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伦敦警方调查加密货币维卡币欺诈事件

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伦敦警方调查加密货币维卡币欺诈事件

London Police Investigate OneCoin Cryptocurrency Scheme

伦敦警方正在调查一起电子货币事件。该事件被普遍认为具有诈欺性质。

维卡币(OneCoin)曾被认为是一次数字货币投资机遇,然而本周英国金融行为监管局(FCA)却表示该货币会给消费者带来风险。FCA是英国金融监管部门之一,负责为合法比特币和区块链服务供应商办法许可证。

电子货币维卡币虽和比特币具有一定相似性,但仍存在一些不同之处,诸如维卡币主要出售投资方案,同时也是中心化的交易、存储和交易记录中心。批评者认为维卡币作为一种数字货币,实际上是不存在的。

声明中,FCA呼吁受骗消费者与伦敦警方欺诈部门联系。FCA表示:

“这家公司没有得到我们的授权,我们不认为该公司进行的任何活动需要我们的授权。然而我们担心该公司会给英国消费者带来风险。”

而且,这不是维卡币首次引发监管部门的愤怒。

七月份,比利时当局警告消费者,在投资维卡币的时候要小心,因为维卡币支持者不断在发布“错误或误导消费者”的信息。

虽然还未得到确认,但是德国和孟加拉国等国的金融监管部门会进一步对此事进行调查。

The London police are investigating a digital currency scheme widely believed to be fraudulent.

OneCoin, promoted as a digital currency investment opportunity, was cited as a risk to consumers this week by the UK Financial Conduct Authority, one of several finance regulators in the country and the agency that has participated in the licensing of legitimate bitcoin and blockchain service providers.

Marketed as a digital currency similar to bitcoin, OneCoin has key differences such as an promotion-heavy pitch focused on selling investment packages and a centralized hub for exchange, storage and transaction logging. Critics have gone so far as to argue that OneCoin, as a currency, doesn't actually exist.

In statements, the FCA urged consumers who believe they have been scammed to contact the London police's fraud division.

The agency said:

"This firm is not authorized by us and we do not believe it is undertaking any activities that require our authorization. However, we are concerned about the potential risks this firm poses to UK consumers.”

Notably, this is not the first time that OneCoin has drawn the ire of regulators.

In July, Belgian authorities warned consumers about investing in OneCoin, warning that "false and misleading" information was being disseminated by supporters.

Though unconfirmed, financial watchdogs in Germany and Bangladesh, among other likely countries, are believed to be investigating the issue further.

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