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绝不手软!NASAA已调查200多项加密货币欺诈

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绝不手软!NASAA已调查200多项加密货币欺诈

早在今年5月,北美证券管理协会(NASAA)组织了来自美国和加拿大等40个辖区的国家和州级证券监管机构,针对潜在欺诈加密货币投资联合开展了一项名为“Operation Cryptosweep”的调查行动,这是近期对可疑加密货币投资产品最大规模的一次打击行动。

本周二,NASAA在新闻稿中宣布,Operation Cryptosweep已启动200多项调查,并在过去几个月展开了47项执法行动。迄今为止,NASAA发现的违规行为包括证券欺诈,以及在向投资者发布前未成功注册产品等。NASAA已于今年早些时候向投资者发布了关于加密货币和ICO相关风险的警告,并称将集中调查可疑的ICO案例。

NASAA主席兼阿拉巴马证券委员会主任Joseph Borg发布声明表示,这些监管机构“正在投入大量资源,以保护投资者免从欺诈性ICO和加密货币相关投资产品中受到财务损害,并提高行业参与者对各自监管责任的认识”。此外,Borg还提醒投资者在购买任何代币之前都应自行研究,并指出投资者应警惕任何“无需进行证券注册,但不询问投资者收入、净值或投资成熟度”的ICO产品。

NASAA成立于1919年,协会成员包括来自美国、墨西哥和加拿大的国家和州级证券监管人员。通过这个协会,国家证券监管机构可以协调和参与“多国执法行动”并共享信息。

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced that there are "more than 200 active investigations" by state or provincial-level agencies into initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other crypto-related investment products.

NASAA, composed of securities regulators from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico, said in a press release Tuesday that its ongoing Operation Cryptosweep has now expanded to 200 investigations in the U.S. and Canada, and has already resulted in 47 different enforcement actions over the past few months. Violations found to date range from securities fraud to startups failing to properly register their products prior to offering access to investors.

NASAA president and Alabama Securities Commission director Joseph Borg said in a statement that regulators "are committing significant ... resources to protect investors from financial harm involving fraudulent ICOs and cryptocurrency-related investment products and also are raising awareness among industry participants of their regulatory responsibilities."

He added:

"While not every ICO or cryptocurrency-related investment is a fraud, it is important for individuals and firms selling these products to be mindful that they are not doing so in a vacuum; state and provincial laws or regulations may apply, especially securities laws. Sponsors of these products should seek the advice of knowledgeable legal counsel to ensure they do not run afoul of the law. Furthermore, a strong culture of compliance should be in place before, not after, these products are marketed to investors."

Borg also reminded investors to conduct their own research prior to purchasing any tokens, noting that any promoters "who claim their ICO offering is exempt from securities registration but do not ask about your income, net worth or level of investing sophistication" should be treated with caution.

As previously reported, Operation Cryptosweep was first announced in May 2018, when regulators in Canada and the U.S. said they were investigating more than 70 crypto-related startups for potential securities law violations. At the time, there were "35 pending or completed enforcement actions."

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