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NASAA: Crypto scams are the leading threat to investors in 2022

Investment Executive |James Langton | Jan 10, 2022

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Frauds and scams involving crypto and other digital assets are the leading threat to investors in 2022, according to the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA).

The umbrella group of U.S. state and Canadian provincial regulators released its annual list of the top investor protection concerns, based on surveys of the regulators themselves.

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Schemes that are linked to crypto (and digital assets generally) were the leading issue, followed by promissory notes frauds, social media scams, and schemes targeting self-directed retirement accounts.

Joseph Borg, Alabama Securities Commission director and co-chair of NASAA’s enforcement committee, said in a release:

“By far, NASAA’s securities regulators revealed that investments related to cryptocurrencies and digital assets is our top investor threat”

NASAA said that the added uncertainty about where digital assets fit within the traditional regulatory framework may make it easier for fraudsters to dupe investors.

“Before you jump into the crypto craze, be mindful that cryptocurrencies and related financial products may be nothing more than public facing fronts for Ponzi schemes and other frauds,” said Joseph Rotunda, Texas State Securities Board enforcement division director, and vice-chair of NASAA’s enforcement committee.

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“The most common telltale sign of an investment scam is an offer of guaranteed high returns with no risk. It is important for investors to understand what they are investing in and with whom they are investing,” said Melanie Senter Lubin, president of NASAA and Maryland Securities Commissioner.

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