Tagged: ponzi

Outcry as Alleged Crypto Ponzi Fairwin Eats Up Bandwidth on Ethereum

Trading of an Ethereum-based crypto token called FWIN (Fairwin) is consuming over 50% of the “gas” (used to set transaction fees) on the Ethereum network. Basically, the company responsible for FWIN, Fairwin, based in China, has a very busy token. But according to Cointelgraph, Fairwin… Read More

SEC Halts Diamond Related ICO, Charges Crypto Business Argyle Coin & Jose Angel Aman with Multi-Million Ponzi Scam

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has receved another emergency court order halting an alleged initial coin offering (ICO) fraud. According to the SEC, a $30 million Ponzi scheme, led by South Florida-based Argyle Coin, and its principal Jose Angel Aman, targeted over 300 US… Read More

OneCoin: Huge Crypto Ponzi Perp Konstantin Ignatov is Arrested in LA as Feds Close In. “If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is”

On Friday, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney, part of the Department of Justice, issued a statement regarding ongoing Ponzi scam OneCoin stating that alleged perpetrator Konstantin Ignatov had been arrested at the Los Angeles airport. Ignatov was hit with charges of wire fraud conspiracy regarding the… Read More

Indian Police Arrest 10 in “GB21” Crypto Ponzi Fraud Case

Cybercrime police in the Indian city of Pune have arrested 10 individuals accused of defrauding 8000 investors in a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme called “GB21.” According to The Times of India, the leader of the scheme, Amit Bharadwaj, and his brother Vivek, ran a company called Gain Bitcoin,… Read More

Fake Halal Crypto Ponzi Falls Apart in India

A fake halal cryptocurrency pyramid scheme targeting Muslim investors in India has fallen apart in the Bitcoin bear market, in part due to scrutiny from regulators, Deccan Chronicle (DC) reports. Father-and-son team Syed Fareed and Syed Afaq Ahmed reportedly tapped a network of “ulemas” (Muslim… 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

SEC Halts Ad Packs Ponzi Scam that Raised Over $38 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission has posted a complaint, filed in September, against Miami-based Pedro Fort Berbel and his company Fort Marketing Group. The SEC says that Berbel and his company operated  a Ponzi scheme that used a fraudulent internet advertising scam under such names… 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

Another One Bites the Dust: Chinese Police Shut Down P2P Lending Platform Esudai

Add Esudai to a growing list of fraudulent Chinese P2P lending platforms that are being shut down by the Chinese government.  Today Reuters reported that police in the Huizhou, Guangdong province, had detained 13 executives including legal representative and chairman Jian Huixing from the Guangdong Huirong… Read More

SEC: Telltale Signs of a Pyramid Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission has stepped up its public campaign against investment fraud in recent months. Either via social media or paid commercials, the SEC is clearly concerned as finance inevitably moves online.  This should come as no surprise to anyone that follows the… Read More

SEC Calls for Entry of Default Against Bitcoin Miners Gaw Miner / ZenMiner

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged two Bitcoin mining companies for a Ponzi Scheme last month as part of an ongoing investigation into the activities of Homero Joshua Garza. Yesterday the SEC filed for an entry of default as  Garza apparently has not responded to… Read More

Hong Kong Bitcoin Exchange MyCoin Closes Up Shop; Takes Off with $387 Million

On Monday (February 9th), CoinDesk announced that Hong Kong bitcoin exchange, MyCoin, has allegedly shut down and even took off with as much as $386 million in investor funds. The situation came to light on Friday when nearly 30 people claimed to be victims of the… Read More

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