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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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Belgium Adds 21 Websites to List of Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms

Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority has updated the list of websites it says are cryptocurrency trading platforms showing signs of fraud. Twenty-one websites have been added to the existing list, bringing the total to 99 blacklisted sites. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space 21 New Suspect Sites The Belgian Financial Services […]

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The Daily: Royal Mint Drops Digital Gold, Malta Issues Warning About Trading Platform

The Daily: Royal Mint Drops Digital Gold, Malta Issues Crypto Exchange WarningIn this edition of The Daily, we cover the U.K. Royal Mint’s decision to freeze a plan to issue digital gold tokens. We also look at a new Australia Post ID verification service, as well as a warning by the Maltese financial regulator about a cryptocurrency investment platform. Also read: AMD Takes a Hit, Johnny […]

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Celebrity ICO Endorsers Face Legal Blowback Over Alleged Fraud

Celebrity ICO Endorsers Face Legal Blowback Over Alleged FraudBoxing superstar Floyd Mayweather and rap producer DJ Khaled face a legal battle for serving as celebrity endorsers to an initial coin offering (ICO) accused of fraud. The founders of the allegedly fraudulent ICO were arrested by American criminal authorities back in April. Also Read: The Daily: Goldman Sachs Invests in Wallet, Institutional Traders Borrow […]

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Bitconnect Faces Consolidated Class Action Complaint

Bitconnect Faces Consolidated Class Action ComplaintMore than a dozen lawsuits targeting Bitconnect have been merged into a single case, following the submission of an Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint on Thursday. The newly combined complaint has been filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Also Read: Venezuela Authorizes 6 Exchanges to Sell National Cryptocurrency Petro Amendment […]

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Scam Victim Loses $48,000 Claim Against Canadian Bitcoin ATM Firm

Scam Victim Loses $48,000 Claim Against Canadian Bitcoin ATM FirmA woman suing for 62,500 Canadian dollars ($48,125) sent to a phone scammer over a bitcoin ATM has lost her court case, local media reported. On Friday, Charlottetown Provincial Court chief judge Nancy Orr ruled that the fiat money deposited by the woman into the teller machine belonged to Instacoin ATM Canada Inc., owners of […]

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Bad Cryptocurrency Projects Have Squandered Millions of Dollars

Bad Cryptocurrency Projects Have Squandered Millions of DollarsCryptocurrency scams take many forms. But one thing they all share is the goal of enriching their founders at the expense of investors. If a crypto project is “investing” a large portion of its capital into lavish parties, PR stunts and marketing, there’s a strong chance that it’s a scam. Also read: Debit Card Issuer Bitnovo […]

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US Regulator Moves to Sanction Plexcoin’s Lacroix and Paradis-Royer

United States Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) is reportedly seeking further sanction against alleged crypto scammers Dominic Lacroix and Sabrina Paradis-Royer of Plexcoin fame. According to Maria Nikolova of Financefeeds, the two continue to defy court orders. Also read: 3D Gun File Company Reorganizes After Cody Wilson Resigns SEC to Further Sanction Alleged Crypto Scammers […]

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Google Security Expert Warns Against Bitcoin Bragging Online

Google Security Expert Warns Against Bitcoin Bragging OnlineMark Risher, Google’s director of product management, Google Identity, account security, and spam & abuse, recently urged cryptocurrency investors not to brag about their virtual currency holdings online. Also Read: Netherlands’ Largest Bank ING Group Fined $900M for Money Laundering Google Security Expert Cautions Traders Against Boasting Online In a recent interview with CNBC, Google security […]

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