Tagged: fraud

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

Jon “Ukyo” Montroll Pleads Guilty on Bitcoin Related Fraud, Operated WeExchange & Bitfunder

Jon Montroll, also known as “Ukyo” – former operated of two crypto businesses WeExchange and Bitfiunder, pled guilty to securities fraud and obstruction of justice charges leveled against Montroll in New York Federal Court in New York this week. Montroll launched Bitfunder in 2012 where… Read More

Billy McFarland, Fyre Festival Founder, Slammed by SEC in Fraud Settlement

Multi-year offering fraud raised at least $27.4 million from over 100 investors The Fyre Festival was billed as a super luxe musical festival to be held in the Exumas (part of the Bahamas) populated by models and the super cool. Celebrities like Bella Hadid, Kendall… Read More

CFTC: NY Court Orders Dillon Michael Dean to Pay $1.9 Million Penalty Pertaining to Bitcoin Fraud

In early 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Dillon Michael Dean of Longmont, Colorado and his company, The Entrepreneurs Headquarters Limited. The UK registered firm and Dean have… Read More

SEC Chair Jay Clayton Comments on New Presidential Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud, Points to Risk of Initial Coin Offerings

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton has posted remarks on the establishment of the “Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud.” The Task Force was announced today as an Executive Action by President Donald Trump. Clayton said he believes “cyber threats present some of… Read More

Standard Chartered Announces Partnership With RegTech Firm Silent Eight to Lead Global Fight Against Financial Crime

Standard Chartered Bank announced on Monday as part of its continued efforts to lead the way in the global fight against financial crime, and through its use of regtech, it has partnered with Silent Eight to deliver capabilities to its Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) teams…. Read More

SEC Obtains Additional Order to Freeze PlexCoin ICO Assets

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has received an additional emergency court order freezing the assets of Dominic Lacroix. The freeze is part of an ongoing enforcement action that stems from some time ago. The SEC had previously sued for securities fraud and had obtained… Read More

Here is the Preliminary Injuction filed by the SEC Against Titanium Blockchain and their ICO

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, posted an update on the Titanium Blockchain enforcement action that reviewed the preliminary injunction filed against the firm. A quick review of the update indicated little new pertaining to the SEC’s move to shut down the… Read More

SEC Issues Another Emergency Order Pertaining to ICO by “Blockchain Evangelist” Michael Stollaire & Titanium Blockchain

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has received a court approved emergency asset freeze and the appointment of a receiver for Titanium Blockchain Infrastructure Services (TBIS) pertaining to an initial coin offering (ICO). Between November 2017 through at least January 2018, the ICO succeeded in raising as… Read More

Hosho Founder: Regulators Must Crack Down on Cryptocurrency Fraud

Last week, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced Operation Cryptosweep – an attempt to shut the door on scam initial coin offerings (ICOs) that have polluted the digital assets marketplace. The profound abuse and fraud has marred this new sector of finance harming… Read More

CFTC Argues in Court It Can Regulate Fraudulent ICOs as Commodities

Last Friday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission argued in a Boston courtroom that cryptocurrencies are tradable commodities that can be regulated under CFTC purview. The argument comes after lawyers for Randall Crater and Mark Gillespie of My Big Coin Inc. attempted to have fraud charges… Read More

Fiserv Teams Up With Rippleshot to Offer Early Breach Detection Solution

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a global provider of financial services technology solutions, announced on Monday it has partnered with Rippleshot, a fraud analytics firm, to offer Card Risk Office Fraud Warning, an early breach detection solution that allows financial institutions to identify potential fraud events 30-60 days… Read More

Madoff Like: Shanlin Finance Cons $9 Billion in Ponzi Scam in China

According to a report in Xinhua, eight people were arrested in Shanghai for an astounding Ponzi scheme that rivals the Ezubao fraud and the Madoff scandal. Allegedly, more than 60 billion yuan ( or US $9 billion) was stolen from investors by Shanlin Finance a peer… Read More

Telegram Founder Pavel Durov is Latest Target of Twitter Spoofing Crypto Scam

This crypto spoofing scam has become almost predictable as it happens all of the time. Crooks attempting to steal cryptocurrency will try and spoof Twitter accounts to make it look like a trusted, known individual or business is giving away ETH or BTC only to… Read More

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 with 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