Crypto "Investment", "Recovery Room" Fraud Warning Issued By Belgium's Financial Regulator

  • Belgium's financial regulator has issued a detailed warning regarding the increasing number of cryptocurrency scams.
  • The nation's Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has disclosed a lengthy list of crypto websites engaging in "investment" and "recovery room" fraud.

Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has reportedly received an increasing number of complaints from local cryptocurrency investors. The nation’s financial regulator reported that consumers had been experiencing serious issues while using digital currency trading platforms.

In response to the complaints, the regulator’s official website issued another consumer protection alert regarding crypto trading stating,

“the FSMA repeats its warning against the fraudsters behind those platforms who are using cryptocurrencies to swindle consumers.”

Financial Services and Markets Regulator (FSMA)

Repeated Warnings About Cryptocurrency Scams

In the last four years, the FSMA has issued several warnings about fraudulent schemes and scams related to cryptocurrencies. Belgium’s regulatory authority also shared an updated list of crypto firms that had been identified as “operating unlawfully” in the constitutional monarchy.

The FSMA also mentioned that the list of fraudulent crypto companies “cannot be considered exhaustive”, however, it should be carefully reviewed by those looking to invest in digital currencies. The list includes all companies found to be offering “financial services and products without complying with Belgian financial legislation.”

Additionally, crypto-related businesses the FSMA found engaging in “investment fraud” are included in the list. There have also been several cases of “recovery room” fraud in Belgium, which the FSMA described as “a practice of that consists of contacting victims of earlier fraud...to offer assistance in obtaining compensation or recovering the [previous] losses incurred.”

Fake Names, Posing As Financial Professionals

According to the FSMA, this type of fraud usually involves people using fake names to pose as financial advisory professionals. In most cases, the regulator has reported that these fraudsters ask the victim to pay fees in order to recover their lost or stolen funds. However, it “does not result in victims being able to recover the sums lost”, the FSMA warned.

Included in the long list of fraudulent crypto-related websites targeting Belgian citizens are vechain-wallet.com, minedcrypto.com, london-exchange.com, ether-invest.com, among many others. In its detailed warning message, the FSMA wrote,

“Cryptocurrencies are the hype of the year. Fraudsters are well aware of that, and try to attract customers online through fake cryptocurrencies and huge profits. The only thing they actually do, however, is take the customers’ money and disappear. It is as simple as that.”

Financial Services and Markets Regulator (FSMA)

As mentioned, the list of fraudulent crypto businesses and websites that have been identified is not exhaustive and the FSMA has asked potential digital currency investors to contact them should they have “any doubts.” A consumer contact form has been provided so that people can easily obtain information regarding potentially fraudulent crypto-related schemes or websites.

"Detailed And Telling Testimony"

There’s also “detailed and telling testimony” the FSMA has shared so that potential crypto investors may be warned about the various risks associated with investing in digital assets. The testimony reveals how an unsuspecting Belgian investor was scammed out of thousands of euros through a crypto-related fraud.

Given the serious nature of these cryptocurrency scams, the FSMA has launched an “awareness campaign” with the help of the Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Economy, an organization focused on the development and sustainability of the nation’s goods and services market.

Hacker Attempts to Sell Data Allegedly Stolen From Ledger, Trezor, and KeepKey

Michael LaVere
  • Online data monitoring service Under the Breach says a hacker is attempting to sell databases belonging to Ledger and Trezor.
  • The hacker allegedly used a Shopify exploit to obtain client information, while the company claims to have found "no evidence" of a breach in security.

Online data monitoring and prevention service Under the Breach says a hacker is attempting to sell client information belonging to cryptocurrency hardware wallet manufacturers Trezor, KeepKey, and Ledger. 

According to a tweet published May 24, Under the Breach said an the alleged hacker of the Ethereum.org forum was attempting to sell databases belonging to Trezor, KeepKey and Ledger. The stolen data was reportedly obtained via an exploit involving the e-commerce platform Shopify, with the tweet implying more leaks could have occurred that have gone unnoticed. 

The hacker also claimed to have the full SQL database belonging to the online crypto and fintech investment bank, BnkToTheFuture. 

In a subsequent tweet, the data monitoring service claims to have warned BnkToTheFuture about the leaked information.

The documents posted by Under the Breach reveal the hacker allegedly has information belonging to three large databases encompassing 80,000 clients.  

Ledger responded to the proposed Shopify data breach the same day, calling the hack a “rumor.” The crypto wallet manufacturer claimed to have analyzed screenshots from the leaked database and found it did not match their records. 

A Shopify representative told News.Bitcoin that the company had investigated the security breach and found “no evidence” of any compromise. 

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