September 19, 2018: Two MAS warnings about fraudulent websites selling Bitcoin

The Monetary Authority of Singapore iaaued two similar fraud notices on the 19th: 

Warning on Fraudulent Website Soliciting Bitcoin Investments

 

Singapore, 18 September 2018… It has come to the attention of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) that a fraudulent website has been soliciting investments in Bitcoins using fabricated comments attributed to MAS Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam.  

The website’s article on Bitcoins is highly deceptive and misleading. The statements attributed to DPM Tharman are completely false, apart from his observation that trading volumes in cryptocurrency are low in Singapore. 

The site asks readers to sign up for a Bitcoin account and requests for credit card or bank account details. Members of the public should exercise extreme caution and avoid providing any financial or personal information on the forms linked from the website. 

Putting money in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoins is highly risky. MAS had issued an advisory on 19 December 2017 to warn the public of the risks of cryptocurrency investments.  DPM Tharman had in fact stated in a reply to a Parliamentary Question on 5 February 2018 that Singaporeans “could lose their shirts when they invest money in cryptocurrencies”. 

Members of the public who suspect that an investment could be fraudulent or misused for other unlawful activities should report such cases to the Police. 

For more information on cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency investments, please refer to MoneySENSE’s consumer alerts.

and:

Update: Second Fraudulent Website Soliciting Bitcoin Investments

 

Singapore, 19 Sep 2018… It has come to the attention of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) that another fraudulent website has been similarly soliciting investments in Bitcoins, using fabricated comments attributed to MAS Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam.  

MAS reminds members of the public to exercise extreme caution when dealing with such websites, and avoid providing any financial or personal information on the forms linked from the websites. Cases of fraudulent investments and other forms of unlawful activities should be referred to the Police.

Links:

MAS Notice 1

MAS Notice 2

Website screenshots for Notice 1 – screenshot 1screenshot 2

Website screenshot for Notice 2

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