How to Remove Scammers from the ICO Market? Review of ILP Funding

ilp as a solution of scamming

The ICO market is developing by leaps and bounds. If for the whole of 2017 all start-ups attracted a little more than $3 billion, then just for 5 months of 2018 this figure reached 13.7 billion. This method of collecting investment is fairly simple and very convenient for all parties. But it has a downside: the fact is that along with honest teams in the market there are a lot of scammers who simply take money from trusting investors. An unprofessional investor has a much higher probability of getting trapped than getting a profit. The ICO market does not have any administrative control, regulatory rules and verification. In this article we will talk about one of the options for solving this problem, namely ILP funding.

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  1. What is ILP?
  2. The main advantages of ILP
  3. Forecasts for ILP
  4. Conclusion

1. What is ILP?

This alternative to IPO in the crypto world (and not only) was first proposed by the international company Tokenote. The abbreviation ILP stands for Initial Loan Procurement. To eradicate fraudulent schemes, all participants (both borrowers and creditors) undergo a procedure for verifying the identity through a digital ID. Only after this the borrower can create smart contracts, and creditors (investors) make investments. Directly crowdfunding takes place on the Blockhive platform, where internal currency is the HIVE token. The main idea of ​​the developers is the modernization of the ICO market and the elimination of its main shortcomings.

2. The main advantages of ILP

  • Combining the simplicity of the ICO and the legal responsibility of the parties. Clever contracts in this concept are signed by means of a digital signature, so they have legal force, and then they are stored in the blockchain.
  • All procedures meet the necessary requirements of international law, therefore ILP provides for prevention of money laundering schemes. This is achieved through verification and authentication of all participants in the process.
  • One of the main differences between ILP and ICO is the lack of funding based on tokens. The fact is that within the ICO, start-ups, in pursuit of initial investments, can release an unlimited number of tokens, creating a glut in the market. In ILP, there are loans, not tokens, so the problem of inflation is solved by itself.
  • Due to the fact that investments are fixed in the legal field under the guise of loans, they cannot be taxed. This is a huge plus, as in our time in many countries there are quite impressive taxes on the cryptocurrency.
  • Within ILP, investments are protected from speculative schemes, as investors derive their profits from the company’s real revenues, rather than from the artificial increase in the price of tokens.
  • ILP funding need not necessarily be related to cryptocurrencies, this method of attracting investments is much more universal than ICO (private companies, government structures, etc.).

3. Forecasts for the development of ILP

This method of issuing digital credits can potentially have a great future, since ILP is as simple as ICO, but it has a much greater range of functions, and is also in the legal field. For this reason, ILP is unlikely to be prohibited even in such countries as China, where the ICO is banned.

4. Conclusion

The ICO market is certainly one of the most highly profitable investment instruments in our time, but due to the lack of regulation, there are a lot of scammers here. A novice investor has virtually no chance of succeeding in this field. ILP is one of the solutions to the problem of fraudulent schemes in this area.

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Bomb Bitcoin: A New Scammers’ Scheme of Getting Cryptocurrency

Scammers are becoming more and more resourceful in making up new ways of obtaining cryptocurrency, in particular Bitcoin. This scheme is quite simple: the criminal sends an email where it is pointed out that if a victim does not send $20,000 in Bitcoin within a specified time period, then the former denotes a bomb inside the building where the victim’s company is. The culprit also sends the Bitcoin addresses, in the following email, such an address does not exist.

It is just impossible not to respond to such threats due to some moments in history, so the whole offices are now being evacuated as this scam spreads.

Here you can see the full text of the email:

“My man carried a bomb (Hexogen) into the building where your company is located. It is constructed under my direction. It can be hidden anywhere because of its small size, it is not able to damage the supporting building structure, but in the case of its detonation you will get many victims.

My mercenary keeps the building under the control. If he notices any unusual behavior or emergency he will blow up the bomb.

I can withdraw my mercenary if you pay. You pay me 20.000 $ in Bitcoin and the bomb will not explode, but don’t try to cheat -I warrant you that I will withdraw my mercenary only after 3 confirmations in blockchain network.

Here is my Bitcoin address : 1GHKDgQX7hqTM7mMmiiUvgihGMHtvNJqTv

You have to solve problems with the transfer by the end of the workday. If you are late with the money explosive will explode.

This is just a business, if you don’t send me the money and the explosive device detonates, other commercial enterprises will transfer me more money, because this isnt a one-time action.

I wont visit this email. I check my Bitcoin wallet every 35 min and after seeing the money I will order my recruited person to get away.

If the explosive device explodes and the authorities notice this letter:

We are not terrorists and dont assume any responsibility for explosions in other buildings.”

