It''s been a tough six months to be a crypto investor. Markets across the globe, weakening assets, and economic hardships have all struck out to shock the rapidly emerging market.
The price of bitcoin, the most-known cryptocurrency, has dropped since November, and currencies that were previously considered as safe and secure because they were placed on the currency and monitored via exchanges have seen their valuations collapse.
There were some interesting points.
As international and national authorities took steps to understand and monitor the sector, crypto enthusiasts began to see a spike in the market''s regulatory structure.
During Russia''s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, there was also an upswing. Many people were also sending money into and out of Ukraine via crypto, once again demonstring how the currencies might be used.
Despite these positive signs, the crypto industry now stands at a crossroads.
It has lost more than half of its market value since November, and is still ripe for spies, slanders, and sudden losses.
Authorities are adding another swindle to that list.
$1B Ponzi Scheme Hits Crypto
On May 13, tax investigators indicated that they have evidence of a $1 billion Ponzi scheme focused on the crypto market.
According to American tax commissioners, they were following 50 separate actions into bogus scams focused on things like nonfungible tokens and other decentralized areas of the business.
NFTs are one of the most powerful forms of trade-based money laundering, according to Niels Obbink of the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service at a press conference related to the Internal Revenue Service''s announcement.
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And since there is, compared to other well-known classical sectors, less control and supervision, and a limited regulation that makes it vulnerable for fraud, it must be focused.
Crypto''s ability to travel across borders completely undetectable has made it a tool for scammers looking to target vulnerable investors.
As crypto grifters strive for larger and richer targets, it has resulted in a large number of infractuous actions.
Among these are Im talking about, they involve individuals with significant NFT transactions relating to potential tax or other financial crimes in our jurisdictions, according to Jim Lee, the IRS''s chief of criminal investigations, during a press conference attended by Bloomberg.
The money involved appears to have impacted investors across the globe, including crypto buyers in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada, and Australia.
[One] appears to be a $1 billion Ponzi scheme. That''s $1 billion with a "B" and this strategy also impacts every single J5 country, according to Lee.
The International Tax Commission (J5) is a tax-crime-fighting program that includes authorities in five countries.
Can Regulators Keep Up With Scammers?
One of the most common concerns about the crypto sector is that it lacks transparency, is shy away from being overregulated and is so opaque that an investor loses money they have no choice.
While that has traditionally been the case, Lee said the IRS is making the tracking of crypto transactions one of its primary objectives.
For the time being, investors who think they have been the victim of a crypto fraud can fill out a report here at the Federal Trade Commission.