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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

Executives Behind $342 Million USD Crypto Scam Jailed in Korea

Executives who allegedly ran a fraudulent $342 million USD (400 billion won) cryptocurrency scam called Coin Up in Korea from August of last year until this past February have received significant prison sentences, Yonhap News reports. 53-year-old Coin Up executive Kang-mo, who allegedly displayed a… Read More

Federal Court Order Regarding Crypto ATM Coin Ends Up with Defendants Hit with $4.25 Million Penalty for Fraud & Misappropriation

An ongoing enforcement action brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) pertaining to a cryptocurrency called ATM Coin has been resolved with a federal court ordering defendants to pay over $4.25 million in penalties. The US District Court of Eastern District of New York… Read More

Former Philippine Vice Mayor Arrested for Alleged Role in Standard and Crypto Investment Scams

A former vice mayor of the Philippine city Cagayan de Oro has been arrested for his alleged involvement in an investment scam in Cebu, and is also known for being “visible” at events hosted by another scheme called Freedom Traders Club (FTC), which sold a… Read More

Scammers Already Impersonating Bakkt in Classic “Crypto Giveaway” Scam

Scammers have already cloned Bakkt blog materials to create a fake interface, bakktlaunch.com, which they are using to trick Bakkt enthusiasts into sending crypto. It should be noted that the bakktlaunch.com page contains two links that may be malware bearing. Extreme caution is advised. Bakkt is the… Read More

277 Chinese Nationals Arrested in Philippines for Pervading Alleged Crypto Scam

On a tip from authorities in China, police in the Philippines have arrested 277 people they believe pervaded a cryptocurrency scam that defrauded at least 1000 Chinese nationals, Business Inquirer reports. The scheme reportedly emanated from a company called Golden Millennial Quickpay Inc. Ltd., an offshore… Read More

Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty to Laundering $25 Million in Person and at Bitcoin ATM

A young man in Los Angeles has pleaded guilty to charges of drug dealing, unlicensed money transmitting and money laundering relating to the processing of $25 million USD in illicit money via his Bitcoin trading services. Kunal Kalra, 25, also known as “Kumar,” “shecklemayne” and… Read More

Australian Police Break Up Alleged $2.7 Million Fraudulent Crypto Investment Ring

Two women, aged 28 and 21, and three men, aged 56, 44 and 33 years, have been charged with fraud and money laundering by Queensland, Australia’s Financial and Cyber Crime Group (State Crime Command), for allegedly pervading a fraudulent cryptocurrency investment scheme from the Gold Coast… Read More

Indian Police Arrest Another Alleged Bitconnect Scam Leader in Gujarat

Another alleged principle promoter of the failed $4 billion USD Bitconnect cryptocurrency Ponzi (now attempting resurrection) has been arrested in India, India Times reports. Rakesh Savani was arrested in the coast city of Sujat in northwest India last Friday. Authorities have also seized property and… Read More

Australian Couple Lost $900 000 AUD in Retirement Savings to Crypto Scam

An Australian couple in the 70’s have lost their entire retirement savings -$900 000- in a cryptocurrency scam, 7News reports. “That was the whole of our superannuation – That’s now gone,” Mike Taylor told the outlet. Mike and Karen Taylor were traveling Australia in a… Read More

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