Reporter Unearths Crowdfunding Scam

A Geektime reporter does a bit of due diligence and determines that the AurumCoin crowdfunding campaign is a scam.

Some evidence that the plea for money is not credible:

  • the appeal to the greed and doomsday factor;
  • no rewards for donations; located offshore;
  • the company would not reveal its management;
  • the use of a stock photo of their US representative on LinkedIn;
  • their United States representative did not appear exist in a web search; and
  • the use of gold as a standard of value.

After the reporter questioned Indiegogo, the campaign was taken down as a violation of its terms of use.

Congrats to the reporter for doing some initial digging and being skeptical.


About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at:
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