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1  Economy / Scam Accusations / [ICO] ADVANCE REAL ESTATE - SCAM on: September 18, 2018, 08:03:12 PM
ANN Thread:  ✅ [ANN][ICO] Advance Real Estate✅[ARE]✅The unique solutions for the real estate ( http://archive.is/CWO8a )

Profile: @ADVANCEREALESTATE

Website: https://advancerealestatetoken.com/HOME/index.html#team ( http://archive.is/DGK4v )

Here is the team



Logan S. Perez - ( CEO & CFO )

See Here: Best Beard Styles For Short Hair

Source: http://awesomemen.cinthol.com/best-beard-styles-short-hair

And here: How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? (Plus Tips for Growing a Beard Faster)

Real name: JEFFREY BUONCRISTIANO

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/298363544055271076/?lp=true

https://www.google.co.mz/search?biw=1280&bih=918&q=jeffrey+buoncristiano&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&tbs=simg:CAESmwEJdIdFXZe4SlkajwELEKjU2AQaCAhCCBUIAAgDDAsQsIynCBpiCmAIAxIo6Q7HGeIEgg-UDuYOiw-YDvIOiA6qJa8vtC-uL5AvgCW6LvA6lC-1LxowsGatFMdipI3yD7Cuii3uOhZhnIvNrdduUIes3L7sYHTvJGD8GQcmuA_17vXE-xz6BIAQMCxCOrv4IGgoKCAgBEgRA89mgDA&fir=YFPEVZYoEbQimM%253A%252CG9O0YtT0ALl6_M%252C_&usg=AFrqEzc4SfgKtCPoe4CwWmqocqe8efj58Q&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjw7cHZp8XdAhWTecAKHXWGASQQ9QEwA3oECAMQBg#imgrc=J0tQYmTfjVOfpM:

Susan J. Newsom - ( Graphic Designer )

Look at her here: https://unsplash.com/photos/pSuV-cweWwE

Mary J. Wardle - ( CPO )

Look at her here: https://unsplash.com/photos/pqYPRPHNE_8

Nicholas M. Sharpe - ( UI / UX Designer )

Look at it here: https://unsplash.com/photos/cYSRncVxE44

Cecelia T. Carter -  ( CTO )

Look at her here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/496381190173089212/


Terry T. Robinette - ( Developer )

Look at it here: http://salesfuel.com/indie-eyewear-brands-disrupt-category-appeal-different-fashionista-set/

And here: https://wppug.com/elementor-demos/

And Here: https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/blog/borderline-personality-disorder-misdiagnosed-as-bipolar-disorder-differences-and-treatment/
2  Economy / Scam Accusations / ZUUM - scam on: September 16, 2018, 02:09:29 PM
ANN Thread:  [ANN] ZUUM ICO AIRDROP PRE-SALE - Decentralized platform for Rideshare ( http://archive.is/IWNG9 )

Profile: @zuumpro

Website: https://zuum.co/# ( https://web.archive.org/web/20180916111604/https://zuum.co/ )

Here's the team



Raj Palli - ( CEO & Co-Founder )

see his linkedin:

Raj Palli - ( IT Solutions Architect/Technical Manager at Tata Consultancy Services )

he has no connections with this project https://zuum.co/#

https://www.linkedin.com/in/raj-palli-77b8184

Zhe Wei (David) - ( VP of Operations

see here:


Mr. Zhe Wei, also known as David, serves as Founding Partner and Chairman of Vision Knight Capital (also known as Vision Knight Capital (Shanghai) Investment Management Consulting Co., Ltd) and Vision Knight Capital (China) Fund I LP. Mr. Wei founded Vision Knight Capital in 2011. Mr. Wei serves as Non-Executive Director at Informa plc since June 2018. Mr. Wei has around 20 years of experience in the investment, management and operation in China. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba.com Japan. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Alibaba.com Limited for five years until February 2011, where he successfully led the listing of Alibaba.com Limited on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2007. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Network Co., Ltd. since 2006. He served as Acting Director of Domestic Operations of Alibaba.com Limited from August 2009 to February 2011 and President of Business-to-business (B2B) Division from November 2006 to February 2011. He served as Executive Vice President of Alibaba Group Co., Ltd. He served as the President of B&Q China Company of Kingfisher plc from June 2002 to 2006 and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2002 and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2006. From 2003 to 2006, he served as Chief Representative for Kingfisher's China sourcing office, Kingfisher Asia Limited. Mr. Wei served as the Chief Representative for Kingfisher's Asia sourcing office. He served as Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Wanguo Securities Co., Ltd. He served as Head/General Manager of Investment Banking for Orient Securities Company Limited from 1998 to 2000 and then Corporate Finance Manager at Coopers & Lybrand (a part of PricewaterhouseCoopers) from 1995 and 1998. Mr. Wei serves as a Director at Alibaba.com Japan and Allyes Information Technology Co., Ltd. He has been an Independent Director of Leju Holdings Limited since April 2014. He has been an Independent Non Executive Director of UBM plc since November 1, 2016. He has been a Director of Shenzhen Joint Financial Services Group Inc. since October 15, 2015. He serves as Independent Director of Shanghai M&G Stationery Inc. He has been Non-Executive Director at PCCW Limited since November 29, 2011. He has been Non Executive Director of JNBY Design Limited since June 24, 2013. He has been Chief Strategy Officer Executive Director of Zall Smart Commerce Group Ltd. since June 28, 2017. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Zhong Ao Home Group Limited since April 17, 2015. He served as Independent Director of 500.com Limited from October 21, 2013 to November 22, 2015. He served as an Independent Non Executive Director of Zall Group Ltd. since April 11, 2016 until June 28, 2017. He served as an Executive Director of Alibaba.com Limited until February 2011. Mr. Wei served as non-executive directorship positions in HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited and The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. He served as Vice President of China Chain Store & Franchise Association. He was voted as one of "China's Best CEO" by FinanceAsia magazine in 2010. Mr. Wei graduated from Shanghai International Studies University with a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management in July 1993. He also completed the Corporate Finance Program at London Business School in June 1998.

Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=27081604&privcapId=136757669

he has no connections with this project https://zuum.co/#

Sarala Peachimuthu - ( VP of Product Management )

see her linkedin:

Sarala Peachimuthu: ( Technology Management | Data Analytics| Healthcare Tech | Global Management | Entrepreneurship | Consulting )

https://www.linkedin.com/in/saralap

She has no connection to this project https://zuum.co/#

Ajay Raj - ( Director of Engineering )

see your linkedin:

Ajay Raj Is: Business Strategy Manager ( Workday)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajay-raj-588a0a8/

he has no connections with this project https://zuum.co/#







3  Economy / Scam Accusations / [ICO]🔥NewChain Platform - Fake Team on: September 11, 2018, 10:38:51 PM

ANN Thread:   [ANN][ICO]🔥NewChain Platform🔥Profit-Sharing Trading Platform🔥 ( http://archive.is/dkBN8 )

Profile: @NewChainPlatform

Website: https://ncplatform.org/ (http://archive.is/c1SJM )

Here's the team:



Andrew Young

https://www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/our-people/andrew-young

He works for the law firm.

Emily Browns

http://www.incrementaldevelopment.org/people/emilybrown

Emily Brown - Board Treasurer

https://www.1776.vc/profile/emily-brown ( Emily works in urban planning )

https://twitter.com/EBrownDowntown

Richard Jones

Richard Jones Is Kyle Wayne

https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/family-therapy/



https://ifixit.org/blog/7876/recyclers-right-to-reuse/



https://www.senioradvisor.com/blog/2015/08/home-care-vs-nursing-home/



http://scottberkun.com/2013/what-i-learned-from-improv-class/



Thomas Williams



http://carbontec.world/testimonials/



https://bootcampgis.com/team/

https://usilacs.org/tp-testimonial/sao-paulo-brazil/



“My name is Carlos …. I just want to take a moment to thank you for the fabulous education I received.  I am currently teaching in a private school in Sao Paulo Brazil, thanks to the education and credentials I received from USILACS”



4  Economy / Scam Accusations / [ICO]TWECRYPTO = Fake Team on: September 08, 2018, 01:19:09 PM
ANN Thread: [ICO]TWECRYPTO Social Media Revolution (ICO LIVE in Livecoin Exchange) ( http://archive.is/eVdnj )

Profile: @bataoucheusma

Website: https://ico.twecrypto.com



Abderraouf bouchouk Is:  Raouf Hard




https://wamba.com/en/mb1755611880/album_photos?album_id=1788447139

Meziane da silva Is: Youcef Ouali Ameziane



https://www.freehali.com/temoignages/

https://www.freehali.com/author/meziane1995/
5  Economy / Scam Accusations / KingBitcoin - [ Suspicious project ] on: September 06, 2018, 10:14:56 AM

ANN Bounty: 🔴🚀⭐️[BOUNTY] KingBitcoin is the best Decentralized Commerce for Payment System

Website: https://kingbitcoin.xyz/#

Profile: @axwv3a

This is the team:





Andrew Moore ( CEO & Lead Blockchain )

There is no information about him.

https://twitter.com/AndrewMoorexyz ( there is nothing useful )

https://www.facebook.com/andrewmoorexyz ( Unfortunately, this content is currently unavailable. )

https://www.instagram.com/andrewmoorexyz/ ( 0 publications; 0 followers; 0 Following )

Chanyoung Kwon ( CTO, Co-founder )

