Algorithm of Action for Victims of Scam ICO

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The market for initial placement of coins is saturated with fraudulent projects, which initially promise to “change the world”, but after receiving funding, they stop being in touch. There are, of course, those which simply are not able to fulfill their obligations, and the product for which the investors’ money was spent is not necessary for anyone. Some particularly brazen scammers removing their site, leave on it not quite censorship messages, as it was with the Lithuanian startup, which wanted to “bring the blockchain” into the vegetable and fruit industry.

In this article, we’ll talk about what you need to do in order to get your money back if you have already invested it in a fraudulent ICO.

Contents:
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  1. Is it real to return your money if you’ve invested in a scam ICO?
  2. What to do in the beginning? Collect evidence
  3. Who to sue?
  4. What do you need to know about the court?
  5. Conclusion

1. Is it real to return your money if you’ve invested in a scam ICO?

As practice shows, surely, there have been similar precedents in history, but to a greater extent they concern only the United States and Canada. For example, in 2017 on the initiative of the SEC, the founders of the scam project Munchen returned 15 million dollars to their depositors. Another example, the organizer of the cryptostart PlexCoin Dominic Lacroix was arrested, sentenced to 8 weeks of imprisonment, and fined personally for 10 thousand, and his company for 100 thousand dollars.

The Securities Commission is actively working in this field, but, unfortunately, outside of North America it is not yet particularly developed. For example, in the CIS countries no ICO scammers have been caught yet. But, despite this, there is still a chance to get your money back. Please read this material to know what to do in such an unpleasant situation.

2. What to do in the beginning? Collect evidence

So, unfortunately, you have already realized that you gave your money to criminals, what should you do? To begin with, you need to collect as much evidence as possible:

  • screenshots of correspondence in Telegram or other messengers;
  • copies of e-mails;
  • white paper and road map of the project.

If you personally talked on the phone with the organizers of the ICO, then you need to contact the provider to give you a printout of your calls. If you have a personal contact in offline, you must specify the place, date and time of the meeting. If this happened in a public place, it is likely that the fraudster’s face has got into the surveillance cameras.

3. Who to sue?

The overwhelming number of ICO projects has a similar structure. Often, in order to start the production and sale of digital tokens, the organizers register a special issuing company. As a rule, they are created in the Seychelles or the Cayman Islands or in Estonia and Singapore. Unfortunately, finding out data about an issuing company is a rather difficult task. The only place where you can find out which legal body is in charge of this project is an agreement to sell tokens or Token Sale Agreement.

But, it is worth noting that a registered issuing company cannot conduct operational activities, and it is even more complicated to find any information about who conducts it than about an issuing company. Of course, you can try to look for tracks through the project team, but if the organizers of the ICO have created a scam from the very beginning, then they hardly indicated their real names there. Most likely, charges will have to be raised against the issuing company.

4. What do you need to know about the court?

The good news for victims of fraudulent ICO is that there are virtually no “loopholes” in the world where financial criminals can remain in the shadows. Banks from different countries of the world cooperate with each other and transmit information about the movement of money; therefore, to hide a large amount of stolen money every year becomes more difficult.

The bad news is that defrauded investors can demand financial compensation only through local courts of the countries in which the issuing company is registered. Litigation is not a cheap pleasure:

  • Estonia – 7-8 thousand euros;
  • The Cayman Islands – 30-50 thousand dollars;
  • Singapore – 80-130 thousand dollars.

These figures do not include government fees and other related costs. In order for “battle to worth the blood,” the amount of lost funds must significantly exceed the costs associated with the court. An alternative way to save money in this matter is to file a collective claim. For this it is necessary to collect in one place a certain number of the same deceived investors and to divide the costs equally.

5. Conclusion

There are a lot of scam projects on the ICO market, so it’s quite difficult for an investor who is starting not to get bogged down by criminals. But even if you have become a victim of swindlers, albeit low, but still there are the chances of getting your investments back. It is necessary to adjust to a lengthy lawsuit, which will also require financial injections from your side.

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A New York Resident Carried Out a $2.5 Million Bitcoin Scam

A man named Nicholas Gelfman was accused of violation of multiple financial regulations. Now the man has to pay a fine in the amount of 2.5 million dollars in order to cover up all the losses caused by him.

Gelfman was running a company Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. (GBI) which offered its investors quick, safe and profitable crypto trading services.

Obviously, the whole thing turned out to be a huge scam. The victims ended up paying big amount of money in commission fees and getting no profit from trading whatsoever.

The case is currently under the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s investigation.

