The Idaho Department of Finance announced Wednesday “a series of fraudulent
cryptocurrency schemes seen recently targeting Idaho investors.” The regulator detailed:
The companies purport to provide high returns with no risks to the investor.
These fraudulent schemes are operating under the names and websites of Crypto FX Direct, Shield Investors Ltd., Quartz FX Trade, and Finvest Trading. At the time of writing, some of the schemes’ websites are already offline.
The regulator added:
These websites make outrageous, demonstrably false statements and claims such as guaranteed returns on investment as high as 65% – 80% every 24 hours.
To begin investing with these companies, investors have to purchase an investment plan using cryptocurrency, the finance department described. One of the companies, Finvest Trading, charges between $500 and $100,000 to begin trading.
“They offer profitable investments with any plan, and purport the more invested, the greater the return,” the regulator detailed, adding that the companies’ investment advisors provide investors with “phony credentials.”
At the end of the agreed trading period, investment advisors contacted the investors and notified them that they made substantial returns on their investments. However, they had to pay a fee to receive their investment returns. Investors were then advised of additional fees and penalties before they could receive payouts.
The regulator noted that these entities are neither registered to sell securities in Idaho nor have they filed with the Idaho Secretary of State to conduct business in the state.