North Dakota to Cease Russian ICO Scam

Union Bank Payment Coin copied elements of the Union Bank AG from Liechtenstein
21 November 2018   576

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."

TON Mainnet May be Launched in March

During January there should be a meeting of the project investors with a TON demonstration 
23 January 2019   75

Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain platform can be presented at the 49th World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. However, there is no official information about Pavel Durov’s speech at WEF yet.

At the same time, according to The Bell, during January there should be a meeting of the largest project investors with a demonstration of the test version of TON. The launch of the main network is expected in March.

According to the latest TON roadmap, which appeared in the Telegram-channel @Tgram in early January, the launch of the main network may be postponed for 2-3 months due to the “innovative nature of the development”.

TON is about 90% ready, and the latest news about the platform will appear in February 2019. At the same time, an audit of Testnet is scheduled in order to find errors and flaws.

Pavel Durov hadn't provide any official comment on the situation.

Note that initially the launch of a test network for TON was planned for the second quarter of 2018. At the end of the same year, a full launch of the platform and the Telegram Wallet wallet was planned.

Earlier it became known that Pavel Durov filed an application for the liquidation of the Telegram Messenger LLP. According to the assumption of some experts, the decision will relate exclusively to changes in the corporate structure of the company.