The State Securities Board presents these resources to help investors navigate the minefield of investment offerings tied to cryptocurrencies.
Although the world of virtual currencies – with thousands of different currencies, and terms such as blockchain, initial coin offerings, tokens, and mining – may appear to be exciting and revolutionary, investors should exercise the same caution and due diligence as they do with any other investment opportunity.
This Investor Alert from the Texas State Securities Board highlights the results of a four-week "sweep" by its Enforcement Division into investment offerings that were tied to virtual currencies. Enforcement Division attorneys and investigators conducted the sweep in response to a sharp increase in the number of securities offerings marketed to Texans. The investigation targeted promoters who appeared to be illegally and fraudulently using online advertisements, social media, and other public solicitations to attract Texas Investors.
The Texas State Securities Board was the first state securities regulator to enter an enforcement order against a cryptocurrency firm and to date the Securities Commissioner has entered 17 orders, the most of any state. Click on the company name to read the news release on the action and the order itself.
Dec. 20: USI-Tech Limited
Jan. 4: BitConnect
Jan. 24: R2B Coin
Feb. 3: DavorCoin
Feb.15: Investors in Crypto LLC
March 5: LeadInvest
May 15: Wind Wide Coin Inc.
Nov. 27: My Crypto Mine and Mark Steven Royer
CFTC FinTech Conference: Combatting Cryptocurrency Fraud
Joe Rotunda, director of the Enforcement Division of the Texas State Securities Board, participated in a panel on detecting and preventing cryptocurrency-related investment fraud at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission conference Oct. 3-4, 2018, in Washington. D.C.
Joe Rotunda, director of the Enforcement Division of the Texas State Securities Board, participated in a FTC workshop in Chicago on June 25, 2018, as part of a panel of regulators, academics, and consumer advocates addressing the problem of fraudulent promoters taking advantage of increasing consumer interest in cryptocurrency-related investments.