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One Coin, Much Drama: OneCoin Ponzi Scheme Lives on as TV Show

News The co-founder of cryptocurrency-inspired Ponzi scheme OneCoin faces charges of fraud and money laundering in her absence — but will now become a movie star. As Hollywood news outlet Deadline reported on Feb. 4, a United States production company has won the rights to a podcast about Ruja Ign..

Uganda Targets Cryptocurrencies in Ponzi Scheme Crackdown

News Ugandan legislators are exploring the role of cryptocurrencies in connection with pyramid scheme frauds that are often found in the country, local newspaper PML Daily reported on Feb. 4. While legislators are moving forward with a proposal to criminalize Ponzi schemes, cryptocurrencies may co..

Report: North Korean Hackers Created Realistic Trading Bot to Steal Money

News The North Korean hacking team Lazarus Group targeted several crypto exchanges last year, Chainalysis reports. One of the attacks involved the creation of a fake, but realistic trading bot website that was offered to employees of DragonEx exchange. In March 2019 the hackers stole approximately..

Investigators Bust €6 Million Bitcoin and Gold Fraud Scheme

News French, Belgian and Israeli investigators have brought down a scheme that defrauded €6 million ($6.64 million) from French and Belgian citizens, a Jan 29. press release from Europol reads. The fraudsters promised significant returns for the victims’ investment in what appears to have been a P..

OneCoin Crypto Ponzi Scheme Used Fake Reviews to Improve Its Image

News Research conducted by the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) of the Atlantic Council think tank suggests that the infamous cryptocurrency-themed Ponzi scheme OneCoin used fake reviews on TrustPilot and Quora to lure investors. According to a report published on Jan. 29, OneCoin received a..

Vinnik’s Children File a Complaint About Rights Violation to Greek Court

News The lawyers for Alexander Vinnik, the alleged operator of defunct crypto exchange BTC-e, have filed a complaint alleging violation of Vinnik’s rights. Written on behalf of Vinnik’s young children, the complaint has been filed with a Greek court to prevent the allegedly approaching criminal’s ..

Canadian Teen Charged for $50 Million Cryptocurrency Theft

News An eighteen-year-old from Montreal is facing four criminal charges connected to a $50 million SIM-swapping scam targeting cryptocurrency holders, Infosecurity Magazine reported on Jan. 17. The hacker, Samy Bensaci, is accused by Canadian authorities of being part of a ring that stole millions..

Ugandan Victims of Dunamiscoins Scam Petition Gov’t for Lost Investments

News Over 5,000 victims of the alleged cryptocurrency pyramid scheme Dunamiscoins have petitioned the Ugandan Parliament asking to refund money lost in the scam. Arthur Asiimwe, the leader of the petitioning group who presented the request to the Parliament's speaker Rebecca Kadaga, claims th..

US SEC Charges Convict and Associates for $30M Fraudulent ICO

News The United States Securities and Exchange Commision has charged a group of criminals, who raised over $30 million through a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). Per a Jan. 12 press release, the SEC charged convicted Boaz Manor, his business associate, and two companies, CG Blockchain Inc. ..

Thai Officials to Investigate Alleged Cryptocurrency Pyramid Scheme

News A human rights lawyer representing victims of an alleged cryptocurrency pyramid scheme in Thailand is taking their case to the country’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI). The Bangkok Post reported on Jan. 16 that roughly 20 victims, whose losses are alleged to total 75 million baht (..

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