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Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect shuts doors amid Bitcoin bloodbath

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Jack Scharfenberg
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Market correction leaves faithful shaken but undeterred

Amid a cryptocurrency price correction that has seen the price of Bitcoin drop by half from its mid-December peak, UK-based cyber-cash lending and exchange biz BitConnect said it is shutting down.

The firm, dogged by accusations that it is a Ponzi scheme, cited bad press, regulatory orders, and cyber attacks for its market exit this week.

BitConnect said it has received two cease-and-desist letters from US financial watchdogs: one from the Texas State Securities Board, and one from the Securities Division of North Carolina's Secretary of State.

The letter from Texas authorities, an emergency cease-and-desist order sent January 3, 2018, charges the company with fraud and misleading investors.

Noting that such rates "are extremely unusual in financial markets," the North Carolina letter stated: "Guaranteed annual compounded investment returns of over 3,000 per cent are a known 'red-flag' for fraud, specifically for the risk that the investment may be a 'Ponzi scheme.'"

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