The New York Police Department (NYPD) reacted to such emails and made an official statement on Twitter, stating that such threats are considered to be “not credible”:

The FBI has also tweeted calling for public’s vigilance:

Our editorial board strongly urges not to believe such threats in order not to become a victim of the heinous scams. If you are hesitating if this email is real or not, please, call the police. We remind you

The Most High-Profile Scam Projects of 2018

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The Most High-Profile Scam Projects of 2018

The unfortunate fact, that the ICO market is dying. According to the Satis Group data, more than 81% of the market is a dead projects. The ingenuity of crypto fraudsters was the cause of investors lack of confidence.

It is worth talking about the most prominent scams, that might have destroyed ICO in 2018 as a transparent manner of investment.

Ifan and PinCoin – $660 million

This two crypto startups took the first place, just because they are running money scams of Vietnam Modern Tech company.

The founders promised 570% annual investment. Which sounded well for investors. Because everybody want a high income.

It was impossible to resist from Modern Tech offers, because the marketing was brilliant. The project gave a bonus per each engaged investor.

Now we can tell that initially it was an obvious scam. But no, the crypto fraudsters planned everything to a small detail. But in the end, word always gets out. The mass action in front of the Modern Tech office was triggered by the fact that cryptocurrency media began to publish information about the dark deeds of the company. During the mass action, investors demanded a refund.

In the end, 32 thousand of investors were cheated and the founders escaped with $660 million. Ironically, Ifan and PinCoin were guilty, but have not been punished for the crime.

PlexCoin – $15 million

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) undertook the scam situation. That’s why it deserves attention.

Scam projects on the ICO market is like an infection which should be treated at the beginning. The PlexCoin was cured before it caused a significant damage.

The creators of PlexCoin promised a great profit for the investors. This project promised 1300% profit per month. “PlexCoin will be the first cryptocurrency by capitalization, which will eliminate Bitcoin”, said creators. This assumption was a trigger for the SEC.

Dominic Lacroix, the creator of this scam, was charged and entailed to legal responsibility  with “willful distortion provided to investors” by French Financial Markets Regulator (AMF). Following the example set by AMF, the SEC filed a complaint and demanded to suspend the ICO.

During the investigation of the project it was suspended by a lawsuit. Without accepting the restrictions and continuing the sale of fake project tokens, Lacroix was fined $10 000 and deprived of his liberty for a two months.

PlexCoin has earned about $15 million. Ironically, the fraudsters were fined $100 thousand.

BitConnect – presumably, several millions

This is a fine example of fraud field. For two years, it was pulling out the money from gullible investors. BitConnect was launched in 2016 at the peak of hype.

The point of deception was simple: “Invest more – gain even more”. They promised that if they don’t withdraw the funds for 120 days then the profit will be 365%.

Due to the fact that in December 2017 the cost of the BitConnect token was $463, the states of Texas and North Carolina have turned their attention to it. They made the accusation due to unregistered distribution of securities. This reduced the price of the token by 90% and became $ 5.92 per coin.

But, after 2 years of existence, in January, the project disappeared from all the exchanges, and investors were left with nothing,according to the preliminary estimates, they have lost several million dollars. And of course they filed a class action amounting to $700 thousand.

Divyesh Darji managed project from Surat, India and was arrested in the summer of 2018 during the investigation.

Benebit – from about $3 to $4 million

The criminal schemes of Benebit for the ICO market were just perfect, unlike the projects presented above. Everything was at a high level, the project held top places in ratings, there was high activity in social networks, the PR manager did a titanic job. The Benebit activity was brilliant.

But they were revealed by smallest detail. It was because of  photos which they took from the school site, which were noticed by an unknown person. After this all got out, the creators turned off the site, accounts and went into hiding.

During the investigation nobody would think about verification of the authenticity of documents. It turned out that the passport data used by the promoters for work was fake. Another outstanding problem is the rating: how did he get such high marks and who did let that happen?

Conclusion

This is TOP scam projects which should become a lesson to investors. They made a list of “finest scam of 2018” by The Coin Shark, only for the uniqueness of fraud methods.

For example, in ICO Ifan, PinCoin and PlexCoin the investors were attracted with high profit. They were so blind that they did not notice the warnings of the experts.

PlexCoin was the first scam, in which the SEC interfered. As for PinCoin and Ifan they are extraordinary. Since the creators have been found, but not punished.

Benebit startup was unique by the fact that $500 thousand were invested in it under the guise of professional marketing. On the example of this project, we can see the gaps in the system of regulation of IСO.

BitConnect surprised us by the fact, that its financial pyramid was so obvious that it allowed to hide in plain sight. This is a good example of aggressive marketing and the greed of investors in getting money.

In fact, man’s recklessness is the root of the absence of confidence problem to ICO and not such projects. Everyone thinks that this will not happen to himself. But it will, if you are not reasonable and do not check the information about the project in which you intend to invest.

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SEC Obliged AriseBank Creators to Pay Indemnities and Penalties Amounting to $2,7 Million

Jared Rice Sr., the former CEO of AriseBank company, and the former operating officer Stanley Ford, did not admit their guilt in conducting the fraudulent ICO. According to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), they both agreed to out-of-court settlement.

