Malaysia Presented Rules for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Malaysia's central bank asks the public to weigh in on measures aimed at solving problems related to cryptocurrencies
15 December 2017   1416

Yesterday Bank Negara Malaysia released a report, presenting new draft regulations for cryptocurrency exchanges that operate in the country. In the report bank asks the public to weigh in on measures aimed at easing money laundering and terrorist financing concerns related to cryptocurrencies.

The proposed regulations require businesses to verify their customers identities, monitor transactions and report any suspicious activities to Malaysian authorities. Additionally, companies must report usage statistics to the central bank.

If approved, the regulations would apply to any person or company which exchanges cryptocurrency on behalf of someone else. And while the regulations acknowledge that companies might use cryptocurrencies, the nation officially still does not recognize them as legal tender.

According to the release, Bank Negara Malaysia is taking recalls on the draft rules until January 14.

In November, governor of the Central Bank of Malaysia stated that from next year those converting cryptocurrencies into conventional currency will be designated as "reporting institutions" in accordance with the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.

Crypto Billionaire to Lost 5.5k BTC Due to Fraud

Thai scammers convinced 22 yo Finnish crypto billionaire to invest in their 'investment' scheme
13 August 2018   270

The 22-year-old cryptocurrency millionaire lost more than 5,500 bitcoins after taking part in the investment scheme in Thailand. The case attracted public attention because of the possible participation of a Thai actor. This is reported by Bangkok Post.

A group of scammers in June 2017 persuaded Finnish businessman Aarni Otawa Saarimaa to invest in several Thai securities, a casino in Macau and a crypto currency called Dragon Coin.

Scammers claimed that Dragon Coin could be used in Macau casinos. In addition, they brought Saarimaa to this casino to demonstrate the legitimacy of their project. Saarimaa transferred 5 564 BTC to fraudsters.

In January, without receiving any income for his investments, Saarimaa filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division's (CSD), along with his local business partner, who believed that this investment scheme was fraudulent.

CSD began to investigate the case and stated that the group made no investment for Saarimaa, instead transferring all the bitcoins to Thai baht and placing these funds on seven bank accounts.

Although it is not clear when exactly the scammers sold the bitcoins, CSD announced that they raised about 800 million baht or about 24 million dollars.

Then followed a months-long investigation, according to which CSD began to suspect that the Thai film actor Jiratkisit "Boom" Jaravijit also took part in the fraudulent scheme - he was arrested last Wednesday.

In addition, the CSD stated that it suspects the actor's brother, Princess Jaravijit, as the "instigator" of this entire scheme. He left Thailand, traveling to South Korea, and then to the United States. According to the Bangkok Post, CSD is currently working with the US to track him down.