Is CTO, Co-founder of https://redi.io

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chanyoung-kwon-a204019

He does not mention anything about https://kingbitcoin.xyz/#

Manuel Betancourt ( Chief Design Officer )

Is Chief Design Officer at Leap With Alice & Okoji

https://www.linkedin.com/in/manuel-betancourt-901619133

He does not mention anything about https://kingbitcoin.xyz/#

David Ramirez ( Global Alliance Director )

Is Blockchain Developer of https://leapwithalice.io/#

Hanyeol Cho ( Board Advisor )

is Advisor of https://redi.io

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hanyeolcho

He does not mention anything about https://kingbitcoin.xyz/#

Victor Romero ( Crypto Exchange Specialist )

Is CEO - at Mercury Cash

https://www.linkedin.com/in/victorhugoromeromelendez/?locale=en_US

https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2018/01/127388-digital-currency-dash-partners-mercury-cash-boost-accessibility-south-america-us/

He does not mention anything about https://kingbitcoin.xyz/#

Diane Court ( Orlando Tech Association )

Is Orlando Tech Association

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianecourt/

she does not mention anything about https://kingbitcoin.xyz/#

















6  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / WizSec Case Study on Craig Wright vs Dave Kleiman on: September 05, 2018, 01:17:57 PM
these are those days that the person clicks on a news link and is shocked. why is the person shocked? read this:

WizSec Case Study on Craig Wright vs Dave Kleiman: Satoshi’s Bitcoin that Never Existed?



More Controversy Over the Bitcoins in the Dave Kleiman Versus Craig Wright Case: They Don’t Exist

The case between the estate of Dave Kleiman and Craig Wright has gripped the crypto community since the beginning of the year. We just learned new details about the bitcoins involved in the dispute: those bitcoins might not exist. In fact, those bitcoins might have never existed.

The issue was first spotted by the bitcoin security experts at WizSec back in February when details of the court case first appeared online. The documents revealed to the public highlight a number of mysterious wallet addresses where the missing bitcoins are alleged to be hiding.

Last week, we mentioned that one wallet was associated with Mt. Gox. In other words, Craig Wright was trying to claim that the wallets he and Kleiman mined ended up in a Mt. Gox bitcoin wallet – which seems unlikely.

New research, however, has revealed that none of the addresses in the court documents have a connection to Wright or Kleiman.

In fact, it seems likely that Wright looked at a “rich list” of bitcoin addresses and randomly selected several top addresses.

The ongoing lawsuit alleges that Craig Wright owes the estate of Dave Kleiman $10 billion. Craig Wright, the Australian man who has previously claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, partnered with American computer security specialist Dave Kleiman in the early days of the bitcoin network. The pair allegedly mined over one million bitcoins in 2009 and 2010. It’s also possible that both Wright and Kleiman developed bitcoin and both used the Satoshi Nakamoto identity. The lawsuit, in fact, specifically claims that both Wright and Kleiman developed bitcoin along with an unnamed third party.

The whole case revolves around 1,100,000 bitcoins. These bitcoins were worth a few hundred thousand dollars when Wright and Kleiman first mined them. Today, the sum is worth billions.


read more

I had to stop here because the article is very big, but whoever wants to read, just click where it comes: "read more".

If you read every article you will realize that we are seeing a story that if any director of hollywood made any movie would probably win some Oscar. I spent hours reading about this story and it seems to be the kind of story that must be in theaters. With this kind of attitudes only lead many governments not to take seriously bitcoin






7  Economy / Scam Accusations / TorChain - [ SCAM ] on: September 05, 2018, 07:44:59 AM
ANN Thread:  🎲🎰[ANN] [ICO] TORCHAIN - BLOCKCHAIN BASED PLATFORM FOR BET AND CASINO LOVERS ( http://archive.is/8wuNh )

Profile: @Sarzy15 ( http://archive.is/v7GzA )

Website: https://www.torchain.io

I can not find any information about team members, these are team members:



They do not have  linkedin

Look at this guy @Sarzy15:

based on his post history, he was a bounty hunter, look for your address: 0xFB5F4d3Ef6ab78e2827a3255a9073d1124d749A5

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2170735.100 ( http://archive.is/D1LM9 )

then he gets more than 2 months without doing any post and comes to create an ANN Thread announcing a sports project?



About the project:



The first decentralized sport betting platform


TorChain is a new peer to peer decentralized network that allows people to bet on anything, against anyone and anywhere, anytime. With TorChain conversion to other cryptocurrency and fiat is instant; bet stakes optimize to give higher stakes on win compared to non- crypto platforms.
TorChain is a project dedicated for Sport lovers and bettors also aimed at solving issues involved in the world of betting. Problems that a professional bettor knows very well.
 


