Regulator: the “Blockchain Exchange Commission”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken action against an initial coin offering (ICO) that falsely claimed to be approved by the SEC. The enforcement action was filed against Blockvest LLC and company founder Reginald Buddy Ringgold, III. Additionally, the SEC obtained an emergency… Read More

SEC Charges Former LendingClub Execs, including Founder Renaud Laplanche, with Misleading Investors, Breach of Fiduciary Responsibilities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged LendingClub Asset Management LLC, and former President Renaud Laplanche with fraud for improperly using fund money to benefit LendingClub.  LendingClub Asset Management, Laplanche, and former CFO Carrie Dolan, also were charged with improperly adjusting fund returns. The… Read More

Judge Rules that CFTC Has Jurisdiction in Case Against My Big Coin ICO & Allegations of Fraud

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In January 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) leveled allegations of fraud and misconduct against My Big Coin, an initial coin offering (ICO) that was said to fleece $6 million from investors. My Big Coin fought back when defense counsel said the CFTC had… Read More

SEC Lawsuit Against Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform iFunding Alleges Fraud Scheme to Misappropriate Investor Funds [u]

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a complaint against real estate crowdfunding platform iFunding, along with co-founders William Skelley and Sohin Shaw. The complaint alleges that Skelley and Shaw pursued a “fraudulent scheme to misappropriate investor funds.” CI Senior Contributor and securities attorney… Read More

SEC Says Canadians Accused of “Plexcoin” ICO Fraud Refusing to Cooperate

The SEC told a New York courtroom Tuesday that two defendants accused of selling a fraudulent ICO (initial coin offering) called “Plexcoin” have been ignoring court orders to document their assets and are refusing to “participate meaningfully” in an SEC court action against them. According… Read More

Korean Coinnest Crypto Exchange Execs Indicted for Taking Bribe to List S Coin

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The CEO of Korean crypto exchange Coinnest, who is reportedly already on trial for embezzling customer funds, has now been indicted for taking a bribe to list a controversial crypto coin called S Coin, Korea IT Times reports. The CEO of S Coin has also… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Warns Public of Bogus Bitcoin Investing Sites some Claiming Support of MAS Chairman

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a public warning on bogus websites that are soliciting investments in Bitcoin. At least two of these sites is using “fabricated comments” attributed to MAS Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. MAS says the statements attributed to… Read More

Dubai Police Commander Warns Citizens of Potential Crypto Fraud Risks

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Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, the Assistant-Commander of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Dubai Police, told attendees at a relevant forum in Dubai this weekend that a lack of awareness around possible criminal uses of cryptocurrencies in the UAE is putting citizens at risk,… Read More

OKEx Crypto Exchange Founder Questioned in Shanghai ICO Fraud Investigation

The founder of controversial crypto exchange OKEx has been questioned by Shanghai police regarding a case of suspected ICO fraud, Sina.com reports. The supervisor of the Shanghai Weifang Xincun Police Station, Lu Jun, issued a statement claiming that Shanghai police questioned OKEx founder Winxing (Star)… Read More

FINRA Charges “HempCoin” ICO-Issuer with “Unlawful Distribution of Cryptocurrency Securities”

FINRA announced today that it has charged the Massachusetts creator of the “HempCoin” ICO (initial coin offering) with securities fraud and, “the unlawful distribution of an unregistered cryptocurrency security…” FINRA, a Washington, DC-based self-regulatory organization of considerable might that presides over American securities brokers, claims that,… Read More

Riot Blockchain Restructures as Chairman & CEO John O’Rourke Departs Under Allegations of Microcap Fraud

Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ: RIOT), a crypto company that engages in mining, development of exchange and mining pool platforms, and other investments within the sector, has announced a restructuring following the departure of CEO and Chairman John O’Rourke. O’Rourke departed the firm following an enforcement action by the… Read More

Belgian Finance Authority: “The Number of Victims of Cryptocurrency Fraud Clearly Continues to Increase”

The Financial Services and Markets Authority of Belgium (FSMA) says it has been continuing to receive complaints from investors swindled by fake cryptocurrency platforms and is therefore reiterating its warnings to consumers: “Cryptocurrencies are the hype of the year. Fraudsters are well aware of that,… Read More

$46 Million Shopin ICO Founder Charged with Multiple Counts Grand Larceny and Fraud in New York

The CEO and founder of Springleap, Inc. and an ICO project called Shopin, which raised $46 million in an ICO (initial coin offering) sale this year, has been indicted on multiple counts of grand larceny and fraud for conduct related to the sale of “convertible… Read More

CFTC Wins Big Court Victory in CabbageTech / Coin Drop Markets Fraud Trial Involving Virtual Currencies Including Bitcoin

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has won a big victory in a trial against Patrick K. McDonnell and CabbageTech Crop – a company that was doing business as Coin Drop Markets. McDonnel, and his company, was assessed penalties and restitution of over $1.1 million as… Read More

Head of Indian BitConnect Scam Arrested

The man accused of leading the Bitconnect cryptocurrency pyramid scheme in India was arrested this weekend at an airport in New Delhi, Financial Express reports. Divyesh Darji was en route to Ahmenabad, the capital of the Indian state of Gujarat, from Dubai, where he had… Read More

How Not to be a VC: SEC Charges HBS Grad Mike Rothenberg with Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Michael (Mike) B. Rothenberg, and his firm Rothenberg Ventures with fraud. Rothenberg, and his company, has agreed to settle the charges without admitting nor denying the allegations incorporated in the SEC complaint. The SEC states that Rothenberg’s… Read More

SEC Issues Investor Alert on Self Directed IRAs, Includes Special Warning on Digital Assets such as ICOs

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an investor alert on Self Directed IRAs. As one would expect, the individual investor manages these retirement accounts without the assistance of an investment advisor. A self-directed IRA is held by a custodian that allows investment in a broader… Read More

Thai Bitcoin Scam Fleeces Finish Investor of $35 Million, Used Dragon Coin as Bait & Involved Famous Thai Actor

Aarni Otava Saarimaa, a 22 year old crypto investor based in Finland, used to be crypto rich. Today, perhaps he is less so after following afoul of a scam apparently hatched in Thailand. In a sordid saga shared by the Bangkok Post, a crypto investor… Read More

1000 People Petition US Government to Extradite Sky Mining Crypto CEO to Face Fraud Charges in Vietnam

Investors alleging that the CEO of Sky Mining, Le Minh Tam, defrauded them of $36 million dollars are continuing their fight for restitution, this time in the form of a petition at Change.org. The petition lists Tam’s passport number and claims he solicited contributions of… Read More

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