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Jack Dorsey’s Block is a Safe Haven for Criminals, Claims Hindenburg Research

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Updated by Geraint Price
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In Brief

  • Hindenburg Research short sells Block's shares after publishing a report.
  • They accuse Jack Dorsey of selling the top.
  • Block delivered a Donald Trump Cash card to Hindenburg investigator.
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Block (SQ) share price tumbled 18% following the publication of an investigation by short selling firm Hindenburg Research

Hindenburg claims to have investigated the payment service providers Block Inc. for the last two years and released a report today. It alleges that Block inflated user metrics and insiders sold the top.

Criminals Use Block’s Cash App

According to the firm’s annual report for 2022, they have 51 million monthly “transacting active users”. But, formal employees told Hindenburg that 40 to 75% of accounts on the Cash App are fake, involved in fraud, or additional accounts of existing users.

They claim that Cash App is wide open for criminals. An employee says, “Every criminal has a Square Cash App account.”

Hindenburg claims that pressure from top management has resulted in disregarding anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) laws.

Block’s Cash App enables creating an account with a phone number or an email address.

Donald Trump Visa Cash App Card

Hindenburg claims that it is easy for wrongdoers to impersonate celebrities using Cash App. They created two accounts with the names Donald Trump and Elon Musk and exchanged funds between these two accounts.

They also ordered a Cash App Visa card in the name of “Donald J. Trump” in June 2022 to test Block’s compliance. 

Block delivered Donald Trump card to Hindenburg analyst
Source: Hindenburg report

Further, Hindenburg claims that insiders, including CEO Jack Dorsey, sold more than $1 billion worth of stock. The report reads, “In general, Block Insiders increased the size and volume of their sales at just the right time, as the stock rose heading into early 2021.”

Source: Hindenburg report

Hindenburg Research has a short position on the shares of Block Inc. Following the report, the stock opened a gap down by 18% from $72.66 to $60. However, as of writing, it is trading at $63.05, around 5% up from the opening price.

Block has yet to comment on the claims.

Source: TradingView

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...
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