Canadian Regulator Gives Warning After Busting Two Cryptocurrency Firms

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In Brief
  • A provincial regulatory agency in Canada is cracking down on two cryptocurrency scams.

  • Jbcapitals and Halifax & Associates are being accused of promising returns and scamming customers.

  • The regulatory agency warns the public against any cryptocurrency fund that seems 'too good to be true.'

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The Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) in Canada has warned the public against cryptocurrency scams after cracking down on two firms.

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The world may be embroiled with a coronavirus pandemic, but Canadian regulators are still keeping their eye on cryptocurrency-related scams. A recent bust has caused one regional division to issue a warning to the public.

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Canadian Regulator Warns the Public

The Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC), a provincial regulator in Canada, has busted two cryptocurrency firms reportedly promising returns in the country. Called Jbcapitals and Halifax & Associates, they were operating in Switzerland and Denmark, respectively. Promising an “85% success rate,” they falsely claimed there would be no risk, which is a classic example of investment fraud. [Finance Magnates]

In response to these scams, the security regulator has warned the public against cryptocurrency-related schemes that promise returns. According to MSC, residents of Manitoba filed several complaints against the two accused firms already. Investigations are underway.

Promised returns in the cryptocurrency space should always be questioned and are never true. It’s a tell-tale sign that you are dealing with fraud, so it would be best to report such instances to the authorities so those responsible can be prosecuted.

Late last year, Canadian regulators warned the public of Bitcoin scammers impersonating police officers.

Canada and the Cryptocurrency World

Canada has had a mixed relationship with the cryptocurrency industry, although its reputation is better than most. BeInCrypto reported last year that a major Bitcoin fund was approved by regulators. Blockchain adoption also continues to steadily tick upward but still remains relatively marginal in the public eye.

The most prominent scam in the Canadian press was by far QuadrigaCX. The exchange shuttered its doors last year due to its founder dying and being the sole individual with the private keys. The story has come under question due to its shock value. The FBI was even brought in to uncover the mysteries behind the exchange’s bankruptcy, as BeInCrypto reported last June. However, a follow-up to where the case was going is still pending.

Altogether, Canada remains a top destination for cryptocurrency trading, and Canadian long-term holders should be concerned about their digital assets. However, it seems that regulators are keeping a close eye on scammers to clean up this still-young financial sector.

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Raised in the U.S, Lucian graduated with a BA in economic history. An accomplished freelance journalist, he specializes in writing about the cryptocurrency space and the digital '4th industrial revolution' we find ourselves in.

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