Tagged: fraud

Crooked Crowdfunders: Prominent Crowdfunding Marketing Firm “Funded Today” Gets Fleeced But Fights Back & Wins

First Successful Arbitration Settlement Against a Crowdfunding Scofflaw Prominent crowdfunding marketing firm Funded Today is perhaps the most successful agency in their space today. Having helped to direct more than 300 perk-based crowdfunding campaigns to financial success, Funded Today has now been instrumental in raising… Read More

SEC Takes Action Against Bogus Articles Pumping Stocks

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has initiated enforcement actions against 27 individuals and entities behind promotional articles that did not disclose they were paid analysis cloaked as independent research. The SEC said investors were duped into believing they were reading unbiased articles when in… Read More

Jail Time: 41 Peopled Locked Up for Baiyin Wealth Co. P2P Fraud in China

In what is being described as Shanghai’s “first and high profile” peer to peer lending fraud case, 41 people associated with Baiyin Wealth Co. have been imprisoned according to China News. The case included the theft of approximately 700 million yuan or about USD $10.2… Read More

Ron Suber on Fintech & Fraud: A Global Challenge (Deck)

Acts of fraud have been around since the dawning of time. How fraud occurs is a never-ending, shape-shifting challenge for individuals, companies and public authorities. There will always be a new scam. There will always be another Ponzi or Madoff looking to separate hard-earned money… Read More

TransUnion Announces: As Personal Loan Delinquency Rates Rises, Online Fraud Continues to Make Significant Contributions to the Increases

TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) announced on Tuesday its latest data found that as personal loan delinquency rates rise, online fraud, which includes loan stacking, continues to make significant contributions to these increases. The credit information and information management service company noted that serious delinquency rates (90+… Read More

Breathometer Raised Money on Indiegogo & Shark Tank but it Doesn’t Work & Now the FTC is Forcing Refunds

Breathometer, the “world’s first smartphone breathalyzer”, raised $138,437 on Indiegogo back in 2013. The following year, Breathometer visited the studios of Shark Tank where founder Charles Michael Yim “blew the sharks out of the water.” He asked for a mere $250,000.  And what happened? All… Read More

Ezubao Fraud: Proceedings Commence on Shuttered P2P Lending Platform

The trial against Ezubao, once a high-flying peer to peer lending platform, has commenced.  The Beijing People’s Protectorate has started proceedings against Ezubao and its parent company Yucheng Holdings and Yucheng Global.  This is according to a report in China News. Apparently, 10 individuals will… Read More

FINRA Action on uFundingportal: Potential for Fraud Found on Crowdfunding Platform

uFundingPortal (UFP, LLC), disappeared from the ranks of approved Reg CF crowdfunding platforms in early November. Before their removal, a multitude of crowdfunding industry insiders questioned the operation and the investment offers posted on the site. The posted investments lacked transparency while proposing valuations and… Read More

FINRA Said to Ban uFundingPortal as Reg CF Platform

uFundingPortal (UFP LLC) went off-line last month after receiving regulatory approval to operate as a Reg CF funding portal earlier this year.  Crowdfund Insider reported the disappearance of the site in November as questionable companies were listed with bare bones information and outlandish valuations. Industry… Read More

Five on Trial for Gold Smuggling, Chinese P2P Lending Ponzi Scheme

In a follow-up to the Ezubao (Ezubo) shutdown, five people affiliated with the Chinese P2P lending platform that is accused of a Ponzi scheme are on trial for gold smuggling.  This is the first court case that is a part of a scandal that robbed investors of between… Read More

Insider: China Tells Regional Governments to Start Investigating Fraud

This past weekend, Crowdfund Insider reported that China government officials published a list of restrictions for peer to peer lenders. These were largely a rehash of previously revealed regulations directed towards internet finance and more specifically peer to peer lending. But the Chinese government is… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

CreditEase is Confronted with Another Tuition Loan Fraud Earlier this month, Chinese p2p lending platform CreditEase was confronted with another tuition loan fraud. TOEIC English, a TOEFL training institution which launched a collaborative tuition loan product with CreditEase, was found shuttered with no reason. Students… Read More

TransUnion Launches Fraud Prevention Exchange at Lend360 Conference

TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) announced the launch of its Fraud Prevention Exchange, an industry collaborative designed to combat online fraud at the Lend360 conference. The Fraud Prevention Exchange will leverage the power of collective data and help lenders face challenges brought on by originations fraud, including synthetic identity and loan stacking. TransUnion… Read More

EY Gets Caught Up in Failed P2P Lender Jinxing Investments

Shanghai Daily is reporting that global consultancy EY has gotten sucked into the collapse of peer to peer lender Jinxing Investments. According to the report, the Shanghai offices of EY has endured several protests becoming surrounded by angry investors who were under the impression that… Read More

Whatever Happened to the Ascenergy Crowdfunding Fraud Case?

The case of the Ascenergy crowdfunding fraud came to light just as Reg CF or Title III crowdfunding rules were announced to the public in October of 2015.   Ascenergy, an aspiring oil and gas operation, had raised about $5 million from approximately 90 investors,… Read More

As Skully Collapses, Lawsuit Heats Up as Founders are Sued with Allegations of Fraud

Last month it was reported that Skully, a company launched to create a super cool augmented reality motorcycle helmut, had jettisoned its founders as investors had enough of the lack of progress and mismanagement. Yesterday, TechCrunch reported that Skully is no more. While the very… Read More

Trendon Shavers Gets 18 Months in Prison for Bitcoin Savings & Trust Fraud

According to Reuters, Trendon Shavers, founder of the Bitcoin Savings and Trust company, received 18 months in prison and was ordered to pay back $1.25 million to his victims.  The sentence was handed down this week by US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Federal… Read More

88 Delicious Creator Alan Christopher Colton Receives 2 Year Suspended Sentence for Fraud

Alan Christopher Colton, who was previously convicted of fraud, received a two-year suspended prison sentence and a £100 fine earlier this week, according to the Times.   Colton, and his company 88 Delicious, a flavored Vodka brand, had previously offered shares in the company on Crowdcube… Read More