Tagged: fraud

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

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Warns that Online Bluegate Industrial Bank is Fake, Domain Registered in Benin

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has posted a warning regarding an entity calling itself Bluegate Industrial Bank USA, N.A.. The OCC said the firm claims to be an online financial institution offering regular banking products as well as loan services. Apparently… Read More

NASAA Publishes List of Cryptocurrency Concerns & Red Flags for Fraud

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has published a list of concerns and red flags regarding cryptocurrency investment offers. NASAA is the lobbying group that represents state and provincial securities regulators. Joseph Borg, the Director of the Alabama Securities Commission and current NASAA President… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

CBRC Rumored to Suspend Private Banks’ Online Lending Activities 2017 marks the third anniversary of China’s private banks. Over the past three years, 17 private banks have been granted operation licenses. However, as the volume of these new institutions grew, the overall financial regulatory environment… Read More

SEC Emergency Action Halts PlexCoin ICO Scam. First Charges Filed by New SEC Cyber Unit

The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) scam that reportedly raised up to $15 million from thousands of investors since August. Dominic Lacroix, and his company, PlexCorps, had launched the PlexCoin ICO and falsely… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

People’s Bank of China Official Shares Opinions About Fintech Sandbox During the third development forum held by Shanghai Payment & Clearing Association, Li Wei, head of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) science and technology division, highlighted the importance of setting up trial-and-error mechanisms for… Read More

Priming the ICO Pump: Don’t Get Sucked In

If you’ve been under a rock for the last year or so, you might not know that “initial coin offerings” or ICOs are the hottest thing in the financial market today. As if the fact that the overwhelming majority of ICOs aren’t regulated in any… Read More

Confido Initial Coin Offering Vaporizes Leaving Token Holders with Little More than Digital Dust

Confido, a small Initial Coin Offering (ICO), has vaporized. The site, Twitter acount and subbreddit is no more. This is a cautionary tale for anyone who may blindly invest in an ICO without doing proper due diligence as this one looks like it is on… Read More

WePay Releases New Data, Notes SMB Payment Sector Challenges

WePay, an integrated payments provider for online platforms, released new data that shows a majority of US-based SMBs end the calendar year with at least one significant payments challenge which severely impacts their business. Conducted in partnership with Survata, an independent research firm, WePay polled more… Read More

Totally Bogus ICO Shut Down by SEC. RECoin Tokens Never Existed as SEC Claims Fraud.

The Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has shut down an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that claimed to allow investors to participate in an offer backed by diamonds and real estate. The SEC has charged REcoin Group Foundation, DRC World, Diamond Reserve Club, and Maksim… Read More

Fraud: CFTC Charges Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme in Enforcement Action

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a federal civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Defendants Nicholas Gelfman, of Brooklyn, New York, and Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. (GBI), charging the duo with fraud, misappropriation, and issuing… Read More

Fraudsters Attempt to Use JustGiving For Money Laundering Scams

JustGiving, a charity crowdfunding platform based in the UK, recently revealed it has been targeted by fraudsters who have been using the portal for money laundering scams. JustGiving describes itself as the world’s most trusted online giving platform. The platform stated its main mission is… Read More

Lock ‘Em Up: Ezubao Fraudsters Sent to Prison for Largest P2P Lending Scam Ever

Ezubao executives are looking at doing some hard time following the conclusion of proceedings at Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Peoples Court. Ezubao maintains the ignominious record of the largest peer to peer lending fraud ever. The Ponzi scheme has been estimated at pilfering over $7.7… Read More

SEC Office of Investor Education & Advocacy Warns of Potential ICO Scams as it Suspends Trading in Several Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), office of Investor Education and Advocacy, is out with a note on the booming Initial Coin Offering market telling investors to beware. The ICO market has grown rapidly with estimates topping $2 billion in token sales this year alone…. Read More

Final Judgement Document on Ascenergy Crowdfunding Fraud

Some times the wheels of justice move slowly. And sometimes the documentation associated with these wheels lag as well. File this one under recently discovered. The Securities and Exchange Commission released, this past June, the Agreed Final Judgement regarding the case of the Ascenergy crowdfunding… Read More

Bitcoin Fraud: SEC Files Charges Against UK Citizen Who Allegedly Sold Securities in Bogus Businesses

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against Renwick Haddow, a UK citizen living in New York. The SEC said the “clandestine founder” claimed to be the creator of a Bitcoin platform and a chain of co-working spaces located in former bars… Read More

Ethereum-Based Blockchain Platform AdEx Sets Date for Crowdsale & Syncs with Stremio

AdEx, a next-generation online ad exchange, will hold a crowdsale beginning Friday, June 30, 2017 to support the development of the platform and promote its adoption. During the crowdsale, 80% of the ADX token will be offered and the rest will be distributed to the… Read More

Research on Risk Shows Crowdfunding Has Significant Fraud Immunity: Here’s Why

It may be counterintuitive but the research has been done and the results are now in – and it’s as we’ve been saying for almost five years. Fraud in crowdfunding is not just almost non-existent –  so much so as to be hard to measure,… Read More

Starting GoFundMes For Strangers Not as Simple as it Seems

In their 2016 Year in Giving report, GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon wrote; “When disaster or violence struck, ordinary people took it upon themselves to help heal the world by starting GoFundMes to provide relief and comfort to those who needed it.” The report highlights some… Read More