ZachXBT, a renowned cryptanalyst, recently alerted his followers on Twitter about a likely exit scam by the team behind Fintoch. According to the analyst, the team appears to have absconded with 31.6 million USDT on Binance Smart Chain (BSC) after the funds were transferred to various addresses in thunder and Ethereum blockchains.
Users have reported that they are unable to withdraw their funds from the platform. Fintoch, which promised a daily ROI of 1% and is allegedly owned by Morgan Stanley, is now under scrutiny. Notably, Morgan Stanley issued a warning against association with the platform and denied any affiliation with Fintoch.
In addition, the name “Bobby Lambert”, listed as Fintoch’s CEO on the company’s website, appears to be fictitious. ZachXBT suggests that the person introduced as CEO is a paid actor.
Morgan Stanley has issued an important advisory, warning the public about digital platforms like Fintoch impersonating the company without authorization. The company advises clients and the general public to treat such investment offers with suspicion and to refrain from sharing personal or financial information unless they are very sure of the recipient’s identity.
Both the Singapore government and Morgan Stanley had previously warned against investing in this scheme. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (FURTHER) added Fintoch to its watch list.
Unfortunately, it appears that these investment fraud schemes often target communities that lack financial education.
A ‘rug pull’ is a type of scam where developers abandon a project and run off with investor funds. The term is derived from the phrase ‘to pull the rug under someone’, which means to suddenly and unexpectedly deprive someone of a crucial support or advantage. It’s a major problem in the world of decentralized finance (DeFi), where anonymous developers can launch projects.