Category: Scam

Chinese Police Seize Thousands of Miners, Arrest Dozens of Scammers

Chinese Police Seize Thousands of Miners, Arrest Dozens of ScammersIn the last couple of days, Chinese media have reported on police forces in one province of the vast Asian country seizing close to 7,000 mining rigs using stolen electricity and in another province arresting 72 multi-level marketing scheme operators for alleged fraud. Also Read: Chinese Regulators Question 8 Crypto Companies in Shenzhen Police Seize […]

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Plustoken Cash-Outs Could Be Behind BTC Price Drop, Says Report

Plustoken Cash Outs Could be Behind BTC Price Drops, Says ReportOn Monday, the blockchain surveillance company Chainalysis published an excerpt from the firm’s upcoming crime report that will publish in January. According to the Chainalysis research, the Ponzi scheme called Plustoken not only defrauded investors out of $3 billion but the scam “may also be driving down the price of bitcoin.” Also read: Mystery Surrounds […]

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Quadrigacx Founder Dead or Alive? Request for Exhumation and Autopsy Filed

Quadrigacx Founder Dead or Alive? Request for Exhumation and Autopsy FiledIt has been a year since the founder of now-defunct crypto exchange Quadrigacx supposedly died in India. However, some 76,000 victims are still out of millions of dollars. A court-appointed lawyer representing them has now requested an exhumation and post-mortem autopsy in Canada of the dead body, highlighting the need to know if Gerald Cotten […]

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Onecoin Websites Suspended as the $4 Billion Ponzi Crumbles

The MLM monitoring publication behindmlm.com revealed on Dec. 1 that the infamous Ponzi scheme Onecoin’s website onecoin.eu has gone offline. According to the domain host Eurid, the onecoin.eu domain name is currently “under legal investigation.” Onecoin’s website going offline follows the recent arrest of the operation’s cofounder Konstantin Ignatov. Also read: Part Deux! Onecoin Buyer […]

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Satoshi ‘Nakamolto’ Emerges With Great Hair and Questionable Claims

Bitcoin's Satoshi 'Nakamolto' Emerges With Great Hair and Questionable ClaimsA viral video taken at a Las Vegas event has put self-claimed “Bitcoin co-founder” Jörg Molt in the spotlight this past week. A Twitter user in the space known for hair trigger accusations calls Molt a scammer in the video, and Molt proceeds to knock off the guy’s baseball cap. Amusing as the sophomoric dumpster […]

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Alleged Las Vegas Scammer Charged for $11 Million Crypto Binary Options Ponzi

Alleged Las Vegas Scammer Charged for $11 Million Crypto Binary Options PonziA Las Vegas man is charged with raising at least $11 million from cryptocurrency investors he promised to trade binary options for, and make gains of up to 300%. According to the charges the money was sent from new clients to previous ones in a classic Ponzi scheme manner. Also Read: Binance to Add Bitcoin […]

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ICOs Are Dead But ICO Scammers Are Immortal

ICOs Are Dead But ICO Scammers Are ImmortalThe initial coin offering may have all but died, but the ICO scammer marches on regardless. Whereas legitimate projects have to wrangle with all kinds of challenges including the strength of the market, generating value for investors, creating a real product and actually delivering on the promises they make, the soulless scammer is unencumbered by […]

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Changes Afoot for Philippine Crypto-Friendly Economic Zone

Changes Afoot for Philippine Crypto-Friendly Economic ZoneThe special economic zone in the Philippines known for its crypto friendliness is undergoing some changes. Government-owned Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) is investigating a case involving one of its licensed crypto exchanges after a tip from the Chinese government. The authority has also issued new directives to all of its licensees, including 40 crypto […]

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Diamonds and the Treasury Debt Ceiling: Why Nothing Has ‘Intrinsic Value’ in Economics

Diamonds and the Debt Ceiling: Why Nothing Has 'Intrinsic Value' in EconomicsThe U.S. Treasury Department has just issued an urgent letter requesting a lift on the debt ceiling, warning Congress of imminent financial collision in September as federal cash is running out. Though this scenario has played out many times before, it takes on special significance now in light of president Trump’s recent comments about bitcoin, […]

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India to Educate High-Ranking Police Officers on Cryptocurrency

India to Educate High-Ranking Police Officers on CryptocurrencyIndia’s national police academy has launched a cryptocurrency course for high-ranking officers of the Indian Police Service. Among the objectives of the course are the functioning and legal aspects of cryptocurrencies, as well as investigations of cases involving digital coins. The Indian police continue to regularly uncover crypto-related schemes as the government deliberates on the […]

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Observers Mock Fork Called Bitcoin2 That Pumps and Dumps on Two Exchanges

Observers Mock a Fork Called Bitcoin2 That Pumped and Dumped on Two ExchangesOver the last 48 hours, cryptocurrency enthusiasts have been discussing a Bitcoin snapshot fork called Bitcoin2. The little known coin gained over 5,200% since May 28 on only two exchanges and managed to get listed on Coinmarketcap.com as well. Bitcoin2 is believed to be merely a pump and dump scam, much like a great majority […]

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Darknet Users Allege Wall Street Market Exit Scammed, Possibly Snatching $30M

Darknet Users Allege Wall Street Market Exit Scammed, Possibly Snatching $30MDuring the first week of April, news.Bitcoin.com reported on a large swarm of darknet market (DNM) users flocking from Dream to the Wall Street marketplace. However, the migration hasn’t been as successful as it may have first seemed, with some vendors alleging that Wall Street has pulled an exit scam and ran off with $30 […]