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Monero Forked Successfully: Details of Upgrading

Hardly had the vulnerability been detected, when Monero forked victoriously. This happened yesterday, on October 18, without any big problem in the network at all. “Monero 0.13.0 “Beryllium Bullet” is the name of the release, which implemented bulletproofs inside the network’s protocol.

https://twitter.com/monero/status/1052939409392365568

The main advantage of bulletproofs is that users obtain more privacy hiding the amount of assets they send in transactions. But how to verify them? A special logarithmic math was implemented. Though, this feature is only available for huge-cap networks.

In addition, the protocol brought cheaper fees and faster transactions. To sum up, this upgrade enables Monero to remain best privacy coin.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, October 19: Cryptocurrencies Fell into the Red Zone

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 1.44% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $6448 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are falling in price again:

Bitcoin Cash lost 3.53% over the past 24 hours and costs $434 per coin;

Ripple fell by 1.52% and is $0.46 in price;

EOS dropped by 2.10%, and its price is $5.30;

Litecoin decreased by 2.15%, and its rate is $52;

Cardano lost 3.32%, and its value is $0.074;

Stellar dropped by 3.34% and costs $0.23;

IOTA lost 3.53%, and its cost is $0.49;

Dash fell by 3.97%, and its price is $153;

Monero became cheaper by 2.41% and costs $103.

Over the past day Ethereum lost 2.37%. The cost of the coin is $202.

The total market capitalization is $207 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 54% of the total. In monetary terms, it is $112 billion.

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The U.S.-China Trading War Influences Cryptocurrency World, Bitmain Suffers Most

Not long ago, we discussed that Bitcoin was in danger, since Chinese authority was able to attack it any time. The US decided to keep up with opponents and stroke the crypto world of China, namely crypto asset industry.

These two countries are currently in a state of trading conflict, introducing tariffs on goods traded with each other. In June the USA changed the classification of ASIC miner, called Antminer S9, in a way that Chinese miners can be at a loss. That month the “electrical machinery apparatus”, the given category to the ASICs, had a 2.6% tariff.

Later in August, the tariff raised by 25 per cent. At the moment, Chinese mining producers deal with the fee of 27.6 per cent on their US shipments.This action has a colossal impact on Bitmain, the company based in Beijing and being the biggest Chinese mining hardware maker.

Bitmain tried to cope with the pressure by filing for a Hong Kong IPO. It could reportedly rise $3 billion. The company’s filing also mentioned the fact that about 62.8% revenue came from overseas in first half of 2018, though there was no comment on how many sales had come from the US.

The crisis came to Bitmain at a very bad time. IPO filing showed the company’s turnover dropped in second quarter of 2018 drastically, losing about $400 million in compare to $1.1 billion net profit in the first quarter.

One of the analysts, Mark Li, reckons the US tariffs aim at making Chinese hardware less competitive than opponent ones produced in other countries. He also added that Bitmain’s boardship is more aware of technology arms race, where the company is falling behind

The cold trading war between China and States can last for a long time, yet no one is sure how much loss or profit it can bring, we are only able to watch and wait. Now we want to remind you

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, October 18: The Coins Are on the Border of the Red and Green Zones

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.38% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $6541 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies demonstrate both negative and positive dynamics:

Bitcoin Cash lost 0.83% over the past 24 hours and costs $450 per coin;

Ripple fell by 1.52% and is $0.46 in value;

EOS dropped by 0.08%, and its price is $ 5.41;

Litecoin decreased by 0.30%, and its cost is $53;

Cardano added 0.98%, and its value is $0.076;

Stellar grew by 4.05% and costs $0.24;

IOTA gained 2.18%, and its rate is $0.51;

Dash lost 1.76%, and its price is $159;

Monero added 0.76% and costs $106.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 0.90%. The cost of the coin is $207.

The total market capitalization is $210 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 53.7% of the total. In monetary terms, this is $113 billion.

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BTCC Opens Its HQ in South Korea

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Crypto exchange BTCC decided to expand its services worldwide, launching its business in South Korea. The platform will set a beta-version on October 31 this year, and the debut appointed in November.

The exchange stated that it will provide not only the trading, buying/selling services, but also a possibility to create own a wallet, a mining pool and a consumer payments service. There is still no information about the coins listed on exchange.

A person, called Lee Jae-beom, will be a head of BTCC’s operations in Korea. He claimed that BTCC Korea planed to demonstrate a new vision of cryptocurrencies.

BTCC is a Chinese cryptocurrency exchange which was formerly expelled from mainland China due to inconsistency with the rules. Then it was moved to Hong Kong, where it support trading of five cryptocurrencies. We remind you

Bitcoin Is in Danger: Chinese Hegemony Over the Industry

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