A self-regulatory organization in China is warning about a new kind of mining-focused cryptocurrency offering.
The so-called “initial miner offerings” are said to have caught on since regulators in China banned back in September of last year, according to a new statement from the National Internet Finance Association of China (NIFA). The idea behind an initial miner offering is that mining hardware – used for the energy-intensive process by which new transactions are added to a blockchain – is sold and intended to process a particular cryptocurrency or token.
The new model, according to the group, constitutes a “disguised ICO,” according to a translated version of the statement. It noted the prevalence of promotional events and materials published around such offerings, warning consumers to beware of the risks – particularly in the light of the regulatory action taken last fall.
“[The] Internet Finance Association called for the vast number of consumers and investors [to] recognize the nature of the relevant model…to enhance awareness of risk prevention, rational investment…[and] not blindly follow the trend of speculation,” the group said.
Last year, the same organization warned against ICOs, noting that organizers might use fraudulent information to sell their tokens. Just days after that, Chinese officials moved to ban the blockchain use case.
Editor’s Note: Statements in this article have been translated from Simplified Chinese.
Cryptocurrency miner image via Shutterstock
The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is an independent media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. Have breaking news or a story tip to send to our journalists? Contact us at [email protected].
You may be interested
Iceland’s Industry to Shift From Crypto Mining to ‘Pure Blockchain Business,’ Insiders SayBrian Evans - Sep 23, 2018
Iceland is expected to shift from crypto mining to “pure blockchain business,” claims chairman of a local data center provider
Hodler’s Digest, September 16-23: Elon Musk Wants Advice on Twitter Crypto Scammers, the US SEC Wants Comments on BTC ETFsBrian Evans - Sep 23, 2018
Elon Musk wants those pesky Twitter crypto scammers gone, and Japan suffers yet another crypto exchange hack — read more in this week’s Hodler’s Digest
Bitcoin Price Nears $6,800 Resistance as Crypto Market Records Large GainsBrian Evans - Sep 23, 2018
Over the past few hours, Bitcoin has recorded a slight 1 percent increase in price, nearing the $6,800 resistance level. The rest of the crypto market recorded…