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Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Collapse Looms in Vietnam

This particular Ponzi Scheme in Vietnam will give Bitcoin a bad reputation in the country. Cryptocurrency is not regulated by the banks, and the local government is not too keen on Bitcoin either. Ever since the inception of Bitcoin, there have been individuals and companies trying to discredit....

World Bank: Bitcoin Is Not A "Ponzi Scheme"

Ponzi scheme: A fraudulent investment operation where the operator, an individual or organization, pays returns to its investors from new capital paid to the operators by new investors, rather than from profit earned by the operator. Many of the under-informed, the under-educated, and the....

"[email protected]" Arrested for Bitcoin Ponzi Scam

Charles Ponzi. Trendon Shavers, aka "[email protected]," was arrested this morning on securities fraud and wire fraud charges stemming from his involvement in a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator pays returns to its investors from new....

Kate Winslet to Star in Cryptocurrency Movie About Onecoin Ponzi Scheme

A movie is being made about Onecoin’s cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme starring Oscar winner Kate Winslet. This Hollywood MGM movie is based on a true story told by a victim of the cryptocurrency fraud scheme. Onecoin Movie Starring Kate Winslet Oscar-winner Kate Winslet will be starring in an....

SEC Files Charges Against Digital Currency Ponzi Scheme Company

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed fraud charges against the operator of an alleged digital currency Ponzi scheme. The US regulator also froze the assets of individuals connected with this purported scam. According to the SEC press release, California resident Steve Chen and....

Bitfinex’s CEO Seemingly Tried to Start a Ponzi Scheme

Raphael Nicolle, the elusive founder and CEO of Bitfinex, “invested” in a number of Ponzi schemes in 2012 and loudly supported Trendon Shavers who was recently sentenced to 18 months in prison for running a “classic Ponzi scheme.” We can further reveal that Raphael Nicolle, who, in 2012, claimed....

MMM Nigeria Plans to Revive Its Ponzi Scheme by Introducing MAVRO-NAIRA

The Nigerian arm of an international Ponzi scheme, MMM Nigeria has announced the revival of its investment scam by sending out instructions to investors who had their accounts frozen earlier. MMM, the “most successful” Ponzi Scheme has planned a revival of its Nigerian arm of business, or so it....

All Things Alt: Ponzi Schemes, Blackcoin USBs and a Time Warp Attack

With another week gone by, let's shine the spotlight on recent developments and interesting finds in the world of alternative digital currencies. Shibes scheme in new online game. The popular meme-based digital currency dogecoin has been credited by some as providing a friendly introduction to....

Exclusive: Possible $500,000 Bitcoin Cloud Mining Ponzi Scheme Uncovered

Roughly nine months ago, Bitcoin Foundation Chief Scientist Gavin Andresen made a rather interesting comment on Reddit in which he claimed, "I suspect many [cloud mining companies] will turn out to be Ponzi schemes."There have been a few cloud mining scams uncovered over the past year or two,....

Central Bank of Estonia Suggests Bitcoin is a Ponzi Scheme

Estonia's Central Bank is warning citizens to be wary about getting involved with bitcoin, according to a report from Bloomberg, insinuating it could prove to be little more than Ponzi scheme. The emerging digital currency "is a problematic scheme," according to Mihkel Nommela, who heads the....

Lawyer Spills the Beans on Bitcoin Ponzi Convict, Pirateat40

In September, Texan man Trendon Shavers admitted to conducting a $4.6M Bitcoin Ponzi scheme. On the popular bitcointalk.org forum, he promised investors a 7 percent weekly return on sums of more than 25K BTC. Pirateat40 hastily shut down the scheme in mid-2012, leaving investors in the dark....

Predictions Come True as MMM Republic of Bitcoin Shuts Down

MMM Republic of Bitcoin scheme shuts down, investors uncertain about the future of their investments in the scheme. What is that one thing which always holds true for Ponzi schemes? They all have to close down, and at least some of the investors have to lose money. Now the same seems to be....

