Fraud and Scams

Internal Fraud Suspected, Funds Frozen

Cred, a crypto lending service, had unexpectedly stopped all the customer deposits and withdrawals, leaving the users with little more than a cryptic message about a ‘fraudulent incident’ and the law enforcement’s ongoing cooperation.

A company statement advised that Cred suspects that the loss may be an inside job. Cred has announced thru Twitter after 10 pm ET last Wednesday that inflows of funds will be suspended up until the additional updates were released “within the next two weeks.”

A follow-up tweet has also given assurances that no client’s data or account information has been compromised. Then Cred has cooperated with law enforcement authorities in investigating the latest fraudulent incident.

As an exchange with the Cred support account AskCred, the Cred Team has indicated that the fraudulent activity has wedged the company’s financial location.

“Cred has experienced irregularities in the handling of specific corporate funds by a perpetrator of fraudulent activity that has negatively impacted Cred’s balance sheet and precipitated a law enforcement investigation into the loss of these funds,”

In an email, Cred stated;

“Cred is in the process of carrying out an internal accounting of its assets and assessing the impact of the incident on its current business and in consultation with legal counsel, has determined to temporarily suspend all inflows and outflows of funds relating to the CredEarn program.”

Freezing of funds, mainly when attributed to hacks or exit scams, is an all too common incident in the cryptocurrency industry. A number of incidents have gotten the law enforcement’s attention because crypto is still very loosely regulated and then operated mainly in legal areas.

The firm depends on providing the interest earnings on the crypto deposits and loans supported by crypto collateral and only taking a small service charge for, as an outline for their website, “insurance, licensing, and liquidity” while allocating the rest to customers.

Indeed, the Cred website is making several references to the assurance on deposits delivered by crypto custody breadwinners Fireblocks and Lockton, naming the coverage “one of the most comprehensive insurance policies available, including cyber hacking, E&O (errors and omissions) and regulatory coverage.” Cred’s website also explained that Cred deposits were not FDIC insured, unlike traditional US banks’ deposits.

To put it differently, Cred advertises insurance coverage through private agreements like in the Fireblocks. However, it is not guaranteed by insurance from the US banking scheme.

Notwithstanding the insurance coverage’s multiple claims, Cred communications on the incident thus far have offered no guarantee that customer funds were safe or that the customers were made whole if indeed the funds have been stolen or impacted.

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