Blockchain, a cryptocurrency company, announced on their official Twitter that they have filed a complaint against Blockchaindotio, a cryptocurrency exchange, for using their name and promoting false information to users.
According to the blog report, Blockchaindotio is a cryptocurrency launched by Paymuim, a company which focuses on providing services for Bitcoin. However, it is stated that the company which was popular for running Instawallet is rebranding itself since they lost their customers funds to a hack.
In the year of 2013, Paymuim claimed that Instawallet was compromised due to a hack and that the customers’ coins were stolen from the platform. The platform also stated that they have filed a complaint with the police. This falls in the same timeframe as that of Mt. Gox hack, the biggest cryptocurrency hack in the space.
However, the announcement of the hack eventually resulted in many stating that the platform was running a scam and are falsely claiming that they were hacked. This is because the platform failed to show any evidence related to the police report despite the community asking for it several times. Reportedly, the company has not completely paid off the claims made by their customers.
Blockchain claims that the platform is rebranding itself in order to conceal the allegations of scam. The blog further stated the company is falsely claiming that they have registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] for their Initial Coin Offering [ICO]. The ICO is going to be launched in next week on 27th September 2018.
This would result in the investors being unable to trade the token publicly. Moreover, the report also stated that there is no evidence regarding the ICO being regulated by the French ACPR.
Blockchain stated that they are particularly concerned about the company has rebranded to a name which is similar to theirs and that it has already led to a lot of confusion in the market.
They stated that the similarities which both the companies share include the domain name, the color of the portal, logo, and the tagline. Blockchain further stated that there have been several people questing them about the ICO.
“Blockchain is not doing an ICO. When we inspected blockchain.io’s social media and Telegram channels, we discovered that many more people had assumed that blockchain.io was Blockchain.”
They further added:
“To protect our users and maintain the trust we’ve worked so hard to build, we’ve had to take action. Today we filed a complaint in US federal court. We’ll file more complaints in other courts if we need to and we will continue to fight false and misleading statements that endanger the crypto community.”
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