First real-life cryptocurrency robbery reported in Taiwan

Four men stole 5 million Taiwanese dollar worth of Bitcoin, the police has already arrested the suspects
22 February 2018   228

Bitcoin has attracted lots of unwanted attention from hackers and scammers alike. Recently not a week passes without news of an exchange or user being hacked or some company's computers being hijacked to mine cryptocurrency. And now Taiwanese news outlets report first real-life robbery of Bitcoin in their country.

The robbery took place in Taichung, Taiwan's central city. The police reports three men being involved in the robbery itself and one as a planner. Criminals persuaded the victim to meet with them face-to-face under the guise of being interested in buying Bitcoin from him. After the victim showed the robbers the proof of his bitcoins on his phone, the men attacked him and his friend and transferred 18 bitcoins worth 5 million Taiwanese dollar via the phone wallet.

The suspects then forced the unfortunate seller to drink strong local liquor to make everything look like a drunken fight had taken place. The police arrived at the scene after receiving the reports of a fight and found two victims. Two of the offenders had fled, but the third has been arrested at the scene of the crime. He later provided investigation with information about his accomplices. They were arrested soon after.

The police later apprehended the man believed to be the mastermind behind the plan. All this was released in the yesterday's report by the Taiwanese law enforcement and the case is already viewed as “the first domestic case of bitcoin robbery”. The report doesn't mention if the crypto was returned to the rightful owner.

Similar cases has been rumored to happen in the US, but no records are released as of yet. So the unofficial governmental advice is to be more cautious of the buyers requesting face to face meetings in the light of this event.

Crypto Taxpayers to be supported in India

Cleartax, the largest Indian tax filing platform joins Zebpay exchange to help crypto taxpayers
24 March 2018   100

The object of this partnership is to educate Bitcoin traders and investors about the current tax laws and how to apply them in stating cryptocurrency profits and incomes. Indian authorities are aimed to find the best approach to Bitcoin and the other kinds of cryptocurrencies. The recent declarations of the regulators that new instructions would be accepted in a short time, have not been followed by real actions. So the attempts to enforce the control on this sphere have led to summaries that this task in not going to be simple at all. According to last month media reports, new frameworks and rules were waited by the end of March.

Though they failed to to introduce extensive regulations, the Indian authorities are focused to tapping into crypto earnings. In a previous month the Income Tax Department released notifications for thousands of cryptocurrency investors, as reported.

The Cryptocurrency Advisory Plan will help Indian bitcoin investors and traders in this year's tax campaign. The biggest tax filing platform Cleartax joins the Indian bitcoin exchanges and wallet providers Zebpay. They are both objected to support taxpayers to understand and abide by the law regarding taxation of the transactions with cryptocurrencies.

Cleartax declared it has the tax and technological expertise “to help people understand how bitcoin works”. Besides, the platform has started tax filing services for cryptocurrency investors. The Cleartax CEO and founder Archit Gupta claimed that together with Zebpay they are going to “simplify taxes for Indians”. The head of exchange at Zebpay, Nischint Sanghavi added that he believes the partnership with Cleartax will simplify tax planning for Zebpay`s customers.

In February about 100,000 cryptocurrency investors received tax notices from India`s Income Tax Department. Questionable dubious transactions, authorities investigated some of the cryptocurrency exchanges, and banks paused many of their accounts. Then the governmental pressure caused significant drop in trading volumes.

The authorities in Delhi have set a number of warnings against investing in BTC. Also the largest commercial banks have restricted severely the operations of local exchanges and individual cryptocurrency traders, even before any law demanding such measures is adopted.