Benefits of TorChain
1. Creating online blockchain gaming platform
2. Blockchain-based sports bet platform
3. High sport bet stakes
4. Wallet integration to fiat currencies
5. Partnerships with Fiat-based sport bet platforms for swift transactions and liquidity
6. Bringing blockchain to sport bet lovers which improves transparency and security
7. Fast automatic payments
8. Intermediaries are not required

they make great promises without proof.

EDIT:

Nice movie theme we have here... Grin


Denzel Chris= Mikhail Varshavski lol Dr.Mike

https://www.instagram.com/doctor.mike/?hl=en



Emily Zack = Jennifer Layne Park

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1720132/







8  Economy / Scam Accusations / microverse.club - [ careful because the project is very suspicious ] on: September 01, 2018, 01:23:00 PM

ANN Thread: [ANN][ICO][MICROVERSE.CLUB] Microverse - Decentralized autonomous society ( http://archive.is/D0Kvy )

Bounty Thread:  [BOUNTY]🔥⚡MICROVERSE - Decentralized autonomous society⚡ ( http://archive.is/aWHZL )

Profile: @C137_morty

WEBSITE: https://microverse.club ( http://archive.is/8yET1 )

http://whois.domaintools.com/microverse.club

Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name:
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street:
Registrant Street:
Registrant Street:
Registrant City:
Registrant State/Province: Panama
Registrant Postal Code:
Registrant Country: PA

The site is a big joke.



They do not show team members

https://microverse.club/developer

about the project:

What is Microverse?

Microverse, is the first decentralized autonomous society,  built on blockchain, powered by the energy of which the basic limited resource unit is named Battery, and uses Blemflarck as its circulating currency. Everything in Microverse world is the result of consuming Battery energy. Once Microverse initialization completes, users become Microversers instantly if holding Battery, thus acting as stem cells in this new organization. Microversers can be consumer or producer, starting their own business, forming their own institution, experimenting their own ideas, free will is fully appreciated in this new world. As a starting point, five elements are designed in Microverse. Users can choose to be any of them by draining/burning Battery.

  • Microverser: Anyone can become a Microverser by burning Battery, after which,  a permanent  Microverse resident ID will be assigned.
  • Miner : Miners are responsible for keeping the network alive and secure by mining Blemflarck, i.e., minting Blemflarck. Any microverser can become a miner by draining Battery and attracting votes from Microversers.
  • Mutual Constructor: A Mutual Constructor has the right to vote for members in Citadel. To become a Mutual Constructor, either, burning Battery as a Microverser, or, burning other legit cryptocurrencies (e.g., btc, eth) and get referenced by one Mutual Constructor.
  • Citadel: Citadel has governing rights, which means it is capable of create/define legislation, making financial/economic policies such as mining production and taxation within the Microverse society. A list of Mutual Constructors will be chosen to run Citadel, with a limited term. To become a Citadel member, one needs to attract votes from the Mutual constructors and burn Battery.
  • Factory: Factories are the service providers within Microverse which controlled by smart contract. This could be anything from running a decentralized exchange platform to opening an online store. What can, or cannot, be run, is under the solely definition of Citadel. Blemflarck is paid to build a factory. As a starting point, Battery factory is defined as a place to provide service which can charge Battery or collect Battery.

Microverse is creating a new governing pattern on blockchain. In Microverse, no one has the absolute power to dominate the system, people have to rely on each other to get their best interest. After Microverse mainnet being launched, Microverser will be the first role in the system, miners will be voted from them thereafter to produce Blemflarck. Once there are enough Blemflarck, everyone can deploy factories will start to appear, whose functionalities can be charging Battery, issuing assets, exchanging goods, and all the things once one’s mind is finally able to express its free will. What is or, isn’t, evil, is left to the Citadel to decide, which is defined by the very people living in this universe, the Microversers.

I did not understand the purpose of this project for the society and I did not understand why it needs money from other people. In any case, people should be very careful about this project.
9  Economy / Scam Accusations / EMJAC.io - Suspicious project!!! on: August 18, 2018, 01:25:59 PM

ANN Thread: 🌟🚀🌟📈[ANN] [Pre-Sale] EMJAC.io Waste to Wealth Platform 📈🌟🚀🌟

http://archive.is/S0IK2

Profile: @Bountiful

Here are the EMJAC team members:

https://www.emjac.io ( http://archive.is/qZlfW )





M.K Kwan

Founder

Only the linkedin profile is working, because the facebook and twitter link do not work what seems very suspicious, your linkedin profile is very suspicious!

and has this:



https://bitcoinance.net/en/ ( Is a hyip/ponzi site )



and on the ponzi site we have:





and on the ponzi site we have:



see her linkedin:





and on the ponzi site we have:



http://whois.domaintools.com/bitcoinance.net

Created on 2018-03-08
Expires on 2019-03-08

Registrant Name: Martha Moses
Registrant Organization: Moses
Registrant Street: 410 Quincy Street 0 
Registrant City: Philadelphia
Registrant State/Province: PA
Registrant Postal Code: 19103
Registrant Country: US

http://whois.domaintools.com/emjac.io

Created on 2018-06-30
Expires on 2023-06-30

Registrant Organization: WhoisGuard, Inc.
Registrant State/Province: Panama
Registrant Country: PA









