Jennifer Aniston, Prince Charles Falsely Used to Promote Crypto Scam


Texas' securities watchdog has issued an emergency cease-and-desist order to a purported cryptocurrency investment scheme that it says tried to dupe investors with fake endorsements from high-profile individuals.

Among other alleged failings, Houston-based Wind Wide Coin is said to have fabricated client profiles using images of public figures including actress Jennifer Aniston, Prince Charles and former Finland prime minister Matti Vanhanen to gain attention for its products.

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Meetup's Crypto Secret? Scams Are Running Rampant


The line between crypto education and self-promotion has blurred.

And nowhere is this more evident than on social media, where imposters are everywhere and scams are rampant. But as crypto Twitter devolves into all-out chaos, a similar deterioration of discourse is playing out on another popular site for crypto enthusiasts — Meetup.com, the startup acquired by co-working giant WeWork for $20 billion in 2017.

Take James Moreau's experience. The founder of the Worcester Ethereum Meetup had a self-proclaimed blockchain expert interrupt one of his recent meetings focused on how to use cryptocurrency wallets by passing out flyers for a crypto accounting service. Thinking it was inappropriate, Moreau stopped the solicitation but was later horrified to discover the accountant didn't actually have any experience reporting crypto assets.

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