Scammers are using new technology to steal crypto

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  • Scammers are using artificial intelligence technology to steal crypto from unsuspecting investors
  • California regulator issues cease and desist orders to the offending companies

Cryptocurrency scams are nothing new, and scammers are constantly finding new ways to deceive and swindle investors. One of the latest tactics involves mashing up two hot trends: artificial intelligence (AI) and crypto. Scammers are using AI to create fake CEOs and make exaggerated claims about generating high returns from crypto trading, all to lure unsuspecting victims.

The scammers’ tactics

The DFPI accused Maxpread Technologies, Harvest Keeper, Visque Capital, Coinbot, and QuantFund of offering unqualified securities and making false promises to investors. The companies claimed to use AI to maximize crypto trading returns and promised daily returns on investments ranging from 0.6% to 4.81%. But the DFPI called these claims false, labeling the companies Ponzi schemes.

Maxpread Technologies went even further, allegedly attempting to trick investors about the identity of its CEO using a fake, AI-generated avatar programmed to recite a script. In a YouTube video posted to its official Maxpread account, a claimed CEO named “Michael Vanes” gave an address about the company’s launch. However, Maxpread’s real CEO is Jan Gregory, who the company had called its chief marketing officer and corporate brand manager.

Harvest Keeper, another targeted company, allegedly hired an actor to play its CEO. Although no AI-generated leaders were involved in that case, the firm still claimed to use AI to maximize crypto trading returns.

DFPI serves cease and desist orders

In its cease and desist letters, the DFPI ordered the scammers to stop operating in California because they violated securities law. This means no selling or even offering “investments” like these to California residents. The DFPI is determined to protect consumers and investors from these unscrupulous actors and will continue its efforts to stamp out crypto crime in the state.

It is important to be vigilant when it comes to cryptocurrency investments and to do your research before handing over your money to anyone. The regulator also urged the public not to fall for promises of high returns or claims of using AI to generate profits. And if they come across such suspicious investment opportunity, they should report it to their state’s financial regulator or law enforcement agency.

The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decision.

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