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Karatbars faces regulatory scrutiny

10 Oct 2019

Since cryptocurrencies came into existence, countless crypto-related projects have been launched, and these have run different kinds of token offerings. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) are the most common method that has been used by projects to launch their tokens and attract investors. Many of these projects are no longer in business and it seems as if they were scams more than anything else. This has led to a negative perception of cryptocurrencies and the ICOs that are used to launch tokens.

Karatbars faces regulatory scrutiny

US regulators have been taking action against a number of ICOs, and Karatbars has become one of the latest projects to face questions from regulators. The project ran an ICO in 2018 through which $100 million was raised. The company announced that it would be entering a crypto bank venture which raised several questions of its own. The biggest problem that regulators have with the project is that investors who participated in the ICO believed that they were purchasing a crypto asset backed by gold reserves, a promise that is likely false.

There has been no confirmation that the company has any gold reserves to back its token, and the company itself has failed to provide any proof to back its claims. The ICO itself was conducted with no official license or regulatory permission which is a violation of the laws that govern ICOs. Karatbars does not have a banking license although the company claimed that its crypto asset is tied to their crypto bank which is supposedly based in Miami. All these issues raise a lot of red flags about Karatbars, and many have begun to question if there is a shred of legitimacy behind its business.

Karatbars recently announced that it would be running a second token offering to raise additional funds. No solid explanation has been given regarding what these funds are needed for, and there is no information explaining how the initial $100 million raised during the 2018 ICO was used. The company has failed to deliver on all the promises it made to investors and it does not look like there is anything solid coming out of the project. The tokens that investors purchased during the first ICO are essentially worthless because the gold reserves that supposedly back the crypto assets are non-existent.

Investors should be concerned

Karatbars made several claims and promises that it has failed to back up since it ran its ICO. Investors will be looking at all the red flags that surround the company with concern, and rightly so. There have been several crypto projects that have made outlandish promises to their investors and have failed to deliver on these promises, and it looks like Karatbars may be one such project.

Investors should be wary of projects that make such promises, and with the firm planning on running a second coin offering, due diligence should be applied before purchasing the tokens. It is highly likely that the company will face action from regulators pertaining to the activity of the ICO. Hopefully, Karatbars is not running a scam, and investors will get the rewards they were promised before they invested in the company.

Author: Ali Raza for

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