10  Economy / Scam Accusations / ULTRIX COIN PLATFORM is a scam project on: July 09, 2018, 07:50:27 PM
ANN Thread:  ULTRIX COIN PLATFORM

Profile: @ULTRIXcoin

this is the https://www.ultrix.co website, now see the members of the ultrix team: https://www.ultrix.co/team



and now check out this site: https://www.trackico.io/ico/deconet

ANN Thread:  [ANN][BOUNTY][ICO] Deco.Network | Software licenses on the blockchain



https://www.trackico.io/member/david-sneider

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dsneider



https://www.trackico.io/member/chris-cassano

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ccassano



https://www.trackico.io/member/fabio-muniz

https://www.linkedin.com/in/fabiowlmuniz



https://www.trackico.io/member/min-h-kim

https://www.linkedin.com/in/minkimd14/



https://www.trackico.io/member/joe-mccann/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephisaac/



https://www.trackico.io/member/matthew-mcgraw/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mjm11/

They are not part of the https://www.ultrix.co team.



Edit to add more details:










11  Economy / Scam Accusations / HiroyukiCoinDark - SCAM ICO ( Fake team ) on: July 09, 2018, 12:00:15 PM
ANN Thread: [ANN] [ICO] HiroyukiCoinDark | Token to support a charity organization. ( archived )

Profile: @hiroyukicoin

Web Site: https://hiroyukicoindark.com

This is the team of hiroyukicoindark



see here for reference: https://hiroyukicoindark.com

According to the website https://hiroyukicoindark.com Feitan Portor is the CTO, see who is Feitan Portor:

https://www.istockphoto.com/photos/japanese-businessman?excludenudity=true&sort=mostpopular&mediatype=photography&phrase=japanese%20businessman

https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/johnny-greig-business-man?mediatype=photography&phrase=johnny%20greig%20business%20man&sort=mostpopular



According to the website https://hiroyukicoindark.com Matiy Kohmatiyneit is the CFO, see who is Matiy Kohmatiyneit:

https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-the-girl-in-the-glasses-is-standing-with-a-tablet-at-the-bars-at-the-176983187.html

https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-portrait-of-smiling-young-business-woman-in-glasses-standing-and-holding-tablet-over-white-background-111493323.html



The other team members have names of the Anime Hunter X Hunter



12  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / bitcoin and Tether: " Canceled Audit and Issuance of 300 Mln New Tokens " on: March 29, 2018, 11:43:43 AM

Small introduction about Tether: Tether Case, Explained

1 - What is Tether?

Tether is a cryptocurrency that represents real currencies in a Blockchain market.

The project was founded in November 2015. It has two tokens USDT and EURT, which were made as analogues of USD and EUR in a Blockchain world. These cryptocurrencies are closely connected with the exchange Bitfinex. At first, Tether was based on the Bitcoin Blockchain system, but in June 2017, the transition to Litecoin was declared.



4 - What about tokens liquidity and emission?

Without any audit information, it cannot be stated for sure.

Despite all the issues described above, the Tether capitalization was growing. It has been growing rapidly, so it means investment flow. But where does it come from? As the official site says reserve holdings are subject to professional audits. However, Tether does not give any names of auditors or companies.

Tether cannot use bank facilities, so where does the company hold its money? Why is the information not known for token holders? What is the real circulation of tokens? The Blockchain community has more questions than answers. Emission can be excessive, which means unbacked tokens.

The pair USDT/USD is presented on only two exchanges: Kraken and Bitfinex. Bitfinex fixed the price of one USDT at a rate of one USD. The volume of these transactions is tiny, so the question about the liquidity is open.

source: https://cointelegraph.com/explained/tether-case-explained

Ok, let's go to the article:






The inner workings of Tether have been under constant scrutiny and they’re in the spotlight again after issuing 300 mln new Tether tokens last week. To understand why Tether has been the subject of controversy for the past six months, one should remember how this cryptocurrency works.

According to Tether, USDT tokens are “backed’ by US Dollars in a 1:1 ratio. In the last six months, Tether have been constantly accused of not having sufficient fiat reserves to back the tokens that they periodically issue.

That’s why some industry critics paid special attention to the changes in a price of Bitcoin that have come after the issuance of new Tether tokens. Given that Tether is equal to one dollar, users have been buying various cryptocurrencies with Tether tokens. If these tokens are not backed by an equal amount of dollars, cryptocurrencies prices, in particular, may have been irregularly inflated.

Point proven again?

