Switzerland's financial markets regulator has ordered the closure of three companies tied to an alleged cryptocurrency scam.
The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) announced on September 19 that it had shut down the Quid Pro Quo Association, Digital Trading AG and Marcelco Group AG in connection with the sales of a so-called "E-Coin" cryptocurrency. The companies had apparently been operating without the appropriate authorization, and were liquidated by FINMA as a result.
Notably, FINMA said that, unlike other cryptocurrencies, E-Coin didn't function in a decentralized manner, but was instead under the complete control of those selling them.
The agency explained:
Notably, E-Coin isn't the only allegedly fraudulent crypto scheme on FINMA's radar.
In its release, FINMA said it had warned three other companies against offering fake cryptocurrencies, listing Suisse Finance GmbH in Liquidation, Euro Solution GmbH, and Animax United LP as the firms in question. The regulator is also investigating other groups for potentially unauthorized cryptocurrency sales, and warns that anyone interested in investing in cryptocurrencies ensure that they are protected.
"In addition, FINMA is conducting eleven investigations into other presumably unauthorised business models relating to such coins," the agency said.
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