JPEX crypto alternate has been named in a minimum of 83 complaints to the Hong Kong police as of Friday, the South China Morning Submit reported on Sept. 16. The complaints contain cryptocurrencies value $4.3 million, the report famous.
Raymond Siu Chak-yee, commissioner of police, disclosed on Saturday that the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Fee (SFC) filed an official police report in opposition to JPEX two days in the past. He added that the police’s industrial crime bureau is investigating the matter.
SFC calls out JPEX’s ‘suspicious options’
The surge in complaints comes after the SFC issued an announcement on Sept. 13, warning Hong Kong customers that JPEX is working with out a license. JPEX was positioned on the SFC’s Alert Checklist on July 8, 2022, for searching for Hong Kong buyers with out a license.
In its latest assertion, the SFC identified a number of duplicitous and deceptive claims and practices of the alternate. As an example, the SFC famous that JPEX’s claims of being “licensed” by abroad regulators to function a crypto buying and selling platform are “not true.”
On its web site, JPEX claims that its working headquarters are in Dubai and that beneath the supervision of the Digital Property Regulatory Authority of Dubai (VARA), its buying and selling system “has stricter regulatory requirements and extra transparency and openness in cross-border transactions.” Nevertheless, JPEX is just not on VARA’s public checklist of licensed digital property service suppliers, the SFC famous.
The SFC additionally identified the very excessive returns supplied by JPEX for some merchandise. As an example, on the time of writing, JPEX supplied a 21% annual share yield for Ethereum (ETH), 20% for Bitcoin (BTC), and 19% for USD Coin (USDC). Furthermore, JPEX’s yield-generating merchandise like ‘Earn,’ and ‘Financial savings’ usually are not allowed beneath the Hong Kong crypto regulatory regime.
The regulator additionally stated JPEX has made deceptive and false claims about receiving funding from a Hong Kong-listed firm. The fee requested key opinion leaders to cease selling JPEX and making false claims about JPEX having utilized for a crypto license in Hong Kong.
Because the SFC famous in its assertion, a number of retail buyers have reported being unable to withdraw their property from JPEX or discovered their balances diminished or altered.
In keeping with the SCMP report, a person shared a screenshot in a Telegram group devoted to JPEX-related complaints. The screenshot depicted a withdrawal request for 1,000 Tether (USDT) tokens made on Saturday afternoon. Nevertheless, the withdrawal solely resulted in 25 USDT being obtained, with the remaining quantity being withheld by the alternate beneath the label of “processing price.”
The administrator of the Telegram group advised SCMP that he has obtained a minimum of 200 “critical” complaints involving over $10 million in crypto.
JPEX says it can “not collapse”
In response to the SFC assertion, JPEX accused the company of unfairly undermining the alternate, since it’s within the “preparation part” and is but to submit its license software. The alternate famous that the SFC’s assertion,
“…could be seen as exerting undue strain on our platform, reflecting an absence of dedication to the true implementation of Net 3.0 insurance policies within the cryptocurrency trade. The unfair suppression by the SFC has led us to think about withdrawing our license software within the Hong Kong area and alter our future coverage growth accordingly.”
JPEX added that the SFC ought to “bear full duty for undermining the prospects” of crypto growth in Hong Kong.
On Sept. 14, attendees of Token2049 occasion in Singapore reported that JPEX staff had deserted their sales space on the second day of the occasion. This was even though the alternate claimed on Wednesday that it was “actively taking part” within the occasion.
On Thursday, the alternate adjusted the withdrawal price for USDT in gentle of the SFC’s feedback. JPEX stated that it has arrange a particular process power to find out future instructions and changes, and that it’s going to enhance the withdrawal restrict within the coming days.
One person posted a screenshot on X depicting that the withdrawal restrict for USDT was set at 1,000 USDT whereas the withdrawal price was set at 999 USDT.
On Sept. 15, JPEX suspended all features of the platform recreation foyer to adjust to regulatory norms. it added:
“We consider that the platform won’t collapse and can proceed to function steadily.”
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