Casting aside speculation on the reserves backing Tether tokens, the issuance of 300 mln new USDT last week once again coincided with a six percent rebound in the price of Bitcoin.

This prompted fresh reactions from critics - with outspoken anonymous blogger Bitfinex’ed leading the charge with another heated tweet. Tether and sister company cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex threatened legal action against critics in December.

In January 2018, Pantera Capital chief investment officer Joey Krug expressed concerns that these rallies had led to Bitcoin rise to an all-time high in $20,000:

“This became more and more concerning, because every time the markets went down, you have seen the same thing happen. It could mean that a lot of the rally over December and January might not have been real.”

read more here

well, this seems to be a very serious problem, I have been following this story about Tether for some time, but I would like to hear your opinion on this subject.

A possible collapse of Tether, what would be the immediate effects caused by this possible collapse?

this guy @Bitfinex'ed, has become a big enemy of the owners of Tether, why? Would not it be easier to do such an audit and end all this noise?

What is your opinion on this story?

PS: I'm not accusing Tether of anything, I just want to better understand this whole story.
13  Economy / Service Discussion / Payza Faces Major Money Laundering Charges in the US on: March 23, 2018, 06:28:38 PM
Unbelievable:

Payza Faces Major Money Laundering Charges in the US

Most people are familiar with the company Payza. This particular service provider integrated cryptocurrency payments quite some time ago. It now seems the US government has taken a rather harsh course of action against Payza. The company faces charges of running an unlicensed money services business.


US GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON PAYZA


Any company dealing with cryptocurrencies will irate the US government sooner or later. In the case of Payza, the charges against them are quite steep right now. Running an unlicensed money services business is subject to severe penalties and even jail time. It is evident this is not the outcome most people were hoping for, as it puts cryptocurrency in the crosshairs of regulators once again.

So far, one of the company’s co-founders has been arrested, whereas his brother is still at large. Both Ferhan and Firoz Patel are charged with facilitating up to $250 million in money laundering. This money belongs to child pornography sites, darknet users, Ponzi schemes, and so forth. It is a long laundry list of charges which should not be taken lightly by any means.

What makes this story extremely worrisome is that Payza has close ties to the cryptocurrency industry. The service lets users conveniently buy Bitcoin and a few other currencies. Bitcoin support was first introduced back in 2014, and several altcoins were added in late 2017. It seems all of these integrations have been successful for the company, although it is unclear if any cryptocurrency was involved in the alleged money laundering.

For now, the court filing does not make any mention of cryptocurrency whatsoever. It is evident there are plenty of allegations that cryptocurrencies are used to launder money associated with criminal activities. So far, very few of those claims have held up, simply because the cryptocurrency industry is not big enough to move around large amounts of money without detection.

The big question is how all of this will affect the thousands of Payza users around the world. Since so much money was laundered through this particular payment service, users of Payza may have been affected by this tainted money in one way or another. Considering that this money was transferred over the course of six years, the full scope of this operation will not become clear for quite some time.

Surprisingly, the filing also mentions two other major online payment processors which have been caught up in this scheme. Both AlertPay and EgoPay have been under the control of the Patel brothers as well. EgoPay isn’t around any longer, as it was shut down in 2015. AlertPay is still around these days, and it will be interesting to see how this news affects that company.


source: https://themerkle.com/payza-faces-major-money-laundering-charges-in-the-us/

 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

This is a very shocking news, I used payza for many years and I always thought they were trustworthy and honest, I can not believe they did these things that are being accused, I hate people that hurt children and know that payza is involved with child pornography? they are disgusting! Angry

They asked me so many documents to verify my account and today I find out they do it? I'm really shocked.
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / ”Zen Master” Steven Seagal Eyes Up a Replacement for Bitcoin on: February 20, 2018, 07:37:51 PM

This will be a subject we will hear a lot in the coming months:





Steven Seagal is eyeing up a cryptocurrency to replace bitcoin. Bitcoiin – count those I’s – may look and sound similar to bitcoin, but is very different. It runs on the Ethereum network, confusingly, and boasts “zen master” Steven Seagal as its brand ambassador. To add to the confusion, Bitcoiin with two I’s sports a website that’s one letter away from this one and styled in the same colors. The whole affair could be dismissed as another crypto joke, were it not for a tweet from Seagal’s official account throwing his considerable weight behind the project.


Dotting the I’s and Crossing the T’s

Bitcoin has survived all kinds of foes, but in Steven Seagal it may have met its biggest threat yet. The man who spent his professional life beating up bad guys has one final boss in his sights: bitcoin. If Seagal has his way, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency will be dealt a lethal one-two combo courtesy of bitcoiin2gen (B2G).

