North Dakota to Cease Russian ICO Scam

Union Bank Payment Coin copied elements of the Union Bank AG from Liechtenstein
21 November 2018   365

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."

Users Suspected RusGas of Scam

Reddit users have already accused RusGas of exit scam, since its behavior is much like  recent scam project Oyster Protocol
07 December 2018   113

The RusGas cryptocurrency project (RGS) demonstrates disturbing signs and releases new tokens in excess of the pre-set emission limit, Cryptovest reports. With an aggregate capitalization of $ 117, RGS trading volume for the last few days is $ 35,000. Events unfold against the backdrop of promises made by the project organizers about the upcoming restart.

Most of the RGS trade is focused on the Crex24 exchange, which has a daily  of $ 700,000. RusGas had a daily volume of several million dollars in its best days, which already then caused questions about the authenticity of this value.

According to CoinMarketCap, RGS emissions are limited to 10 billion tokens, but Etherscan indicates that currently 298 addresses contain 860 billion RGS. The rapid growth of emissions was recorded in recent days and hours. The largest wallet contains 99% of all tokens, which is probably the crex24 wallet. The developers themselves explain these movements to the next restart.

Reddit users have already accused RusGas of exit scam, since its behavior is much like  recent scam project Oyster Protocol(PRL), when the additional issue feature was used in a smart contract.

The likelihood of such an outcome is a characteristic feature of projects based on the Ethereum protocol, which allows additional emission of tokens through a smart contract at the discretion of its owner, not to mention other vulnerabilities that cost investors a lot of money.

RusGas is based on the idea of ​​using tokens and blockchains to optimize the Russian gas industry. Despite the dubiousness of the project’s mission, the data on the network indicates that in April of this year he managed to raise $ 2.2 million for ICO.