Crypto exchange KuCoin confirmed that the address that’s allegedly responsible for launching thousands of meme coin scams belongs to one of its users. However, the exchange will not freeze the user’s assets without any official notice from law enforcement.
On April 26, a Twitter user identified a wallet address that launched 2-5 meme coins daily for two years. Another community member pointed out that the wallet addresses were “owned and controlled” by KuCoin. At the moment, blockchain explorer Etherscan has already marked the said address as a fake phishing wallet.
.@CoinGurruu the wallet that you claim has launched 2-5 memecoin scams per day for the past two years is owned and controlled by @kucoincom. @etherscan has already marked this address as “Fake_Phishing179336”.
Comments @lyu_johnny? https://t.co/8sy07KujUa pic.twitter.com/gziza5mVNW
– James Edwards (@librehash) April 27, 2023
In a statement sent to Cointelegraph, the crypto exchange confirmed that the wallet address belongs to one of its users. According to KuCoin Johnny Lyu, while the address does belong to one of the users of the platform, they will not freeze the account until they receive a notice from the relevant authorities. Lyu explained that:
“When the reporting party has provided relevant legal documents, procedures, or reporting records, we will assist and cooperate with law enforcement agencies to take temporary risk control measures in accordance with complaints and reports, user agreements and Seychelles laws.”
In addition, the exchange told Cointelegraph that if community members encounter any suspicious behavior, they must report it to the police and submit the relevant materials to their team. Lyu added that they would be pleased to cooperate after receiving the required documents.
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The KuCoin exchange has constantly been facing various challenges just in the past week. On April 24, the platform’s official Twitter account was compromised and posted a fake activity, resulting in some of its followers losing their assets. After identifying the breach, the exchange worked with Twitter to recover the social media account and promised to reimburse the victims affected by the hack.
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