The Italian Companies and Exchange Commission originally known as Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB) has halted alleged illegal investment schemes being conducted by two crypto-related firms.
The regulatory body which is the Italian version of the U.S Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) released a notice on Monday, Dec 17 to announce a 90-days ban for Bitsurge Token and Green Energy Certificates.
CONSOB alleges that both fraudulent crypto investment schemes belong to Avalon Life, a company based outside the European Union (EU).
Bitsurge was offered through a website known as bitsurge.io and a Facebook page called “Bitsurge Tokens” according to a resolution document announcing the verdict. The project falsely promised investors 6-13% monthly returns when they buy within $1000-$25,000 Bitsurge tokens.
The second project labeled Green Energy Certificates claim to use blockchain to issue “Green Energy Certificates’’ that will serve as evidence that investors have bought forest areas that will be used to reduce the deforestation of rainforests. Just like Bitsurge, this project also promised investors 6-13% according to a
Italy’s CONSOB Tightening Up On Fraudulent Crypto Projects
The recent resolution is not the first step taken by the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB) against crypto-related scams.
In November, the regulators issued cease and desist orders to three crypto firms on the grounds that they offered unapproved investment services.
Also, earlier this month, CONSOB and the Malta Financial Services Agency (MFSA) issued order warning citizens to quit using the crypto exchange called OriginalCrypto, because of evidence showing that it was a fraudulent exchange.