August 20, 2018By Adrian Barkley
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi made 15 billion rupees’ ($215.5 million) worth of banknotes invalid as a tactic to combat tax evasion. Worried citizens looked for ways to store their cash, and BitConnect stepped in with an offer. The offer goes like this: people give BitConnect Bitcoin in return for BitConnect Coin, the platform’s native token. The investor must then lend the BCC back to BitConnect, where ‘tradebots’ programmed to trade profitably will make a profit for them – in fact, a guaranteed 40 percent and as much as 120 percent a year.”See more for yourself, here. Of course, these tradebots didn’t trade and thus, investors overall lost out of a lot of money, in the meantime, BitConnect profited significantly. According to Finance Magnates, Ashish Bhatia, the Director General of the Gujarat Police Criminal Investigation Department has said:
“The company was registered in the UK and had an office in Surat. They launched their own ‘bitconnect coins’ soon after demonetization. They promoted the company on social media and by holding gala functions in cities across the world. They lured investors with 60% monthly interest, and incentives in the form of ‘referral interest’.”Globally BitConnect are under scrutiny and currently face heavy legal proceedings, therefore this incident in India is by no means isolated to the Indian branch of BitConnect, rather, this could transpire to be part of something deeper and darker.