Russian Association of Cryptoindustry and Blockchain opens a new service to protect defrauded crypto investors

Russian Association of Cryptoindustry and Blockchain (RACIB) opens a new service to protect defrauded crypto investors. Within the framework of the new service, RACIB is going to actively cooperate with Police, Federal Security Service (FSB) and Interpol.

On November 28, the online support service for victims of cryptocurrency-related frauds and scams opened under the aegis of RACIB. The new division will be coordinated by RACIB’s vice president in charge of Escrow-mechanism implementation Denis Dushnov and vice president in charge of security technology promotion Alexander Brazhnikov.

Russia is ranking third in the list of countries with the greatest number of hacked cryptocurrency exchanges. The overall number of cryptocurrency-related cybercrimes has surged by 32% in the Q1 2018 alone here. It is also worth noting, that according to statistics, 70% of Russia-based ICOs turned out to be scams.

The possible working names of the RACIB’s project are First Private Cryptocurrency Investigation Agency (FPCIA) and Troubleshooting Consulting (TSC). The new division will supposedly provide a wide range of services, like providing support to defrauded traders and scam-related risk assessment of new crypto projects. Other services to be provided by FPCIA/TSC include:

  • Tracking the stolen  investments
  • Searching for suspected embezzlers
  • Searching for counterparties linked to companies suspected in embezzlement
  • Assistance in settling legal disputes
  • Assistance in settling property disputes

Russian citizens will be able to contact FPCIA/TSC via phone, e-mail or official website. However, they have noted in RACIB, that in-person meetings will be much more helpful in terms of further work effectiveness.

All the complainants will receive feedback from FPCIA/TSC within a day. All those who apply for help will also be provided by questionnaires to fill out, so that the service could look into the circumstances of each given case in detail. FPCIA/TSC will then be able to appoint in-person meetings to analyze cases and discuss further actions.

The organization will launch portal to collect the complaints and provide users with basic methodology for dealing with most common sorts of scams. As explained by RACIB, they will cooperate with Russian law enforcement agencies despite the lack of cryptocurrency market regulation in the country. The new service will operate both in Russia and abroad, as the blockchain industry is not confined to national borders.

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