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Malta's Financial Authority warns of potential scam risks in 'Libra' AI trading tool.

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03-19

Malta's Financial Authority warns that Libra's AI trading tool promoted on Facebook without authorization may be fraudulent. It lacks a proper financial service license, urging investors to thoroughly research before trading to prevent loss.

In the spring of 2024, the Facebook platform witnessed the emergence of a remarkable new player - a cryptocurrency project named Libra, which quickly became the center of attention. Libra claimed to be a new type of cryptocurrency, focusing not on maintaining a stable exchange rate with major currencies such as the US dollar, but on keeping the purchasing power stable, backed by a basket of low-volatility assets including the US dollar, British pound, euro, and Japanese yen.

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Since Facebook announced the Libra project on June 18, 2019, it has been mired in controversy. In the following months, it underwent scrutiny by the US House Committee on Financial Services, faced outright opposition from France and Germany, and saw initial supporters like PayPal withdraw their support. Despite facing a host of regulatory and policy challenges, Libra made a series of high-level appointments in 2020 in an attempt to push the project forward.

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However, when Libra started to heavily promote its artificial intelligence-powered trading tools on Facebook, claiming to offer unprecedented opportunities for investors, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) issued a warning on March 15, 2024, stating that there was no direct connection between Libra and Facebook and that the legitimacy and promising prospects claimed were filled with doubts.

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After a thorough investigation, MFSA found that Libra had not obtained any permission or authorization to provide financial services in Malta, posing a direct threat to consumer financial safety. Further investigations revealed that Libra could be using advanced AI technology to manipulate information with the apparent aim of misleading the public for unjust gain. These findings led MFSA to strongly suspect that Libra might essentially be a well-orchestrated scam, potentially leading to significant financial losses for investors.

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Given this, MFSA strongly recommends that consumers thoroughly investigate and verify any financial service transactions before proceeding and remain highly vigilant about financial services offered through unconventional channels, such as unsolicited calls or social media private messages. In today's complex and ever-changing financial environment, with evolving scam tactics, the importance of safeguarding personal assets is evident.

Moreover, MFSA's warning also aims to remind the public not to overlook potential risks and threats while enjoying the convenience of financial services. It calls for a heightened awareness of financial services among the public, encouraging information sharing among consumers to raise awareness of potential risks. In this era of information explosion and emerging technologies, staying vigilant and well-prepared is key to protecting oneself from financial fraud.

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