Tagged: fraud

UK FCA Says Loan Fee Scams Now Most Common Fraud

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) says that loan fee scams is now the most common scam in financial services topping investment fraud. The shift is largely due to the emergence of online lending as victims are targeting while searching for loans on the internet…. Read More

SEC Adds Charges Associated withe Centra Initial Coin Offering Fraud, Says Raymond Trapani was “Mastermind” Behind the Scam

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released additional fraud charges affiliated with the Centra Tech $32 million initial coin offering (ICO) that raised money in 2017. Ealier this month, the SEC filed a complaint against Centra Tech, Sohrab “Sam” Sharma and Robert Farkas regarding… Read More

SaveDroid Raises $50 Million in ICO, Company Disappears with Mocking Website as CEO Taunts Backers

SaveDroid appears to be the latest in a long line of initial coin offering scams. Adding insult to injury, the website home page posted a mocking image stating “aannnd its gone” while the CEO tweeted photo stating Thanks guys! Over and out … #savedroidICO –… Read More

ATM Coin Issuer Hit with CFTC Enforcement Action Alleging Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has fired off another enforcement action against a questionable cryptocurrency operation. The CFTC has charged multiple individuals, and several companies, with fraud involving ATM Coin (asset trading market coin) and binary options. The CFTC filed the Complaint in the… Read More

Renwick Haddow, a Cryptocurrency Con Man, Extradited to the US from Morocco

Renwick Haddow, a UK national, was extradited from Morocco to the US for committing fraud that saw over $36 million stolen from investors. The extradition is just part of a long criminal saga by Haddow. Last year, the SEC joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the… Read More

Centra Tech ICO Hit by Fraud Allegations, Defendants Charged Criminally and Arrested. This One was Pumped by Floyd Mayweather

So what is it with boxers and bogus initial coin offerings? The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a complaint alleging securities fraud with another ICO. This time it is Centra Tech, the creation of Sohrab “Sam” Sharma and Robert Farkas. The ICO reportedly… Read More

SEC Says Fintech Mozido was Just Another Scam to Enrich Founder Michael Liberty

The SEC has charged the founder of Mozido, Michael Liberty, as operating a Fintech scam. Liberty, along with his accomplices, allegedly stole the bulk of $48 million they raised. The money was apparently used to fund a posh lifestyle that included private jet flights, mansions,… Read More

Galileo Announces Expansion of Services; Launches Fraud AI Solution

Galileo, a U.S.-based payments processors and program management firm, announced on Monday it has grown and even expanded capabilities that address timely issues impacting the payments industry, including fraud and cryptocurrency. Founded in 2000, Galileo claims to be one of the largest payment processors and… Read More

Russia Follows USA to Tighten Cryptocurrency Regulation

The Russian Parliament has started finalizing a draft bill on cryptocurrency and digital tokens recognising them as assets that cannot be used in exchange for goods and services. The draft aims to define the scope of the regulations of cryptocurrencies, not their prohibition, according to… Read More

SEC Smacks Down Persistent Alleged Fraudster Steven Muehler Who at One Time Announced a “National Crowdfunding Stock Exchange”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against Steven J. Muehler, his wife Claudia M. Muehler, his associate Koorosh “Danny” Rahimi and and three companies under control. The SEC enforcement action alleges operating an unregistered broker dealer, facilitating unregistered securities, defrauding small businesses while promising… Read More

ID Finance to Incorporate Behavioral Biometrics to AI-Based Fraud Scoring Engine

ID Finance, the emerging markets fintech firm, announced on Tuesday it is incorporating behavioral biometrics into its AI-based fraud scoring engine to eliminate fraud while boosting loan approvals and reduce the incidence of non-performing loans. According to the company, the behavioral biometrics system studies the unique typing… Read More

Belgian Financial Services Markets Authority Warns of Fraud in Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms, Publishes List of Alleged Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The Financial Services Markets Authority (FSMA) in Belgium has added its voice to the growing list of financial regulators warning consumers about fraud in the cryptocurrency realm. The FSMA says that recently a large number of new platforms offering the chance to invest in cryptocurrencies have… Read More

SEC Charges Former Crypto Exchange BitFunder and Founder Jonn Montroll with Fraud

  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) swooped in and filed fraud charges against a former Bitcoin-denominated platform and its founder Jon E. Montroll with operating an unregistered securities exchange and defrauding users of that exchange. The SEC added that the operator also made false and… Read More

New Jersey Halts Cryptocurrency Firm Bitstrade from Fraudulently Offering Unregistered Securities

The State of New Jersey has issued an emergency order halting Bitstrade, a firm that promised “investment profit guaranteed” via cryptocurrency related investment plans. Bitstrade posts that 960 “happy investors” have used their services. Bitstrade claims to be able to return 10% interest accrued daily… Read More

The ABCs of Investing in ICOs

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have recently become very popular, causing investors of all levels of sophistication to consider buying ICO tokens (or coins). Regardless of whether you view ICO tokens as “investments,” or whether you want to buy tokens for their utility function to make… Read More

Slam the Brakes: SEC Halts AriseBank Initial Coin Offering that Claimed to Have Raised $600 Million, ICO Pumped by Boxing Champ Evander Holyfield

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has slammed the brakes on another initial coin offering (ICO) that flouted established securities laws. The SEC obtained a court order halting the AriseBank ICO that targeted retail investors to invest in the “world’s first decentralized bank. AriseCoin’s public… Read More

Watch out for the Traps! RiskIQ Says Over 600 Bitcoin Apps in Official App Stores May Scam Users

Digital threat management firm RiskIQ is out with a report that smartphone Apps are a hotbed for scams and hackers in the cryptocurrency space. Having reviewed 18,408 Apps across 20 different App stores, RiskIQ says it has uncovered 661 “blacklisted” Bitcoin Apps allowing crooks to… Read More

My Big Coin Ends Up Being My Big Con as CFTC Files Fraud Charges Against Randall Crater, Mark Gillespie and Ongoing ICO

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has shut down another initial coin offering with allegations of fraud. The ICO unfortunately named My Big Coin (MBC) ends up becoming My Big Con as the enforcement action has charged defendants Randall Crater of East Hampton, New York, Mark Gillespie of Hartland,… Read More

Happy Friday: CFTC Files Second Cryptocurrency Enforcement Action Against CabbageTech, DBA Coin Drop Markets

The CFTC Division of Enforcement Virtual Currency Task Force has been rather busy. Today, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has shared two enforcement actions filed against Bitcoin / Cryptocurrency related fraud cases. The first was against the Entrepreneurs Headquarters Limited, the second was filed against Defendants Patrick… Read More

US CFTC Files Enforcement Action Against UK Registered Company, the Entrepreneurs Headquarters Limited, Alleging Bitcoin Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Defendants Dillon Michael Dean of Longmont, Colorado. Dean’s company, The Entrepreneurs Headquarters Limited, is apparently registered in the UK. The documentation filed… Read More