Upbit pays users for reports of illegal crypto activities

South Korean exchange Upbit started a bounty program for the users to report fraudulent ICOs and crypto scams
28 March 2018   233

With the cryptocurrencies gaining popularity various fraudulent schemes has been in upswing too. And now the largest South Korean exchange Upbit launched a reward system for users who report such schemes.

Upbit has created the reward system for the platform users to report fraudulent ICOs and illegal scams posing as cryptocurrencies. The aim of such a campaign is to “prevent damage due to illegal fraud and to create a sound cryptocurrency ecosystem”. The exchange asks all of its users to participate in the program in order to fish out the scammers and clean up the stage for the real ICOs to shine.

The reward program has been launched just recently and is already providing the results, confirming that it indeed works. At this time, more than 20 cases of fraud were reported to the police.

If several witnesses or victims report the same ICO or currency offering, then the cash award will go to the first reporter of the illegal case. The reward Upbit pays for the original compliant is 1 million won, which is approximately $930. A good incentive for a good cause, you may say. The campaign on Upbit will be held for a year, ending in March 2019.

And yesterday, Upbit's rival exchange Bithumb has started to distribute brochures with the information about common scam schemes and how to prevent the damage from them in easy to understand format, aimed at common user base.

UPbit Audit: South Korea’s Exchange is not a Scammer

Upbit did not swindle its balance sheet and deceive investors: results of an audit of the cryptocurrency holdings has been revealed 
15 May 2018   529

An official police checking into UPbit, the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), Korea Financial Intelligence Unit (KIU) and local police is going on. Last week, the South Korean police entered the UPbit headquarters to study the practices of the exchange after receiving tips that the company has been operating cryptocurrency deals without actually holding user funds. The local police charged UPbit on processing its order books without keeping cryptocurrencies and feigned that it had large amounts of user funds in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies.

Nevertheless some insider springs have contended that the investigation connected with a problem of liquidity as UPbit only processed wallets of around 90 cryptocurrencies even though the exchange has 130 cryptocurrencies added on the platform.

Users of the 30 cryptos on UPbit that are yet see independent wallets integrated by the exchange, cannot invest or withdraw the tokens directly from UPbit and have to exchange the assets to other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum before withdrawing. The lack of wallet support for dozens of cryptocurrencies caused the investigation and the government accusing UPbit of inflating its balance sheet.

Inspite the ongoing investigation, UPbit has been completely operational and continued to process trades for its users. Focused on the audit report of Yoojin, it is highly likely that the government investigation into UPbit will be finished with a simple issue in liquidity and if the report of Yoojin is accurate, UPbit will not endure from any consequence from the recent case as it occured from a simple misunderstanding of UPbit’s wallet structure.