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‘This Is Not an ICO, Just Barter’ – How Issuers Attempt to Evade Regulatory Scrutiny

"This Is Not an ICO, Just Barter” - ICO Issuers Alter Terms to Evade Regulatory ScrutinySome issuers of initial coin offerings have started to change the terminology they use to refer to their token sale in a bid to evade the attention of regulators – the hawkish U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in particular. With research finding that fewer than half of ICO projects make it past the first […]

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‘Bitcoin Killer’ Onecoin Is Ashes But Investigations Continue to This Day

The So-Called 'Bitcoin Killer' Onecoin is Left in Ashes, But Investigations Still ContinueBack in 2014, a group led by a woman named Ruja Ignatova created a Ponzi scheme called Onecoin which, together with the organization Onelife, defrauded billions from 3 million people. At peak popularity, the group declared that Onecoin would be a “Bitcoin killer” but the pyramid scheme is now in ashes and many of its […]

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Indian Police Arrest ‘Cashcoin’ Gang Accused of Scamming Millions From Investors

Police in India Arrest Gang Allegedly Involved in Crypto Scam After Investors Were Duped out of Millions With 'Cashcoin'Police in Mumbai have busted a gang allegedly involved in a cryptocurrency scam that amassed an estimated 1 billion rupees (nearly $14 million). The gang targeted people by launching a cryptocurrency called Cashcoin and sold it to investors, promising to double their money.  Also Read: Indian Blockchain Summit Draws Policy Makers to Speed up Crypto Regulation  […]

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The Daily: Bakkt Shares BTC Futures Details, Kucoin Adds Grin Trading Pairs

The Daily: Kucoin Adds Pairs With Grin, Bakkt Shares Details About BTC FuturesIn the first weekend edition of The Daily, crypto exchange Kucoin lists Mimblewimble coin Grin, giving it several trading pairs, and Bakkt releases product details about its upcoming futures contracts. Also, a Chinese investor sues a famous Israeli crypto entrepreneur for alleged fraud, while Malta issues a warning about a get-rich-quick “Bitcoin Revolution” scam. Also […]

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67 Cryptocurrency Companies Probed by UK Regulator

67 Cryptocurrency Companies Probed by UK RegulatorThe U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has reportedly provided an update of its investigations of crypto companies. A total of 67 inquiries were launched, 49 of which have been closed, leaving 18 businesses currently under investigation. The UK government has reportedly said it is ready to give power to the FCA to regulate the crypto […]

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U.K. Cryptocurrency Exchange Cubits Shuts Down After $33M Scam

Cubits, a London-based digital asset trading platform, has been forced into administration after fraudsters reportedly stole €29 million (about $32.5 million) from the exchange in February. The company claimed “it fell victim” to an elaborate scam orchestrated in collusion with three of its clients.  Also read: Former Mt. Gox CEO Could Face 10 Years in Jail […]

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Calls Cryptocurrencies a ‘Ponzi Scheme’

Former Israeli Prime Minster Calls Cryptocurrencies a 'Ponzi Scheme'Ehud Barak served as the prime minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001. These days he makes a lot of money as an investor and co-founder of startup companies in such fields as cyber espionage and cannabis. However, he seems to think that investing in cryptocurrency is less legitimate. Also Read: The Daily: Asus Wants […]

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The Daily: Belarus Adopts New Regulations, Galaxy Digital Releases Q3 Results

The Daily: Belarus Adopts New Regulations, Galaxy Digital Releases Q3 ResultsIn this edition of The Daily, we look at the latest regulatory development in Europe – Belarus High Technologies Park has adopted new regulations for cryptocurrency companies. We also cover Galaxy Digital’s report into its third quarter financial results and an alert issued in Texas about a new scam promising refunds to Bitconnect investors.   […]

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The Daily: Kucoin Enables Credit Card Payments, Coinbase Pro Adds Zcash

The Daily: Kucoin Enables Credit Card Payments, Coinbase Pro Ads ZcashDigital asset exchange Kucoin has partnered with an Israeli startup to introduce credit card payments for cryptocurrency purchases and we’ve covered it in The Daily. Also, Coinbase has added privacy coin zcash to its professional trading platform, while Okex has delisted dozens of trading pairs with low liquidity. And in Ghana, over 100,000 investors have […]

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Uganda to Regulate Cryptocurrency as Fake Bitcoin Schemes Surge

Uganda to Regulate Cryptocurrency as Fake Bitcoin Schemes SurgeUganda will seek to regulate crypto assets to prevent criminals from exploiting digital currencies to scam citizens. This comes as thousands of Ugandans have fallen victim to a number of Ponzi schemes, including the D9 Club, which promised to pay members in bitcoin. Minister of State for Finance (Planning) David Bahati said the government has […]

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Bitcoin ATMs Most Common Scam Payment Method in Australia

Bitcoin ATMs Now Most Common Scam Payment Method in AustraliaThe Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned taxpayers to be “on high alert” for phone scammers demanding payment through bitcoin ATMs. It said payments via BTC cash machines have now overtaken iTunes vouchers as the most common method of scam payment reported to the tax authority. Also Read: IMF: Central Banks Could Issue Digital Currency Tax […]

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Rumors of Exit Scam Swirl as Maplechange Loses Funds in Hack

Maplechange, a small Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, has ceased operations following the purported theft of all the funds it was holding. Despite promises of an investigation into the matter, many have accused the exchange of attempting to stage an exit scam. Also Read: Japanese Regulator: Stablecoins Are Not Cryptocurrencies Under Current Law Canadian Exchange Drained of Holdings […]

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