North Dakota to Cease Russian ICO Scam

Union Bank Payment Coin copied elements of the Union Bank AG from Liechtenstein
21 November 2018   1163

The North Dakota Department of Securities issued a decree to immediately terminate the illegal activities of the Russian ICO project, posing as Liechtenstein Union Bank AG to promote "unregistered and potentially fraudulent securities." This is reported by CoinDesk.

The statement by Commissioner Karen Tyler states that the Union Bank Payment Coin (UBPC) ICO project website “directly copied” elements of the Union Bank website, including style, graphic and textual design.

Declaring that it is releasing "the world's first security token secured by a licensed bank", and offering "stablecoin fully secured with a fiat currency, the Swiss franc", UBPC tried to mislead investors using an official statement issued by a regulated and licensed bank from Liechtenstein to issue own blockchain assets.

While the Union Bank website’s IP address is in Liechtenstein, UBPC is located in Russia and is registered to a private person, Tyler noted.

In October, the North Dakota Department of Securities issued a decree to terminate the activities of Crystal Token, Life Cross Coin and Advertiza Holdings, offering "unregistered and potentially fraudulent securities under the guise of ICO."

SEC to Accuse Veritaseum ICO of Fraud

SEC believes that project's tokensale, thru which it raised $14.8M back in 2017-2018 had a signs of scam and company misled the investors
14 August 2019   2033

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued New Yorker  and Veritaseum-related companies that have been caught by the agency in conducting an unregistered ICO with signs of fraud. It is reported by Cointelegraph.

According to documents published on the network, the SEC intends to hold Reggie Middleton accountable and immediately freeze the assets of Veritaseum Inc. and Veritaseum LLC.

The Commission claims that the defendants raised about $ 14.8 million through an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017 - early 2018. At the same time, many investors were misled, as the company distorted information about the conditions of the token sale and deliberately hid some significant details.

The American regulator claims that the project still has about $ 8 million of illegally raised funds. According to the SEC, these assets must be frozen immediately.

Amid this news, the Veritaseum (VERI) rate has fallen by 70%. Now the coin is trading near the $ 5 mark, although at the beginning of 2018 its rate was approaching $ 500.

Veritaseum was created as a financial p2p platform, involving the movement of capital without traditional intermediaries. Also, VERI was positioned as a utility token for use in consulting services and access to various research works.

In 2017, Veritaseum blockchain startup fell victim to hackers, having lost $ 8.4 million from ICO investors.