Crackdown on AI Crypto Scams: Investors Beware of Buzzwords and False Endorsements

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The recent joint efforts of the Texas State Securities Board and several state regulators resulted in cease-and-desist orders against Horatiu Charlie Caragaceanu, The Shark of Wall Street, and, a move that highlights the increasing need for caution and due diligence in the cryptocurrency industry. The crackdown targets a fraudulent securities scheme attempting to capitalize on the growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) through the promotion of two cryptocurrencies, named TruthGPT Coin and Elon Musk AI Token.

Marketed as a highly profitable venture, TruthGPT Coin allegedly utilizes an AI system called Elon Musk AI. This model claims to examine multiple digital assets, forecast future cryptocurrency values, and differentiate between lucrative investments and fraudulent ones. Advertisements for TruthGPT Coin even mention a possible 10,000-fold increase in worth. However, the Emergency Cease and Desist Order points out that investors are being misled by false claims of Elon Musk’s endorsement, along with flashy animations and images designed to create the illusion of support from high-profile figures like Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao and Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin.

Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles warns that bad actors are capitalizing on widespread public interest in the cryptocurrency space. He highlights that while these schemes can appear sophisticated, they’re often rooted in deceit and fraud. Meanwhile, Texas State Securities Board enforcement director, Joe Rotunda, advises investors to disregard emotions and scrutinize each offering objectively, emphasizing the importance of vigilance in such cases.

The fraudulent scheme involving AI showcases the increased risk of being lured by buzzwords that may appeal to investors, but also serve as convenient bait for malicious actors attempting to take advantage of these trends. This includes pump-and-dump schemes, a common occurrence in the crypto market. Data from Chainalysis reveals that out of the 40,521 tokens launched in 2022, 9,902, or 24%, underwent a price decline within the first week indicative of possible pump and dump activity.

As the crypto industry continues to evolve, it is vital for investors and regulators to remain informed and vigilant in identifying potential scams and fraudulent schemes. While the growing interest in AI and other technologies offers unique opportunities for investment, it also carries risks. Ensuring safe and secure engagement in the market requires ongoing efforts from both regulators and investors, as well as a commitment to continuing education on this rapidly changing landscape.

Source: Cointelegraph

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