Tagged: scam

Crypto Industry Slams Wirecard and Misplaced Funds: “You don’t get what you expect. You get what you inspect.” 

Wirecard AG (WPI:DE)  has emerged as one of the most embarrassing financial debacles in years in Germany. The implosion of the Fintech has demolished the reputation of the former CEO Markus Braun who was subsequently arrested following the revelation of €1.9 billion in missing funds…. Read More

Coinsquare CEO Responds to Data Breach

Coinsquare, a Canadian crypto exchange, has responded to the reports regarding a “hack” and data breach that apparently revealed data of 50,000 users. As the story goes, Coinsquare was approached by a reporter at Vice that claimed to have seen a sample of the stolen… Read More

Asset Freeze: SEC Alleges Cryptocurrency Mining and Trading Operation Scammed $12 Million from Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained an asset freeze and other emergency relief against Daniel F. Putnam, of Utah, Jean Paul Ramirez Rico, of Colombia, and Angel A. Rodriguez, of Utah, who allegedly scammed over $12 million from over 2000 investors in a… Read More

What’s Going on with Peer to Peer Lender Grupeer?

  A couple of months ago Grupeer, a peer to peer lender ostensibly based in Latvia, shut-down all lending and allegedly halted all investor redemptions. In multiple statements, Grupeer management claimed the COVID-19 pandemic had harmed its ability to operate. At the end of March,… Read More

SIM Swap Traps BlockFi Too in “Temporary Data Breach”

SIM Swaps, the nefarious act when criminals surreptitiously take over your mobile phone with a different SIM card, hit crypto lending platform BlockFi earlier this month. BlockFi quickly posted an “incident report” outlining the scam: “From approximately 07:17 UTC to 08:43 UTC on May 14,… Read More

Alleged Cryptocurrency Thief is a Suburban New York High School Senior, Terpin Sues to Get Money Back

  Michael Terpin has sued 18-year old Ellis Pinsky, a high school senior living in the posh New York City suburb of Irvington in Westchester County. Terpin alleges that Pinsky was the perpetrator of a “sophisticated cybercrime spree” that saw over $100 million stolen in cryptocurrency… Read More

SEC Files Fraud Charges Against Individual Who Raised Money for Cannabis Related Companies, Allegedly the Money was Spent on Crypto, Adult Entertainment, Cars & More

  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against Steven L. Brickner of South Florida. Brickner allegedly committed fraud in relation to $5.5 million raised to invest in Cannabis-related companies including one called “High Country” in Colorado. According to the SEC, Brickner… Read More

Huh? dForce Hacker Pilfers $25 Million in Crypto then Returns the Funds

On April 19th, Mindao Yang, founder of dForce, confessed that $25 million crypto had been stolen from his platform. In a blog post, Yang said Lendf.Me, the lending protocol of dForce, was attacked and a vulnerability was exploited to steal the digital assets. Today, it… Read More

Fintech Investment Group and Compcoin are Targets of CFTC Enforcement Action for Alleged Digital Asset Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed fraud charges against Alan Friedland and his companies, Fintech Investment Group, Inc. and Compcoin LLC. The CFTC claims that Friedland and his Florida based firms fraudulently solicited over $1.6 million in connection with a leveraged or margined… Read More

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority Warns Public of Potential “Profit Bitcoin” Scam

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority (FMA) announced on Monday it has concerns about the website “Profit Bitcoin” has the hallmarks of being a scam. The organization revealed it was made aware that the digital currency platform is advertising on Facebook by promoting false news about… Read More

Bitclub Fraud Suspects Look for Early Release Due to Coronavirus Fears

The alleged fraudsters involved in the BitClub $722 million crypto fraud are looking to be released from the county jail over fears of the COVID-19 pandemic. In December of 2019, the US Justice Department announced the indictment of three individuals. Matthew Brent Goettsche, 37, of… Read More

Asset Freeze: SEC Shuts Down Alleged Meta 1 Coin Digital Asset Scam the Involved Former Washington State Senator

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has shut down an alleged “ongoing securities fraud” orchestrated by former Washington state Senator David Schmidt along with two Florida residents, Nicole Bowdler and Robert Dunlap – who was doing business as Clear International Trust. The SEC said that… Read More

The SEC Charges Opporty International & Founder Sergey Grybniak with Fraudulent ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Sergii “Sergey” Grybniak and his company Opporty International, Inc. for an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering. According to the SEC, Grybniak and his company raised $600,000 from around 200 investors during the sale of unregistered “digital asset… Read More

Another Alleged Scam ICO: SEC Pursues “Convicted Criminal,” Boaz Manor, Who Offered Fraudulent Initial Coin Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced another enforcement action targeting a bogus initial coin offering (ICO). According to a release, the SEC has charged convicted criminal Boaz Manor, his business associate, and two businesses, CG Blockchain Inc. and BCT Inc. SEZC, with raising… Read More

Another Malicious Crypto Wallet App Stealing Private Keys and Data

Harry Denley, director of security at MyCrypto, “an open-source…tool for generating ether wallets,” has warned the public about a malicious crypto wallet app called “Shitcoin Wallet,” which, according to Zero Day, “was caught injecting JavaScript code on web pages to steal passwords and private keys… Read More

BitClub Network Cryptomining Promoter Detained in Florida Until Trial

Citing a “serious risk of flight,” Judge William Matthewman has ordered the pre-trial detention of Jobadiah Sinclair Weeks in Florida. Weeks is one of three men arrested in different parts of the U.S. in early December for allegedly carrying out a $722 million USD cryptocurrency “mining”… Read More

Chainalysis: PlusToken Scam Cash Outs May Be Crashing the Price of Bitcoins

Cryptoforensics firm Chainalysis says massive OTC cryptocurrency cash-outs by “PlusToken” scammers may be driving down the price of bitcoins. According to the firm: “Based in China, PlusToken presented itself as a cryptocurrency wallet that would reward users with high rates of return if they purchased… Read More

Two Men Charged in Macau for Promoting $4 Billion USD OneCoin Scam

Macau businessperson Frederico dos Santos Rosário and his Hong Kong business partner, Dennis Lau, are being prosecuted in Macau for promoting OneCoin, a fraudulent $4 billion USD cryptocurrency scheme started by Bulgarians Ruja and Konstantin Ignatov and pervaded across the world. According to Journal Tribune… Read More

Thailand Arrests Chinese Gang Pervading Cryptocurrency Call Centre Scam

Authorities in Thailand have arrested 24 Chinese nationals perpetuating a scam involving cryptocurrencies and solicitation phone calls to citizens living in China. According to the Thai Immigration Bureau, the parties arrested were recruited by a gangster who, open the workers’ arrival, confiscated their passports. The… Read More

OneCoin Lawyer Convicted in $400 Million Money Laundering Case

Mark Scott, a lawyer accused of abetting the multibillion dollar OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, has been convicted of money laundering and bank fraud. Scott is now facing up to 50 years in prison. According to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman: “Mark S. Scott, an equity partner… Read More

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