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Thursday, 21 January 2021 12:33

$ 400M INVESTMENT SCAM - FENITA LA COMEDY FINIKO

The illegal Finiko service started operating at the end of 2017. It was positioned as an automatic profit-making system. Currently, it is represented by Cyfron FNK LTD, registered in the state of Saint Lucia (no license is required to work with cryptocurrencies).

The site in the .ru domain zone is not available. There is a working mirror of “thefiniko” (in the .com zone). The user agreements on both sites are identical. What is noteworthy is that the platform offers gaming programs that mimic investment programs. And the internal CFR token is not an official currency and has no financial value. The company does not bear any responsibility.

This approach allows Finiko to work without loss since 2017. In November 2018, the platform launched an active advertising campaign. The scammers offered to buy an apartment or a car, pay off another loan for 35% of the cost. The peak of active use of the service occurred at the end of 2019. This was accompanied by the visibility of the accrual of funds to users. However, few users were able to withdraw real funds...

There are the main signs of a financial pyramid: lack of regulation, registration in an offshore company, short life (the cost of the CFR token is close to zero), very high profitability (promised more than 200% per year), enticing and expensive website design, a lot of good reviews.

Finiko, the only known cryptocurrency, has a huge number of wallets in Bitcoin and Ethereum. The largest crypto wallet received 12099.294 BTC (almost in 2.5 years). It may have been used for trading on the stock exchange. More than 129 thousand wallets involved in the activities of the illegal service have been identified. The main large (used for receiving / sending) wallets are monitored by the services of the SICP platform.

In the darknet, there is a forum where enthusiasts are working to identify large Finiko wallets and select private keys to them. In total, Finiko attracted more than $300 million from the population (according to SICP experts, more than $400 million)!..

Analysis of recent transactions shows that the funds are withdrawn mainly on the Asian cryptocurrency exchange, managed from Russia. If you or your loved one suffered from the activities of Finiko, please contact CryptoCERT (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Source: sicp.ueba.su

Published in INVESTIGATIONS
Friday, 27 November 2020 18:18

FRAUDERS USE NAME OF BIG PLAYERS

On November 2, 2020, the Polymetal international investment phishing site was launched. Its contents have been copied almost entirely from the original Polymetal International website. Most of the pages were copied and modified for the needs of the attackers. However, the link in the clone logo leads to the original site.

The home page of the fake site contains information about investment packages (5 types), with a profit of 5 to 50 percent in 8 days. The same information is available in the investor's personal account after registration. Investments can only be made in bitcoins.

 

In less than a month, the scammers sold 34 packages worth about 0.19 BTC. The criminals' consolidating crypto wallet received 250 transactions at 53.44 BTC. Most of the funds are withdrawn on the Hong Kong crypto exchange Binance.

It is noteworthy that on the same hosting in Phoenix (California, USA) there is another project of Lugwise Asset Management (Lugwiseinvest). The project was launched on October 5 and is positioned as a London-based asset management firm. Although the legal address on the site is listed in San Francisco (California, USA).

Judging by the activity and the amount of funds on the associated purses of the scammers, this is not a complete list of their illegal services and projects.

If you or your loved ones have suffered at the hands of fraudsters, please send notifications to the service mailbox of the CryptoCERT service (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Original: Polymetal International

Scam: Polymetal International Investment

Published in INVESTIGATIONS
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 16:14

CLOUDTOKEN - 150X PROFIT OR PYRAMID SCHEME?

Since the spring of this year, a project called CloudToken is actively developing and promoting the network, positioning itself as "the first wallet in the world that integrates all crypto assets of the blockchain on one platform." Their goal is to provide project participants with a special ecosystem of public savings.

The project supports 7 major cryptocurrencies and stablecoins, 21 referral levels, has a mobile application (wallets in leading marketplaces) and offers its participants a yield of 6 to 12% per month, as well as 150-fold profit (!) For 2019. At the same time, the first participants (top of the pyramid?) Are promised support for the issuance of payment cards.

The project attracts its participants (the number of which, according to some estimates, has already exceeded 800,000 people) with the help of the so-called "network leaders" from around the world. For example, in Russia and neighboring countries, Pavel Chernyshev is engaged in resource promotion.

Information on the project website is presented in English and Chinese, the legal entity Cloud Technology and Investment Pty., LTD is registered in Australia, and the United States is indicated as the geolocation of the site. Currently, 145 countries are involved in the scheme.

The process of making a profit is described on the resource as follows:

1. Participants send funds to ETH / BTC in the Jarvis bot asset management pool.

2. A tool called Varoom collects data from over 38 cryptocurrency exchanges.

3. Varoom transfers assets to the Jarvis AI BOT.

4. Varoom instructs Jarvis.

5. Jarvis trades on exchanges.

6. Information is collected on the latest prices at CoinMarketCap.com.

7. Members receive rewards in CTO tokens.

8. The rest of the earned funds are transferred to the Jarvis Asset Reserve.

9. Jarvis Asset Reserve supports the rate in the conversion wallet.

10. Participants can convert CTO to ETH, BCH or other cryptocurrency at any time.

The mobile application offered for download is positioned as a cryptocurrency multi-wallet with passive income (while funds can be sent in only one direction), as well as a trading bot (without confirming trading volumes). Nevertheless, judging by the volumes, the funds received from participants (victims?) Are immediately transferred to controlled sites and cold wallets.

According to an investigation conducted by the experts of the cybersecurity resource SICP (sicp.ueba.su), the total amount of funds that have passed through only one wallet currently exceeds 6 billion rubles, and this figure is constantly growing.

In particular, as a result of the investigation, it was found that all the main assets of the CloudToken project are transferred to the South Korean crypto exchange Upbit, and also are withdrawn through wallets in Thailand (in some cases they are frozen).

Below is some more evidence that the CloudToken project is just another pyramid scheme.

1. Despite the fact that the organizers of the project position it as a “completely decentralized cryptocurrency wallet”, in fact it’s hard to even call it a wallet. In fact, users only get access to the server, where they see their tokens. Judging by the CloudToken tracker on Etherscan, all it can boast of is 4 addresses and 5 transactions, with 99.9999% of the funds held at one address. Thus, buyers give their money, but do not become owners of the coveted tokens.

2. In the promotion of the service involved people who have repeatedly advertised fraudulent schemes.

3. Lack of evidence of trading using the Jarvis bot. Although representatives of the project claim that they generate profit using the Jarvis AI Bot bot, which is used for arbitrage trading on exchanges, there is no evidence of such trading on the resource.

4. Cryptocurrency pyramid based on the Ponzi scheme. Project participants on the referral side need to replenish their account by at least $ 500, after which they will be able to receive commissions for attracted people. In this case, commissions are paid up to level 21. It is unlikely that such a scheme can last long.

5. Lack of use cases. CloudToken does not have application scenarios in the real world, it can only be purchased from developers, and no token exchanges accept. The price of the token is not supported by anything, the demand for it is artificial. The company can change the value of the token at any time.

6. Lack of access to CTO wallet private keys. Users do not receive secret keys from the "wallet", instead they are given a password or PIN code.

7. The promise of high return on investment. Most projects that promise high investment returns actually turn out to be scams, unless the program has official registration and regulation.

8. Invalid information. The White Paper of the project mentions the names of people who have nothing to do with the project.

From the foregoing, we can conclude that CloudToken does not have a secure cryptocurrency wallet, its founders do not trade on the exchange and deceive investors. In addition, the project is advertised by well-known network scammers, and the CloudToken address is involved in the services of doubling bitcoins and the distribution of paid prohibited content.

Source: CryptoRussia.ru

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