The companies at the center of the orders are Crystal Token, Advertiza Holdings (Pty) Ltd., and Life Cross Coin a/k/a LifecrosscoinGmbH. Per the statement, Crystal Token (CYL) is an evolutionary multi-utility ERC-20 token, that promises earnings up to two percent per day. The tokens website allegedly contains fraudulent claims of excessive unsubstantiated rates of return on investment. CYL is not authorized to sell securities in North Dakota.
Advertiza Holdings offers cryptocurrency called Tizacoin, or TIZA, and claims that holders can expect to make a profit from the appreciation of the value of TIZA tokens. That, according to the regulator, indicates that the tokens description as a utility token is incorrect, and is instead a security.
According to the North Dakota Securities Department, Advertiza falsely claims to be registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is also not registered to sell securities in North Dakota.
The third firm, Life Cross Coin, operates a website from a Berlin IP address associated with ransomware, malware, and identity fraud, and offers a cryptocurrency called Life Cross Coin, or LICO. The firm claims that the token will be spent on charity, while investors can allegedly get a huge return on investment. LICO is not registered in North Dakota, and its site reportedly contains unsubstantiated claims and blatant misrepresentations. Tyler commented on the orders:
The continued exploitation of the cryptocurrency ecosystem by financial criminals is a significant threat to Main Street investors. In formulaic fashion, financial criminals are cashing in on the hype and excitement around blockchain, crypto assets, and ICOs investors should be exceedingly cautious when considering a related investment.
The order is part of Operation Cryptosweep, a coordinated multi-jurisdiction investigation into potentially fraudulent crypto investment programs, that involves 40 U.S. and Canadian state and provincial securities regulators. Since the initiatives launch in May, investigators discovered about 30,000 crypto-related domain names and conducted over 200 investigations of ICOs.
In May, the Colorado Securities Commissioner launched probes into two companies California-based Linda Healthcare Corp. and Washington-based Broad Investments LLC for promoting unlawful ICOs.