Investment / Securities Fraud Response

Investment / Securities Fraud Response

Fradulent ICO, IEO or STO

CipherBlade is frequently called upon to investigate fraudulent or suspect ICOs, IEOs and STOs as a full-suite private investigation service for the blockchain sector.

Blockchain startups, especially those launched in 2017 – 2019, hold a notorious reputation for an array of misconduct, including securities violations, mismanagement, misappropriation, or even embezzlement. If a project has raised millions of dollars yet has failed to deliver upon its promises, we’ll find out why – and explain this to legal decision makers. The ex-CEO of that ICO can’t hide his Lamborghini, purchased with your funds, from us.

CipherBlade has cased/is actively casing over a dozen ICOs, several of which have had regulatory action and legal action, including forced refunds, taken against them. We’ve established best practice, including red flags common in mismanaged projects, that is being referenced by law enforcement and regulators when looking into suspect blockchain projects. Our reports are known to be damning, and that shady ICO is hoping you don’t retain CipherBlade.


The combination of the following factors puts us in a unique position to assist you in cases of wire fraud, investment fraud or securities fraud:

We have close connections with law firms and attorneys who specialize in ICO lawsuits and cryptocurrency and investment fraud related cases.

We have nurtured relationships with multiple regulatory bodies, especially in the USA and Canada, and law enforcement agencies globally who pursue such cases.

Our team has deep expertise in blockchain forensics, data science and cybercrime investigation, which we employ to create in-depth reports for legal professionals to support your case.

We have also served in the capacity of a credentialed expert witness and can provide testimony in a court of law.

We are Chainalysis certified and have experience with and access to a wide suite of professional forensics tools.

In short, we are your fastest option for getting your funds back!

Investment / Securities Fraud Response

Out-of-Court Settlements

We offer assistance through mediation for out-of-court settlements with ICOs and blockchain-related projects and businesses. The advantage for you as an investor is that you get your funds back much faster than through proceedings in court, which can span several years.

However, if required, we are prepared to help you pursue your rights with full legal power, us assisting as expert witness in the process.

Whether you choose the faster or slower track for pursuing your rights, justice is always served in the end.

Investment / Securities Fraud Response

Exit Scams and Ponzi Schemes

The cryptocurrency space is rife with Exit Scams and Ponzi Schemes and it’s quite clear they will continue to occur.

A noticeable number of cryptocurrency exchanges have engaged in so-called ‘exit scams’. In some cases, such exchanges simply shut down their website, blogs, and social media accounts overnight and go dark, while in other cases exchanges will elect to claim they’ve been “hacked”, which isn’t always true. 

Many blockchain projects that have raised funds, often through an ICO, have also shut down and left abruptly, taking investor funds with them.

There are also a number of ponzi schemes operating in the cryptocurrency space, which are bound to collapse like a house of cards. Investors lose money, while the perpetrator has enriched themselves in the process. 

CipherBlade has experience investigating such operations and helping law enforcement, lawyers and victims bring the perpetrators to justice and to recover funds.

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