Category Archives: fraud

The Initial Troll Offering

There is now a crowdfunded Initial Coin Offering  to respond to the open letter published in the Wall Street Journal by Interactive Brokers. If you recall, the IB letter claimed that Bitcoin valuation had no relation to reality. Now, the … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Site Sued For Complicity In Harassment

Subscription crowdfunding portal Patreon is being sued for $20 million for failing to enforce its terms of service. George Ouzounian, whose internet name is “Maddox,” and Jane Doe, a woman thought to be his former girlfriend, claim that a former … Continue reading

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Broker Objects To Bitcoin Futures

Crowdfunded Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have now surpassed early stage venture capital investments. CNBC reports: “In 2017, there has been 92 ICOs which collectively have raised $1.25 billion.” The Chicago Mercantile Exchange stated that Bitcoin futures will begin to trade … Continue reading

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How To Screw Up A Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding screwups come in multiple varieties. The most popular screwup is to raise a ton of money, then not deliver your pre-sold product or be incredibly late and fail to inform your buyers. One example of multiple screwups is Mate … Continue reading

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Forex Traders Seem To Like Crowdfunded ICO’s

Is the “smart money” really smart? A new survey of visitors to the Forexlive website, an information platform for foreign currency traders, reported that 19% have  invested in an Initial Coin Offering, while 8.5% said that they are interested in … Continue reading

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Fine Line Between Crowdfunding Fraud and Bad Business Judgment

Failed crowdfunding companies may come close to committing fraud. Such is the story of Kanoa, the wireless earbud firm that displayed signs of failure at various stages, but no one person had all the facts to conclude that the company … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding YouTube Celebrity Screws Fans

Here’s another way to get screwed via crowdfunding: A YouTube celebrity in Japan with over 2.2 million fans, Hikaru, sold “shares” in himself on a platform called Valu. Fans paid cash for tokens on the Valu exchange called VA’s. The … Continue reading

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