Pronounced, presumably, in the same manner was one would pronounce bitconeeeeeeect, bitcoiin is being billed as the ultimate sequel that will be “bigger and better” than the original. Naturally there’s an ICO, a white paper, and a roadmap which speaks of $50 million of venture capital being raised in September of last year. Apparently $50 million isn’t enough to launch a cryptocurrency these days. With “unlimited potential clients” and a “worldwide network approach”, Bitcoiin is quite the groundbreaking project.

read more here



Reading this news made me laugh a lot and at the same time made me think of some things such as:

Why do some people do not create their own thing just do copy / paste and even knowing that they are doing copy / paste dare to criticize the original thing?

We have already had many altcoin with ridiculous names and ridiculous projects. but this seems to me to be the worst of all the ridiculous projects, I criticize the movie of steven seagal because in his movie he was always super genius, he never lost to anyone and had many effects exaggerated. and now the guy enters the crypto world with a ridiculous project? no one deserves this.

So here's my question:

What do you think about this project?

Do you guys think this can beat Bitcoin?

Do you think this project could be in the top 30 of coinmarketcap?
15  Economy / Trading Discussion / Which is the best option: BTC/USD or BTC/Altcoin on: January 28, 2018, 03:28:03 PM
I decided to create this thread to discuss whats is the best option? trade: BTC/USD or trade BTC/Altcoin?

- What is the best capital to meke trade BTC/USD?

- How often do you make day trade on the BTC/USD pair?

- Do you use technical analysis to make trade BTC/USD?

- Is there any secret strategy?

Feel free to share your experience.


16  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-26] Plexcoin ICO Organizer Held in Contempt by Quebec Superior Court on: October 26, 2017, 07:07:40 AM


Plexcoin ICO Organizer Held in Contempt by Quebec Superior Court

PlexCoin ICO organizer Dominic Lacroix has been found in contempt of court in Quebec for violating a ruling that barred Lacroix and his associated companies from holding an initial coin offering in Quebec or soliciting investors from the Canadian province.

The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), Quebec’s chief financial regulator, announced in a statement that the Quebec Superior Court — the province’s highest trial court — had found Dominic Lacroix and an associated company, DL Innov inc, in contempt for violating an earlier court order related to the PlexCoin ICO.

In July, the AMF had issued orders prohibiting Lacroix and several associated companies from promoting “any form of investment” to investors in Quebec and operating an investment scheme from within the province, even if it was targeted solely at investors who did not live in Quebec. The order specifically mentioned PlexCoin, an ethereum-based token that markets itself as “the next cryptocurrency” and advertises the “potential profit” that investors will make by participating in the early stages of the now-concluded PlexCoin ICO.

In addition, the Financial Markets Tribunal (TMF) ordered PlexCoin to cease advertising on the internet — anecdotal accounts indicate the PlexCoin ICO had engaged in an aggressive Facebook ad campaign — close its Facebook accounts, shut down its websites or at least block IP addresses originating from Quebec, and publish the TMF order on the homepage of all associated websites.

When it became clear that Lacroix and PlexCoin did not intend to comply with the orders, the AMF issued a bulletin warning investors about the risk of investing in the ICO.


https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/plexcoin-ico-organizer-held-contempt-quebec-superior-court/



Reading this thread https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2010097.0

https://lautorite.qc.ca/grand-public/salle-de-presse/actualites/fiche-dactualite/monnaie-virtuelle-plexcorps-plexcoin-dl-innov-inc-gestio-inc-et-dominic-lacroix-sont-vises-pa/
there's no smoke without fire. If AMF (Autorité des Marchés Financier, like a SEC french) ask something to Quebec autorities it's certainly because there is something.  TMF has banned PlexCorps, PlexCoin, DL Innov Inc., Gestio inc. And Dominic Lacroix to carry out any activity in order to carry out, any transaction on any form of investment in Quebec or from Quebec outside Quebec.
Do you really want to take risks when there are so many other ico ?  Run Away


It was as if this guy was predicting the future.
17  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-20] Cyber Crimes Unit to Catch Sexual Predators By Mining Bitcoin on: October 20, 2017, 09:11:34 PM



A Benton County Arkansas Cyber crimes police unit said they intend to catch child pornographers and sex criminals by mining bitcoin. The county’s sheriff, Shawn Holloway, said that technology is evolving rapidly. In this sense, law enforcers must remain a step ahead to keep up with nascent trends in criminality. This is especially true when it comes to “cyber crime” and dark web activity.



A local news article said, “Today the sheriff announced that members of their cyber crimes unit will now be “mining” bitcoins as a way to catch sexual predators and other criminals who are using the secret web browsers.”

This method will likewise help educate police personnel on cryptocurrency technologies.