The U.S. Federal Court obliged them to pay $2.26 million as a compensation for damage, both $184,76 thousand as a fine, in addition to $68 thousand for expenses. As well as, in addition to pay penalties, they could be sentenced to a life ban from leading the projects or participating in the issuance of securities.

Reportedly, Rice did not have access to FDIC insurance and had no partnership with Visa, to offer banking services in Texas. Moreover, Rice has spent investors’ money for his own personal use, while repeatedly talking to mass media about the “non-existent” advantages of AriseBank. In addition, the police believe that Jared Rice Sr. hid from the investors the fact of his previous conviction for fraud and accusations under other charges.  

We want to remind you, that recently SEC have declared their intention to fine social media celebrities who promote scam-ICO in social networks.

SEC Is Going to Fine Social Media Celebrities Who Promote Scam ICOs

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A Sextortion Crypto Scam Makes the Victims Lose Their Bitcoins

According to the research conducted by the company ProofPoint, specializing in cyber security, the residents of the US are now suffering from a major sextortion fraud scheme, involving Bitcoin.

The scam is pretty basic: a victim receives an email which claims that the criminals have dirt on him/her with a link to the alleged compromising info. In reality, this link leads to malicious software which is automatically installed to the device of a victim. After that, the person is required to pay 500 dollars in BTC or Dash, otherwise the compromising video will be posted online.

The company warns the users about the danger and encourages not to fall for the scammers’ blackmailing, moreover, not to open any links sent by them.

We remind you:

Crypto Scammers Attack Porn Lovers

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The Bitcoin SV Mining Pool Was Attacked by Scammers

Some crypto scammers tried to pull off one of the most popular fraudster tricks. They created a copy of the site of a large BSV mining pool – SVPool. The two sites looked identical, the only difference from the real one could be noticed in the URL. The criminals promised to sell BSV hashing power in exchange for Bitcoins. Luckily, the management of SVPool quickly detected the scam and informed their users about it. The official message said:

When clicking through the dupe site, many of the pages results in a 404 error, and in some cases, it takes you to their registrar’s error page. The site uses SVPool’s genuine social media handles to make things look at authentic as possible.”

Most of the crypto platforms now remind people to be careful and check the sites they are using thoroughly before spending their money. We remind you:

The Police of India Uncovered a 60-Million-Dollar Crypto Scam

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How to Explain to Your Grandparents in 10 Minutes What is Bitcoin?

The older generation often perceive innovations as something supernatural and incredulous refer about them. But, what should you do, if you need to explain to your grandparents what is bitcoin, despite the fact they are afraid of picking up a mobile phone? 🙂
Of course we exaggerate! But since, the cryptocurrency little by little captures the world finance market, bursting into the life of those, who aren’t interested in it – your grandparents should be prepared.

For this The Coin Shark had developed a strategy, which will help you to explain what is Bitcoin in 10 minutes. During the experiment, none of the grandparents didn’t refuse to descend the legacy to their grandchildren 🙂

Stage #1: “Bitcoin – is like a paper money, but not made of paper”

Remember, never try to explain to older generation about the innovations on the developers slang. We recommend you to draw an analogy with the things which are more understandable for them.

It is better to compare Bitcoin with the ordinary money. Explain them, that it has the same value as the paper money, in which they receive the allowance. You can also buy goods and pay for services by using Bitcoin.

Do not forget to specify that the cryptocurrency are not made of paper, but encrypted by computer code. The ordinary money which we receive we can touch but the digital – not. Because they are stored on the computer, while the ordinary money in the wallet.

As far back as you can go that cryptocurrency is based on cryptographic methods, its management is decentralized and it works on the blockchain technology – your grandparents may think that you are possessed by a demon. All this stuff are clear only to our crypto space.

Stage #2: “Miners – are gold miners”

After the first stage is complete, it is logically that your grandparents will ask you – “how to get them?”

The old and proven method of the analogy also works here. We all know that we earn Bitcoin by mining. We associate it with a gold mining. And we clarify that while mining the cryptocurrency hoes,picks are not used, but a computer.

If you see understanding in the eyes of your beloved grandparents, than you can add, that Bitcoin can be bought on the internet. Specify, where and how is not necessary.

Stage #3: “Spend Bitcoin in the specialized store”

Before telling to your grandparents, where they can buy products by bitcoin, they need to know, that it has its own rate as well as the dollar. Except the rate depends on demand. Prepare sedative, because once they know the price for one BTC they will be very surprised. Only we are complaining here, that “Bitcoin is dying” , and it will be shock for them, that only one coin can cost 4 thousand dollars. I guess you realise that you should keep silence about the rate of 20 thousand dollars.

Now you can tell them : “Since Bitcoin – is unusual money, they are spent only in the special stores”.
Good job, the grandparents are ready! Now they can tell to their friends about Bitcoin. And if they are not afraid of computer, and they were interested in your story, than in the “For Beginners” section, they may find more about the cryptocurrency #1.   

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