Category Archives: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Company Claims To Insure Vs. Crowdfunding Fraud

There’s a company that claims to be insuring donors against crowdfunding fraud. It’s website says that: “If a campaign you back turns out to be fraudulent, [they] will refund each dollar you lost.” The premium is cheap, $10 for 1 … Continue reading

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The Rise of Serial Crowdfunding Scammers

Perhaps someone should start a Black Book of serial crowdfunders who raise large sums of money and continually fail to deliver on their promises of finished products. One complaint comes from HeatStreet where it alleges that so-called “social justice warriors” … Continue reading

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Wall Street Attempts To Push Out Crowdfunding Lenders

Wall Street is stepping into a vacuum left by crowdfunder Lending Club by initiating a new consumer lending platform named “Marcus.” If you are invited to the party (with a code), you will be able to borrow up to $30,000 … Continue reading

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Regulators/Portals Investigating More Crowdfunding Campaigns

The Louisiana Attorney General is working with the trust and security team at GoFundMe to be on the lookout for fraudulent crowdfunding campaigns in the wake of the recent flooding there. The Hill reports:”GoFundMe has a team in place to … Continue reading

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No Startup Above The Law

The Los Angeles District Attorney slapped unicorn Uber with a $10 million fine for its misleading advertising and failure to pay airport fees. In its press release the DA’s office warns businesses and “… startups in particular, that in the … Continue reading

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Hey Buddy, Want to Invest in a Zika Cure?

Psst! There’s a company that’s got a Zika vaccine coming. Better invest now! The Securities and Exchange Commission has posted a new Investor Advisory about stock scams dealing with the Zika virus. The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy says … Continue reading

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Avoid Crowdfunding Disasters

Tips on how to avoid a crowdfunding disaster include: have a cynic on the management team who can anticipate how things will go wrong; double your budget for the cost of building your product (remember Murphy’s Law); triple the estimate … Continue reading

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