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  • EU Commission takes action against Cyprus and Malta’s malicious Golden Passports Schemes

    EU Commission takes action against Cyprus and Malta’s malicious Golden Passports Schemes

    EU passports are highly prized as they give their owners the right to travel, live, and work freely in all 27 members of the union. Unfortunately, some countries such as Cyprus and Malta sell citizenships and thus EU passports as part of investment programs for the sole benefit of these countries. Most recently, Al Jazeera has revealed that Cyprus is also offering its "Golden Passport" scheme to convicted criminals and money launderers. Now the EU Commission takes action to terminate this malicious approach.

     
  • CySEC confirms receipt of Maxigrid Request 4 Action

    CySEC confirms receipt of Maxigrid Request 4 Action

    FinTelegram has received lots of evidence suggesting the involvement of Roy Almagor's CySEC-regulated Maxigrid Ltd in broker scams like RoyalsFX or LincolnFX. These scams have harmed thousands of EU small investors. However, the legal responsibility to investigate the allegations lies with the responsible regulator CySEC and law enforcement. We have therefore sent a Request 4 Action to the CySEC Chairwoman and Europol. The receipt was confirmed by CySEC and thus the clock is ticking.

     
  • CySEC confirms receipt of Maxigrid Request 4 Action

    CySEC confirms receipt of Maxigrid Request 4 Action

    Over the last months FinTelegram has received plenty lot of evidence that suggests the involvement of Roy Almagor's CySEC-regulated Maxigrid Ltd in broker scams like RoyalsFX or LincolnFX. These scams have harmed thousands of EU small investors. However, the legal responsibility to investigate the allegations lies with the responsible regulator CySEC and law enforcement. We have therefore sent a Request 4 Action to the CySEC Chairwoman and Europol. The receipt was confirmed by email and the clock is running.

     
  • Lessons from BitMEX Case – Arrests, warrants, and bribing regulators with coconuts

    Lessons from BitMEX Case – Arrests, warrants, and bribing regulators with coconuts

    The U.S. Prosecutors charge the BitMex founders Arthur Hayes, Benjamin Delo, Samuel Reed along with the senior manager Gregory Dwyer with (a) violating the Bank Secrecy Act and (b) conspiring to violate the Bank Secrecy Act, by willfully failing to establish, implement, and maintain an anti-money laundering (“AML”) program at the crypto exchange or BitMEX. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

     
  • CySEC Scam Tourism – The ‘Blank Pages Approach’ of Financial Ombudsman Cyprus!

    Andreas Koufkis is for sure an honorable businessman. He is one of the seven members of the Board of Directors of The Financial Ombudsman of the Republic of Cyprus. By his business genes, Koufkis is not on the consumer side. Being the General Manager of Atlantis Securities Ltd, a company registered in Cyprus and licensed by CySEC (CIF 005/03) he can not be regarded as a consumer advocate. Only one director, Loucas Aristodemou, is representing consumers as President of the CyprusConsumers Union and Quality of Life.

     
  • Maxigrid Case – Open Letter to CySEC chairwoman and Europol

    Maxigrid Case – Open Letter to CySEC chairwoman and Europol

    FinTelegram and EFRI have sent an open letter concerning Maxigrid and the related broker scams like RoyalsFX or LincolnFX (to name only two) to Demetra Kalogerou, chairwoman of CySEC, and Europol. The claim of The Financial Ombudsman Service of the Republic of Cyprus that CySEC would not be responsible for the crypto activities of the investment firms they regulate is wrong in our view. In addition, Maxigrid also handled bank deposits for scams hance was involved in fraudulent FIAT transactions too.

     
  • Maxigrid Case – Cyprus Financial Ombudsman confirms regulatory violations but doesn’t care!

    Maxigrid Case – Cyprus Financial Ombudsman confirms regulatory violations but doesn’t care!

    Cyprus is really dark territory within the regulatory regimes in the EU. In plain sight, CySEC-regulated investment firms operate scams and/or facilitate them with their financial services. As in the case of Roy Almagor's Maxigrid and its meanwhile vanished BitandBuy crypto investment platform. Even the Financial Ombudsman Office has found that Maxigrid has violated regulatory requirements. However, the office does not feel responsible for customer complaints for very strange reasons.

     
  • CySEC Tourism – More scams and victims of Maxigrid’s BitandBuy fraud facilitator identified

    CySEC Tourism – More scams and victims of Maxigrid’s BitandBuy fraud facilitator identified

    Sometime in April 2020, the discussion with Maxigrid started. A customer lost several hundred thousand Euros via the broker Scam RoyalsFX. He had made the deposits on the instructions of RoyalsFX via the BitandBuy crypto platform of the CySEC-regulated Maxigrid. He lost everything and involved FinTelegram in the complaint and shortly afterward BitandBuy disappeared without a trace. However, more scams and victims appeared after our Request 4 Information in June 2020.

     
  • Austrian FMA warns against PumaTS scam broker Blackstone500

    The Austrian FMA warns against Blackstone500 (www.blackstone500.com). It’s about time for law enforcement agencies in various EU jurisdictions to take action. In any case, the Leverate Financial Services Ltd which is regulated in Cyprus by CySEC should be approached to identify the beneficial owners and individuals behind PumaTS. The latter is a white label broker platform provider as well as a partner and client of Leverate and operates a vast scam broker network.

     
  • EU License Passporting – Spanish CNMV allegedly plans actions to stop malicious practices

    According to a report by Gerald Segal of FX News Group (FNG), the Spanish regulator CNMV is planning tough measures against regulated brokers to protect Spanish customers. Specifically, these are mainly CySEC regulated brokers who operate in Spain through the EU Passporting License. The CNMV measures are designed to prohibit the common illegal practices of many regulated brokers and their respective boiler rooms.