Investigations Ongoing for Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme in Thailand

Bitcoin has been subject to a lot of fraudulent activity, owing partly to the decentralized and anonymous nature of cryptocurrency transactions. In addition to hacking attacks and bitcoin wallet theft, the digital currency has also been used as a means of money transfer in Ponzi investment....

Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Operator Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud

Bitcoin Ponzi scheme perpetrator Trendon Shavers has plead guilty to securities fraud, a decision that reverses plea of not guilty submitted in March. Shavers faced up to 20 years in prison for defrauding investors out of an estimated $4.5m while operating Bitcoin Savings & Trust (BS&T). The....

SEC warning to Bitcoin: "Scam, Ponzi Scheme"

On May 7th 2014, SEC, or the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, released a warning about the dangers of Bitcoin, such as calling Bitcoin a Ponzi scheme. Now whether or not that is true is up for debate, and I believe many users would voice strongly against that. That doesn’t mean the SEC....

Chinese Government Warns Bitcoin Investors About MMM Global Ponzi Scheme

Bitcoin has worn many different labels throughout the years, ranging from “fake internet money” to ‘ponzi scheme” and various other not-so-nice things. The Chinese government warned the public about the MMM Global Ponzi scheme that accepts Bitcoin payments, in an attempt to ensure consumer funds....

Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Hints at Dealings With Mt Gox CEO

Convicted Ponzi scheme operator Trendon Shavers is now insinuating the major unidentified debtor cited in his defense against the SEC may have been Mark Karpeles, CEO of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox. The claims, while veiled, stem from a new interview for the popular industry podcast....

$40.7 Million Fine: Judge Rules Ponzi Scheme on Bitcoin Savings and Trust

There are several high profile criminal and civil cases involving Bitcoin in the United States. In some of these the prosecution is clearly applying law to Bitcoin transactions that might not apply. But in the case of Trenton Shavers and his Bitcoin Savings and Trust this turned out not to be....

Examining Bitcoin for Ponzi Scheme Signs

People who don’t fully understand what crypto-currencies are and see them more as some form of “imaginary money” are inclined to make unflattering comparisons between Bitcoin and ponzi schemes. Many countries and central banks have issued warnings on the crypto-currency and attacked it using....

Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Pleads Guilty

A 33-year-old Texan man pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme involving bitcoins, making it the first ever U. S. criminal fraud case related to the cryptocurrency. Texas native Trendon Shavers has admitted to operating a Ponzi scheme running $4.5 million worth of bitcoins, Reuters reports.....

Chinese Gov’t Warns Against ‘Transparent’ Ponzi Scheme MMM Global

Chinese officials have warned its country’s citizens about MMM Global, a Ponzi scheme that has been plaguing the internet for some time now. In fact, this operation has been running since the early 90s and continues to run rampant after regenerating a few times. The MMM Global Company, which....

MyCoin Ponzi Scheme, Taiwan Cops Net Two More

MyCoin was one of the biggest scams to hit the shores of Hong Kong this year. The alleged bitcoin exchange based out of Hong Kong was in fact an elaborate Ponzi scheme that successfully managed to rip off over $387 million dollars in customer investments after they shut shop overnight earlier....

Are AML, KYC and Other Regulations Really Important for Bitcoin?

Is it really necessary to implement AML and KYC regulations for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? There has been some debate on the need of blanket Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations for Bitcoin and other digital currencies. Even though it is a long-standing....

Is This Man the Reason Behind the Bitcoin Price Surge?

Bitcoin price analysts are struggling to identify the rationale behind the sudden price spike in the cryptocurrency’s value as it broke the US$400 mark on November 3, surpassing a market cap of more than US$6 billion. One thing for sure is that nobody can deny the effect China has had on the....

Thai Police Seek Answers in Alleged Digital Currency Ponzi Scheme

Police in Thailand have raided 13 rooms in a Bangkok apartment complex in connection with an alleged Ponzi scheme called UFUN that may have promoted a fraudulent type of digital currency. The raid, reported by local source The Star, follows a number of searches and arrests across the....