North Dakota Shuts Down Russian ICO, Calling It Fraud

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:53
Yuri Molchan
A local watchdog has made a cease-and-desist order regarding a Russian ICO that allegedly tried to offer investors fraudulent securities
North Dakota Shuts Down Russian ICO, Calling It Fraud
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The North Dakota regulator dealing with securities has banned a Russian-based token offering that seemed to impersonate Union Bank AG from Liechtenstein and was allegedly promoting securities that potentially seemed to be a scam.

Using the bank’s name to raise investments

On Monday, a top official of the local Securities Department in North Dakota, Karen Tyler, stated that the project’s site, dubbed Union Bank Payment Coin (UBPC), had simply copied parts of the content from the website of Union Bank itself, imitating its wording, style, images and even leadership data.

The fraudsters claimed that they were offering the first ever security in the world backed by a respectable bank with all necessary licenses and also pegged to the Swiss franc. Tyler specified that the scammers used the announcement the Union Bank made in August about blockchain banking.

The scam team trace leads to Russia

The IP address of the Union Bank’s site is based in Liechtenstein, but when security experts traced UBPC’s IP they found it in Russia, registered to a physical entity.

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North Dakota is on the cutting edge of crypto attacks

Tyler reckons that since ICOs are being massively promoted through social media sites, it is exactly why the North Dakota State is at the highest risk, attracting scammers and other con artists both local and overseas ones.

Financial fraudsters keep making profits on DLT and crypto, as well as ICOs, she added, warning investors to be very careful and consider their investment opportunities very well.

Russian crypto mafia charges at US investors

The aforementioned case seems not to be the first one when US regulators are nailing Russian fake crypto businessmen. Back in September, a similar thing took place in Texas, when the local Commissioner on securities spotted several crypto scams set up by Russians.

Cease-and-desist orders were issued against DGBK Ltd, Coins Miner Investment Ltd, and Ultimate Assets LLC.

About the author

Yuri is a journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future. ‘Hodls’ cryptocurrencies. Has written for several crypto media. Currently is a news writer at U.Today, can be contacted at