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South African Regulator Zeroes in on Scams and Unregulated Firms in Its Second Crypto ‘Health Warning’

South African regulator the Financial Sector Conduct Authority recently issued its second crypto “health warning” after it noticed increased reports of crypto-related losses suffered “in the past three months.” In the warning, the regulator reminds investors that since cryptocurrencies are “not regulated by the authority or any other body,” there will be no legal recourse “if something goes wrong.” Unregulated Firms and Promises of High Rewards The FSCA’s second warning comes in the wake of the collapse of the Mirror Trading International (MTI), a bitcoin Ponzi scheme. As reported by Bitcoin.com News, MTI was subsequently identified as the biggest crypto…

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US Man Pleads Guilty in $722 Million Bitclub Network Ponzi Scheme Case

A Bitclub Network Ponzi scheme promoter has admitted to charges of selling unregistered securities and to subscribing to a false tax return in connection with his role in the $722 million fraud scam. The man, Joseph Frank Abel, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi. The U.S. citizen becomes the second person to plead guilty to charges relating to the scam after Romanian Silviu Catalin Balaci’s admission in July. Abel was initially charged by indictment in December 2019 along with four other co-defendants soon after their arrest. According to the statement released by U.S. Attorney,…

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South African Man Charged in U.S. Court for Fraud Involving $28 Million in Bitcoin and Forex

A South African man has been charged with fraud in the Maryland District Court for allegedly scamming $28 million from over 1,000 investors. Dennis Jali, a former resident of Maryland, targeted church-going African immigrants, promising them guaranteed returns on his supposed bitcoin (BTC) and foreign currency investment pool. In a press statement, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it jointly charged Jali and two accomplices for orchestrating the “Ponzi scheme”. Arley Ray Johnson and John Frimpong, both of Maryland, fraudently solicited money from investors, who contributed $28 million to three companies…

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How can crypto-users brace for the next PlusToken or OneCoin?

Cryptocurrencies, like any other financial asset, have long been used for ransom by illicit actors. Over the years, there have been multiple crypto-scams and Ponzi schemes that have managed to siphon a huge amount of cryptos directly from users, while others have attacked third parties like exchanges with Ransomware or DDoS attacks.  Impersonation scams have also emerged recently, with repeated cases calling attention to the fake profiles of prominent personalities in the space. In fact, just recently, a Twitter user @FransZoveel alerted Binance U.S. CEO Catherine Coley about one such incident, one where the impersonators were messaging people to follow…

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