HK regulator warns against LonShiX and Bitbank (Global) Financial Holding Group
Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today issued a warning against “LonShiX” and “Bitbank (Global) Financial Holding Group”, suspected of engaging in fraudulent activities purporting to be related to virtual assets.
The SFC notes that LonShiX claims to be located in Hong Kong with a fake address on its website. Through individuals falsely claiming to be investment professionals authorised by banks on social media platforms and instant messaging apps, LonShiX lures investors to open investment accounts.
- Bitbank (Global) Financial Holding Group
The SFC notes that Bitbank (Global) Financial Holding Group has adopted a name that is very similar to that of a cryptocurrency exchange based in Japan, when in fact they are not associated.
The regulator also suspects that Bitbank (Global) Financial Holding Group may have disseminated false and misleading information about itself and its business through online channels, including its website and social media platforms, claiming that it has obtained SFC licences and begun to apply for a virtual asset service provider’s licence.
None of the above claims is true, but they may give a false and misleading impression that Bitbank (Global) Financial Holding Group’s services and business are properly licensed and legitimate, inducing others to trade on its platform.
At the SFC’s request, the Hong Kong Police Force has taken steps to block access to the websites of LonShiX and Bitbank (Global) Financial Holding Group, as well as the relevant X accounts.
LonShiX, Bitbank (Global) Financial Holding Group and their websites were added to the SFC’s Suspicious Virtual Asset Trading Platforms Alert List on 20 December 2023.
The SFC once again takes this opportunity to warn the public to be cautious about “too-good-to-be-true” investment opportunities and advice posted on social media platforms and via instant messaging apps. Investors should stay vigilant and beware of fraud when making investment decisions.