Law Enforcement to Buy Child Pornography with Bitcoin to Catch Offenders

The law enforcement unit plans to mine bitcoin and use it to buy child pornography. Then they will travel to arrest the offending suspect. A Detective for the department, David Undiano, clarified:

" People are selling child pornography on the dark web and on the internet. They are accepting bitcoins, not payments. We can’t use the sheriff’s office credit card, and we cant exchange child pornography. We need some type currency to get this and then identify who we are getting it from. That way, we can go arrest that person."

https://news.bitcoin.com/cyber-crimes-unit-to-criminals-by-mining-bitcoin



I did not understand this police strategy, if bitcoin is anonymous how they will find the pedophiles using bitcoin?

"The department is conducting this educational meeting, because the FBI recently said there has been a rise in the number of people trading in pornography, buying drugs, and engaging in human trafficking"

another thing I do not understand, if FBI already has many bitcoins that confiscated from many thieves, why not use these bitcoins to catch such pedophiles instead of the police mining?


18  Economy / Exchanges / I need your help or advice about exchange on: October 14, 2017, 12:47:07 PM
as the title says, I need your help or advice

bittrex is blocking members account:

My Bittrex account has been disabled.


https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=463202.msg22983969#msg22983969

I immediately removed all my funds from bittrex, but what other exchange can I use?

I need some exchange that is not equal to poloniex, bittrex or yobit.

I need a professional exchange, that answer support tickets.
19  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-13] Bank of Lithuania Discourages Financial Institutions From Dealing.. on: October 13, 2017, 10:25:28 AM

The Bank of Lithuania has issued an official position regarding initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies, in which the central bank encourages banks to withhold financial services from businesses operating with virtual currencies. Lithuania’s central bank also expressed its belief that ICOs should be regulated as securities.




Lithuania’s Central Bank Has Discouraged Companies From Engaging in a Range of Activities Relating to Cryptocurrencies


According to a press release published by the Bank of Lithuania, “financial market participants should not engage in the sale of virtual currencies, provide conditions for customers to pay in payment instruments issued by them (e.g. debit or credit cards, etc.), execute any operations in virtual currencies, and also engage in their exchange or similar activities.” The statement also states that businesses “should not link their services to virtual currencies and create an impression that such services are supervised and subject to the same security standards as those applicable to financial services are.”

Marius Jurgilas, Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania, states that “Virtual currency is an instrument involving high risk, while profiteering on it may lead to significant losses of funds. Therefore, in order to protect the customers of financial institutions, financial institutions legally operating in our country and supervised by the Bank of Lithuania must strictly dissociate themselves from this product type in their activities. An illusion that virtual currencies are supervised or safe can in no way be created.”

The release states that “financial market participants that will provide financial services to customers who offer virtual currencies… will have to ensure strict compliance with the requirements for the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.”



The Bank of Lithuania Believes ICOs Should Be Regulated as Securities


The release also articulates Lithuania’s central bank’s position with regards to initial coin offerings. Bank of Lithuania believes that when an ICO exhibits the features of securities, the crowdsale should be subject the juridical requirements of the Law on Securities. The central bank asserts that the pertinent regulations may differ depending upon the particularities of each individual ICO, stating that “when deciding on the application and scope of specific legislation of the Republic of Lithuania for specific ICO, the conditions of the relevant ICO should be analysed and assessed.”

Marius Julius states that “in their essence, [ICOs] are the raising of funds from investors, often unprofessional, to finance some activity. Since the risk of losing investors’ funds and other risks are particularly high, our position is that such offering, in certain cases, should be subject to investment related legislative requirements and restrictions.”

Lithuania’s official position pertaining to cryptocurrencies has changed on several occasions in recent years. In 2014, Bank of Lithuania issued a statement that emphasized the potential risks to investors relating to bitcoin, asserted that bitcoin was not legal tender, and discouraging the nation’s financial institutions from conducting cryptocurrency related operations. In 2016, Lithuania’s Vice-Minister for Economy, revealed that the country’s officials were exploring investing into blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies, stating “we think that technologies such as blockchain, cryptocurrency, and bitcoin are among the latest and most exciting financial innovations. Lithuania… [has] serious intentions to invest into breakthrough in this area and to become a leader on the regional and global scale.”

The recent central bank position suggests that official Lithuanian sentiment regarding virtual currencies has again returned to one of discouragement.

https://news.bitcoin.com/bank-lithuania-encourages-financial-institutions-withhold-services-companies-operating-virtual-currencies/



 “financial market participants that will provide financial services to customers who offer virtual currencies… will have to ensure strict compliance with the requirements for the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.

FinCEN director Jennifer Shasky Calvery said:

"There has been public reporting of connections of ISIL promoting the use of bitcoin and virtual currencies as a means of moving and raising funds, but I think we are also very focused on the traditional means of moving funds so I think we need to keep our focus on both areas."

Bitcoin, Paris and Terrorism: What the Media Got Wrong


Most authorities blame bitcoin when it comes to money laundering and terrorist financing, but they forget that these two cancers already existed before even bitcoin existed
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