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The US court has rendered a verdict against Mirror Trading International (MTI), holding it culpable in a massive cryptocurrency deception case, thereby imposing a compensation order amounting to $1.7 billion.

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) disclosed that Mirror Trading International Proprietary Limited (MTI) has been adjudged guilty in a case concerning cryptocurrency deception. The accusation directed towards the South African entity was registered on June 30.

MTI had purportedly guaranteed victims access to a trading intelligence software that operated with Bitcoin (BTC). In an attempt to lure users, the firm and its chief executive propagated an offer that involved engagement in an unauthorized commodity pool in exchange for Bitcoins, successfully convincing victims to part with a whopping 29,421 BTC.

Following the judgment, MTI is now obligated to remunerate the victims to the tune of an estimated $1.7 billion, alongside facing a prohibition from engaging in CFTC market activities.

The Escalation and Repercussions of Cryptocurrency Scams

In line with the escalating acceptance of cryptocurrencies, scams within the industry have seen a parallel increase. Fraudulent strategies, which often encompass enticing promises of substantial profits on crypto investments, have successfully ensnared numerous individuals. These scams often bear resemblance to Ponzi schemes, creating a facade of profitability, only to collapse eventually.

Last year, The Washington Post brought to light that, since 2021, scams within the crypto sector had cost Americans upwards of $1 billion, affecting over 46,000 people. Concurrently, research conducted by the Indian cybersecurity enterprise CloudSEK underlined the loss of roughly 1,000 crores experienced by Indian investors, owing to crypto scams proliferating through social media platforms.

In an effort to stem the tide of such scams, exercising caution and conducting thorough investigations into investment prospects are imperative. Individuals contemplating investments should approach opportunities promising guaranteed substantial returns with a degree of skepticism.

Initiatives aimed at curtailing these fraudulent activities are in progress. Despite the efforts of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in scrutinizing and imposing penalties on those implicated in crypto scams, the decentralized structure of cryptocurrencies combined with the international reach of scam perpetrators presents substantial obstacles to complete elimination of such schemes.