Fake Passports, Fentanyl, and Fraud: Just Another Day in Crypto! 💸
From Binance being courted by Brazilian regulators, to fentanyl getting a crypto spin in China, and even some 'who-dun-it' with forged passports.
Hey there, crypto enthusiasts! This week, we have a whole lot of action coming from every corner of the globe. Scams, regulations, and debates, it's all here. So, buckle up and let's dive in.
Binance Summoned to Brazil for Pyramid Scheme Probe
First, in some regulatory drama, Binance finds itself in the crosshairs again. This time, it's Brazil giving them the side-eye for potentially assisting pyramid schemes.
Alfredo Gaspar, a Brazilian Deputy, is summoning Guilherme Haddad, Binance Brazil's head honcho, to answer some questions before their Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry.
The decision on Gaspar’s request is due by the end of the month. If it sails through, it will add to Binance's growing tally of international regulatory entanglements. I say, grab some popcorn and watch this space! (Read more: https://cryptobriefing.com/binance-suspected-of-pyramid-scheme/?utm_source=cryptopanic&utm_medium=rss)
💊 Chinese chemical producers are accepting cryptocurrency as payment for fentanyl ingredients they sell to drug organizations worldwide.
— Cryptonews.com (@cryptonews)
Jun 23, 2023
Crypto funds Fentanyl Trade despite China Ban
The wild world of crypto is not without its dark corners, unfortunately. Chinese chemical producers are found to be accepting crypto for fentanyl ingredients sold to global drug syndicates.
The fact that over 90 Chinese companies have shipped precursors and the drug itself to Mexico, racking up an estimated total payment of over $64 million, is chilling to say the least.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren is attempting to clamp down on this - and anything else crypto related - with a bill aimed at tightening anti-money laundering rules. (Read more: https://cryptonews.com/news/fentanyl-ingredients-sold-for-crypto-by-chinese-labs.htm)
Don't Get Scammed By Fake Crypto Claims
A word of caution from the Canadian Securities Administrators - beware of fraudulent companies claiming to offer authorized crypto services. These companies will try to deceive you with false certifications and pretend affiliations with regulatory bodies.
Keep a keen eye out for spelling errors and poor grammar, and don't forget to double-check affiliations with official bodies like the International Organization of Securities Commissions.
And remember, folks, if it seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is. (Read more: https://cryptonews.com/news/beware-of-fake-regulatory-claims-by-crypto-firms-warns-canadian-securities-administrators.htm)
Announcement from Haru Invest:
— Haru Invest (@haruinvest)
Jun 22, 2023
"Heavy Hearts at Haru Invest: 100+ Employees Let Go After Withdrawal Halt"
Over in South Korea, Haru Invest, a crypto yield platform, has waved goodbye to over 100 employees in light of a recent withdrawal and deposit suspension. They are attributing the fiasco to service partner issues and possible false information.
Haru is prepping to take legal action against B&S Holdings, the purported root of all the chaos. It's a tense game of wait-and-see as Haru embarks on its recovery journey. (Read more: https://cryptonews.com/news/crypto-yield-firm-haru-invest-sacks-100-employees-following-withdrawal-halt.htm)
FTX Seeks to Recoup $700 Million From SBF's Affiliated Funds Through Lawsuit
In lawsuit news, FTX (the defunct cryptocurrency exchange) is chasing millions in a bankruptcy court.
They're targeting an aide to Hilary Clinton and their investment firm, K5 Global, in an attempt to retrieve funds which were allegedly transferred frivolously by Sam Bankman-Fried. Also in their crosshairs are entities linked to a shell company used by Bankman-Fried to purchase a stake in Kendall Jenner's 818 Tequila brand.
As FTX gears up to sell its stake in AI startup Anthropic, former users could see a windfall from the proceedings. A proper crypto soap opera, isn't it? (Read more: https://cryptonews.com/news/ftx-seeks-recover-700-million-from-sam-bankman-frieds-affiliated-funds.htm)
BREAKING: Terra founder @stablekwon has been found guilty of document forgery and sentenced to four months in jail by a Montenegro court. By @iamsandali.
— CoinDesk (@CoinDesk)
Jun 19, 2023
Do Kwon Blames “Chinese-Named Agency” for “Fake Passports”
Lastly, in a twist of events, Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon, who's currently detained and facing extradition to South Korea, points fingers at a “Chinese-named agency” for allegedly providing him with forged passports.
Kwon claims he trusted a "friend's recommendation" for the agency and was unaware of the passports' authenticity. The question now is whether he will be granted bail and be able to return to South Korea. Time will tell, and until then, Kwon has a mystery to unravel... (Read more: https://cryptonews.com/news/terras-do-kwon-blames-chinese-named-agency-for-fake-passports.htm)
Well, that's a wrap for this week's crypto rollercoaster ride. Stay safe out there, and remember to always DYOR (Do Your Own Research) before making any big moves. Catch you next time!
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