Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Fee (SFC) and native regulation enforcement have collectively issued a public warning towards an entity masquerading as crypto change MEXC International.
The scammers are reportedly pretending to be a reliable digital asset buying and selling platform (VATP) and luring unsuspecting victims into collaborating in what seems to be a crypto funding rip-off.
The listing of blocked net domains included within the alert exhibits the scammers are utilizing hyperlinks with addresses that begin with “mexc” and finish in random alphabets akin to phishing hyperlinks.
MEXC International’s precise web site doesn’t seem within the listing as of press time.
The SFC has positioned MEXC and its related web sites on the Suspicious Digital Asset Buying and selling Platforms Alert Checklist as of Feb. 9, following intelligence shared between the SFC and the police beneath a joint working group centered on monitoring and investigating unlawful actions within the digital asset area.
Victims have been reportedly drawn into social media or prompt messaging discussion groups beneath the guise of receiving free funding recommendation, solely to be directed to MEXC-operated web sites for crypto purchases. Subsequently, these people have been prompted to deposit funds into particular financial institution accounts for funding functions, dealing with difficulties when making an attempt to withdraw their funds later.
The Hong Kong Police have taken steps to dam entry to web sites operated by MEXC. Nevertheless, there’s an ongoing concern that MEXC could proceed to create new web sites with related domains to perpetuate their fraudulent scheme. The general public is urged to train warning and stay vigilant towards such misleading practices.
The SFC’s repeated warnings emphasize the significance of due diligence and the necessity for buyers to be cautious of “too-good-to-be-true” funding alternatives, particularly these promoted by social media platforms and prompt messaging apps.
The regulatory physique stated that fraudulent, unlicensed platforms usually undertake names just like reliable entities to mislead buyers. The general public is suggested to confirm the legitimacy of digital asset buying and selling platforms earlier than participating in any funding actions to safeguard towards potential fraud.
The warning towards MEXC comes amidst a broader regulatory crackdown on unlicensed crypto operations in Hong Kong following the introduction of a regulatory framework for licensing crypto exchanges final yr.
The SFC not too long ago reminded entities engaged in crypto change providers to use for licenses by Feb. 29 or stop operations by Could 31. To this point, Hong Kong has issued licenses to 2 platforms beneath the brand new framework — HashKey and OSL.
Moreover, Hong Kong authorities have launched a public session on legislative proposals aimed toward implementing a complete licensing regime for suppliers of over-the-counter digital asset buying and selling providers.
This initiative seeks to mandate licensing necessities for entities providing spot buying and selling providers for digital property and proposes extending the oversight of the Commissioner of Customs and Excise (CCE) to embody all over-the-counter digital asset providers. This contains monitoring licensees’ compliance with anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing requirements.