SEC Launched Fake ICO Website to Educate Investors

The SEC has created a fake ICO website to ensure investors can identify fraudulent company
17 May 2018   1255

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Wednesday it has launched a mock ICO called HoweyCoin. The fake company states that the offer isn't real and users who try to invest in the token sale will instead be redirected to the regulator's education tools, which are aimed at pointing out the signs of fraudulent token sales.

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According to the HoweyCoin website, most travel businesses require processing, centralized currency, and most importantly, nickel and dime fees that add up to literally billions. The fake company states that it is different because it utilizes the latest crypto-technology to allow travelers to purchase all segments without these limitations, allowing HoweyCoin users to buy, sell, and trade in a frictionless environment.

In a press release, the SEC also noted that the site includes a white paper with a complex yet vague explanation of the investment opportunity, promises of guaranteed returns, and a countdown clock that shows time is quickly running out on the deal of a lifetime.

Owen Donley, chief counsel of the SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, said that the site incorporates many of the hallmarks of fraudulent token sales - pertinent information for investors looking to avoid financial pitfalls.

Donley added that fraudsters can quickly build an attractive website and load it up with convoluted jargon to lure investors into phony deals, but fraudulent sites also often have red flags that can be dead giveaways if you know what to look for.

Bitfinex Shareholder to Start Pre-Orders for IEO

It should be noted there's no official whitepaper for the token and the fact of IEO wasn't confirmed by the operator of trading platform
06 May 2019   287

The Chinese platform RenRenBit, which is an intermediary between cryptocurrency lenders and borrowers, has begun to accept preliminary applications for participation in the public stage of IEO of the Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex. RenRenBit is part of the DGroup company, which is owned by a major Bitfinex shareholder, Zhao Dong, CoinDesk reports.

Note that the operator of the trading platform iFinex Inc. has not yet published the official white paper for its token, and has not even confirmed the fact of IEO itself. Dong is the main source of information on tokensale for $ 1 billion and it was he who distributed the marketing documentation of the LEO token through Weibo, although some top managers from Bitfinex have already mentioned the coin on Twitter.

Retail investors who have undergone a KYC procedure can already commit to invest up to $ 1,000 in USDT equivalent at the IEO's public stage. However, according to the mentioned marketing documentation, if the tokens are sold out to accredited investors by May 10, the tokensale will end in a closed format. As of May 4, the exchange allegedly received a verbal commitment of $ 600 million.

It is worth adding that the fake white paper of Bitfinex token has already appeared on the web, whose authors use the uncertainty around the alleged campaign and the lack of official statements to mislead gullible users. The official white paper has not been released.

CoinMarketCap, a popular analytical resource, meanwhile, excluded Bitfinex quotes from calculations of the average value of digital assets, since they significantly exceed those of other trading platforms.

Earlier, New York State Attorney General Letitia James asked the state Supreme Court to uphold the order for Bitfinex, which does not allow her to renew the credit line from Tether Limited. She warned the court about the high risks for users of the platform and USDT holders.

However, a week ago, Tether Limited's chief lawyer Stuart Hogner stressed that there are no risks for users, although steylcoin is secured only by 74%.

So, Bitfinex could already receive about $ 750 million from the USDT issuer's reserves to ensure liquidity after the fiat funds of the exchange's operator were blocked in the accounts of the Panamanian processing Crypto Capital Corp. in Poland, Portugal, the UK and the USA.