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Alleged Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Assets Frozen as US Judge Grants Injunction

News A United States court has granted regulators a preliminary injunction against an alleged Bitcoin (BTC) Ponzi scheme which reportedly defrauded investors of $11 million. In a filing with the United States District Court in Nevada dated Dec. 6, Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey ruled in favor of the Co..

Pennsylvania Man Charged With SIM Swap Conspiracy to Steal Crypto

News United States authorities have charged a Pennsylvania man with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and extortion via a series of SIM swaps targeting cryptocurrency execs and investors. SIM-swapping — alternatively known as a port-out scam — involves the theft of a cell phone number in order to hi..

Russia: Darknet Marketplace Plans $146M ICO for Global Expansion

News Russia’s largest darknet marketplace is looking to raise $146 million in a token offering that would allow it to go global. As Forklog reported on Dec. 11, the token sale is almost certainly illegal — in this case not merely for flouting securities laws or other financial regulations. “A ne..

Ugandan Police Hold Director of Alleged $2.7M Crypto Ponzi Scheme

News Ugandan police have seized Samson Lwanga, one of the directors of the alleged cryptocurrency pyramid scheme Dunamiscoins Resources Limited. As domestic news publication Daily Monitor reported on Dec. 9, the police arrested Samson Lwanga, one of the four directors of Dunamiscoins. The company ..

Crypto Pyramid Scheme in Uganda Steals Employees’ Money and Closes

News An alleged cryptocurrency pyramid scheme in Uganda has fled after defrauding dozens of victims that invested in and worked for the scheme. Dunamiscoins Resources Limited opened in Masaka last month and started inviting individuals to invest and become part of its “digital currency network,” i..

Thai Police Arrest 24 Chinese Nationals for Alleged Bitcoin Scam

News Thai immigration officials have arrested 24 Chinese nationals who were running an alleged cryptocurrency scam call center in the Rama III neighborhood of Bangkok. According to an official announcement on Dec. 2, the Immigration Bureau of the Royal Thai Police arrested 24 individuals, seized 6..

Researchers Detect New North Korea-Linked MacOS Malware on Crypto Trading Site

News Security researchers have discovered a new cryptocurrency-related macOS malware believed to be the product of North Korean hackers at the Lazarus Group. As tech-focused publication Bleeping Computer reported on Dec. 4, malware researcher Dinesh Devadoss encountered a malicious software on a w..

PlusToken Effect: Alleged Asian Exit Scam to Blame for Market Decline?

Follow up In the last week of November, the saga of an alleged crypto Ponzi scheme that has been lingering for more than half a year took a new turn. A hobbyist blockchain researcher reported on Twitter that he’d tracked almost 200,000 BTC that had gone missing over the summer, when several millio..

Disgruntled Investor Sues Stox Prediction Market and Founder

News Israeli crypto entrepreneur Moshe Hogeg and his blockchain firm Stox (STX) are facing a lawsuit from a disgruntled investor in the United States. A Vancouver-based investor has accused Hogeg of major breaches of contract and alleged fraud that caused him losses of at least $430,000, according..

New Zealand Police Seize $4.2 M in Crypto in Movie Piracy Investigation

News The national police force of New Zealand have seized between NZ$6.2 and NZ$6.7 million in cryptocurrency from a man who allegedly was involved in online movie piracy in the United States. Two accounts of the seizureAt 5:00 AM local time, on Nov. 23, the New Zealand Herald reported that New Ze..

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