Tagged: pump and dump

Crypto Pump-and-Dump Groups Creating $7 Million a Month in Fake Volume

Security researchers from the Imperial College of London say cryptocurrency pump-and-dump schemes are creating at least $7 million a month in fake volume, money presumably scalped from crypto traders not in the loop, Technology Review reports. On November 14th, for example, researchers Jiahua Xu and Benjamin… Read More

China Flags Crypto “Airdrops”

As part of ongoing government efforts to quash initial coin offerings (ICOs) in China, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has extended prohibitions to cover “airdrops” -the promotional distribution of free cryptographic tokens- which may possibly be being used now in China to circumvent the… Read More

Riot Blockchain Restructures as Chairman & CEO John O’Rourke Departs Under Allegations of Microcap Fraud

Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ: RIOT), a crypto company that engages in mining, development of exchange and mining pool platforms, and other investments within the sector, has announced a restructuring following the departure of CEO and Chairman John O’Rourke. O’Rourke departed the firm following an enforcement action by the… Read More

Wall Street Journal Alleges Widespread Presence of “Pump Groups” Manipulating Crypto Markets

Wall Street Journal writers Paul Vigna and Shane Shifflett claim to have identified 175 coordinated crypto “pump and dump” groups manipulating crypto markets in their favour. The journalists analyzed data and online communications of traders from January of this year to July and identified 121… Read More

SEC Alleges Manipulated Trading in HD View 360 Shares, Names CEO and UK Broker Dealer in Fraud Allegations, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Pursues Criminal Prosecution

HD View 360 Inc (OTC:HDVW), another company that issued a press-release mentioning Blockchain only to see trading in their shares suspended, has been hit with an enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission along with a related criminal prosecution. The SEC first issued an… Read More

Here is the CFTC Document Outlining the Whistleblower Plan for ICO Pump & Dump Scams

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has a Whistleblower program in place regarding pump and dump schemes for virtual currencies and digital tokens. Virtual currencies would line up with Bitcoin, Ethereum etc. while digital tokens are from the thousands of initial coin offerings that blur… Read More

Pump & Dump Digital Currency: Commodity Futures Trading Commission Warns Investors to Watch Out for These Scams

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued a warning to consumers to beware of pump and dump scams that have become somewhat prevalent in initial coin offerings and digital currencies in general. The CFTC says it has received complaints from customers who have lost… 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

Gregg Mulholland, Previously Charged by SEC for Pump & Dump Scheme Involving Rudy Ruettiger, is Charged with Illegally Selling Penny Stock Shares

The SEC has charged Gregg R. Mulholland of secretly accumulating “at least” 84% of shares in Vision Plasma Systems.  Once Mulholland effectively controlled the company, he liquidated shares for proceeds of approximately $21 million.  The SEC states that no registration statement was filed on the… Read More

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