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February 18, 2019, 10:31:45 AM
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What happened: FAKE TEAM - Using stock images of the team

Scammers Profile Link:  Bounties (Altcoins) https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5111018.0
https://web.archive.org/web/20190218100835/https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5111018.0

Scammer website: http://emporium.vc/



FAKE NAME: MARK HASSOF
REAL NAME: STOCK FOTO

https://online.maryville.edu/online-bachelors-degrees/management-information-systems/careers/
http://fixthephoto.com/gallery/photo-retouching/1489448069.jpg/page-189




FAKE NAME: THOMAS HELLWIG
REAL NAME: STOCK FOTO

https://www.shutterstock.com/ru/video/clip-33372391-portrait-businessman-walking-towards-camera-smiling





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February 18, 2019, 10:38:22 AM
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Nice find! I have posted a warning in the topic you linked to but I didn't tag the account. It is likely a shill account but it's hard to tell if he is connected.

EDIT: Never mind, tagged the account. Here is a different topic he posted: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5101716.msg49401753#msg49401753
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February 18, 2019, 12:12:13 PM
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I have searched for some texts and phrases on the site and unfortunately, there is a lot of Plagiarizations.
For example, but not limited:
In Europe, the funding increases in full-year 2018. The total annual funding activity increased to $21B in 2018 across 2,745 deals.

Europe European funding increases in full-year 2018 • Total annual Europe funding activity increased to $21B in 2018 across 2,745 deals. $7 $10 $14 $13 $18 $21 1,550 1,633 2,035 2,403 2,871 2,745 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Investment ($B) Deals
I expect there will be more. [Look for sections of sentences and not sentences in full.]

Also, interaction on social media predicts that numbers are fake.





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May 04, 2019, 02:32:37 PM
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Hi all,

I am one of the founders of Emporium. We are currently experiencing a lockout from our server. There are a couple things that are wrong on the site. In addition to some of what is posted here the STO did NOT start! We are trying everything we can to gain access to the server again. If we don’t get it fixed we will take the server offline for now. If you have any question, please join our telegram group, send me a message here, or write me an email.

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May 04, 2019, 04:55:30 PM
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Hi all,

I am one of the founders of Emporium. We are currently experiencing a lockout from our server. There are a couple things that are wrong on the site. In addition to some of what is posted here the STO did NOT start! We are trying everything we can to gain access to the server again. If we don’t get it fixed we will take the server offline for now. If you have any question, please join our telegram group, send me a message here, or write me an email.

Kind regards

Christoph


Server problem???  This thread is about your fake team members.  Don't you have something to say about that? or you dont want to?

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May 04, 2019, 06:21:39 PM
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Hi all,

Our server was hacked and we were locked out. From what I can say right now there was fake information published on the site, as you mentioned about the team, pictures but even more disturbing about the pre-sale date to be 1st of March this year. Which is wrong, there is no pre-sale going on right now. As of now we can not say when we will start a pre-sale. We are doing everything to be a 100% legally compliant. The STO (if we even do one) will take place in Germany and we will work with the BaFin to make this work. As of now, we are not there yet.
We are still taking a closer look at what happened and I will keep you updated here.

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Last edit: May 05, 2019, 05:21:30 PM by ICOEthics
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Hi all,
Our server was hacked and we were locked out. From what I can say right now there was fake information published on the site...
...The STO (if we even do one) will take place in Germany...


This accusation was made on February 18th, 2019 and only today +2 months later that you come here to say something? Looks like that you didnt care.

And due to the fact that your server was hacked and you got locked out, this presents a big problem for investors. It appears that you didnt use strong security measures to protect your data.

Maybe you shouldn't do the STO if you cant keep your server safe.

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website archive: http://web.archive.org/web/20190218101532/http://emporium.vc/

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May 05, 2019, 03:19:21 AM
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The site was hacked a few times over the last couple month and it seems like it was set back to an earlier hacked version a couple of times after we made changes. However, there is no investor's data being lost, there are no investors. There is no whitepaper, no company presentation, no STO. The website is just a landing page informing about the project and a possible STO in the future.
We did not advertise the project here or on any other ICO/STO discussion forum which we would do once we are ready, therefore we did not monitor the forum either. This was brought to my attention because of a recent hack that said that the pre-sale was already going on, which caused us to search the forums and post a warning and status.
We are rebuilding the site now and will move it to a more secure location, once and if an STO will happen the infrastructure will, of course, have the highest possible standard.

I appreciate you looking out for scam ICO's and people trying to convince people to invest in their own pockets. But that is not what any one of us is or was doing or what the project is about, the opposite is the case, which is maybe why we were a target.

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The site was hacked a few times over the last couple month...
We did not advertise the project here or on any other ICO/STO discussion forum...
We are rebuilding the site now and will move it to a more secure location...
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Hacked a few times??? That is even worse.....What kind of people do you have working for you, it appears none of them are qualified - who are they by the way? You said that "fake information published on the site", who are the people in your team? names? profile? images?

Someone posted/advertised on this forum about your project: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5111018.0

Not sure if you can handle security. Moving to another location or another planet, we will never trust security in your hands.




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May 06, 2019, 07:30:02 AM
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Again, the site was simply to inform about a project that might turn into an STO.
By the site being hacked, there was no damage done to anybody but ourselves. Especially due to this here. I don't know the person who posted the other post, it is not my style of writing and it is even wrong, the person did not get what the project is about.

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