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Hong Kong's SFC Warns Public of Suspected Fraud by Crypto Exchange Bitforex

Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), Bitforex, virtual asset fraud, cryptocurrency exchange, investor protection, suspicious activity, regulatory compliance, user complaints, hot wallet outflows.

  • Mar 05, 2024 09:21
Hong Kong's SFC Warns Public of Suspected Fraud by Crypto Exchange Bitforex

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued a warning to the public about the cryptocurrency exchange Bitforex, citing suspected virtual asset-related fraud. The warning comes amidst growing concerns over the exchange's operations and its ability to process user withdrawals.

According to the SFC's statement, Bitforex is not licensed or registered to offer any regulated activities in Hong Kong. The regulator has received multiple complaints from investors who have been unable to withdraw their funds from the platform, raising suspicions of fraudulent activity.

The SFC's warning follows recent findings by blockchain investigator ZachXBT, who reported that Bitforex's hot wallets saw outflows of approximately $56.5 million on February 23. Shortly after the significant outflows, users began experiencing issues with withdrawals, which have remained unprocessed with no official announcements from the exchange.

The lack of communication from Bitforex has led to increased uncertainty among its user base, with many taking to social media platforms to demand answers and express concerns about the safety of their funds. The exchange's CEO stepped down from their position just one month prior to the current issues, further compounding the growing apprehension surrounding the platform.

Bitforex holds significant portions of the TRB (Tellor) and OMI (ECOMI) token supplies. The exchange's wallets are being closely monitored by the crypto community for any additional suspicious activity.

The SFC's warning serves as a reminder of the risks associated with unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges and the importance of conducting thorough due diligence before investing in virtual assets. The regulator urges investors to exercise caution and only deal with licensed or registered entities when engaging in cryptocurrency-related activities.

The SFC encourages anyone who has invested in Bitforex or has been affected by the exchange's suspected fraudulent activities to contact the regulator and provide relevant information to assist in their investigation.

The ongoing situation at Bitforex highlights the need for increased regulatory oversight in cryptocurrency exchanges. As more investors enter the market, it is crucial for authorities to take proactive measures to protect consumers and prevent fraudulent activities.

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