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Luka GlogoskiMay 17, 2018

5min727

The new SEC’s fake ICO website is aimed at crypto newbies in order to teach them what a legitimate ICO website shouldn’t look like.


 

The SEC setup the bogus ICO website HoweyCoins.com, complete with a fake White Paper, as an educational tool to alert investors to possible fraud involving digital assets like crypto-currencies and initial coin offerings.

Howeycoins.com

Once the would-be investor clicks on the About link at the bottom of the page, they are sent to the investor.gov page which greets them with the stark revelation that:

If You Responded To An Investment Offer Like This, You Could Have Been Scammed – HoweyCoins Are Completely Fake!

Further down the page they go into more detail behind the reasons for setting up the website and list a number of RED FLAGS such as:

  • CLAIMS OF HIGH, GUARANTEED RETURNS,
  • CELEBRITY ENDORSMENTS,
  • CLAIMS OF “SEC-COMPLIANT”,
  • INVESTING WITH A CREDIT CARD,
  • PUMP AND DUMP SCAMS,

which should alert potential investors of high probability of fraudulent actors being behind the website.

Every investment carries a certain level of risk, including registered securities (which is the main reason why they are regulated in the first place), so offering guaranteed returns is a dead certain scam giveaway, which everyone should be aware of at this stage.

“The rapid growth of the ‘ICO’ market, and its widespread promotion as a new investment opportunity, has provided fertile ground for bad actors to take advantage of our Main Street investors. We embrace new technologies, but we also want investors to see what fraud looks like, so we built this educational site with many of the classic warning signs of fraud. Distributed ledger technology can add efficiency to the capital raising process, but promoters and issuers need to make sure they follow the securities laws. I encourage investors to do their diligence and ask questions.”  SEC Chairman Jay Clayton explained in a press release.

Howeycoins.com Team

It’s probably safe to say that the SEC hasn’t been particularly crypto friendly as of late, however we see this as a positive move to help educate the masses on the difference between a legitimate and a fake ICO website. There are definitely both types out there.

Owen Donley, SEC Chief Counsel, explained how scammers

“can quickly build an attractive website and load it up with convoluted jargon to lure investors into a phony deal. But fraudulent sites also often have red flags that can be dead giveaways if you know what to look for.”

Why Howeycoins?

The SEC have shown that they do posses some degree of humor, as the fake coin’s name references the famous Howey Test, which was created by the Supreme Court for determining whether certain transactions qualify as “investment contracts.” If so, then under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, those transactions are considered securities and therefore subject to certain disclosure and registration requirements.

DYOR

Here at 2100news we do our best to vet any ICO project that we promote or list, however it’s very important that you always do your own research. If something sounds too good to be true it virtually always is. Just remember bitconnect and all the promoters who were pushing it all over YouTube. The real actors stayed well hidden and in the end ran away with millions. It’s been 4 months since the shutdown and we still don’t know who they are or if the investors will ever see their money again.

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Luka GlogoskiApril 4, 2018

3min388

US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) announced an investigation into blockchain linked fintech firm Longfin sending their stock price plummeting by 30%.


 

Longfin is a NASDAQ-listed fintech company (LFIN) whose stock price shot up more than 1,000% last December following an acquisition of Ziddu.com, a company specializing in smart contracts and micro-lending using Blockchain technology.

Longfin disclosed the investigation in a public 10-K filing to the SEC on April 2.  So far this year their stock is down by over 80%. It’s currently  trading at $9.39 per share.

LFIN Stock Chart Dec. 2017-April 2018
LFIN Stock Chart Dec. 2017-April 2018 (Image courtesy of NASDAQ.com)

“We are in the process of responding to this document request and will cooperate with the SEC in connection with its investigation. While the SEC is trying to determine whether there have been any violations of the federal securities laws, the investigation does not mean that the SEC has concluded that anyone has violated the law,” Longfin submitted in their 10-K filing to the SEC.

On the 5th of March the Division of Enforcement of the SEC informed Longfin that they would be investigating trading in the company’s shares and requested documents regarding its IPO and acquisition of Ziddu.com.

Longfin CEO Venkat Meenavalli openly acknowledged that the stock price spike last December, was unrealistic, stating that:

“This market cap is not justified. I valued my IPO pricing at $5.” Meenavalli added, “We are a profitable company… We have nothing to do with this euphoric mania.”

SEC has been very active in 2018 as it continues to crack down on ICOs and now even IPO companies, which they suspect may be using Blockchain technology to manipulate the markets.



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