Fake filing spurs short rally during crypto ETF frenzy
When markets are primed for good news, it pays to be a bit more discerning.
Driving the news: Some crypto investors got taken for a ride Monday when a person impersonated asset management giant BlackRock in an official state filings database, which catalyzed a brief pop in the XRP coin.
Details: BlackRock submitted a filing with the SEC last week for a spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) backed by ether, the world's second biggest cryptocurrency.
- It didn't file for any products related to the smaller coin, XRP.
- The public was duped into thinking it had, though, when the scammer impersonated the asset manager in a Delaware trust filing.
Quick take: It is wild that someone filed pretending to be BlackRock.
Between the lines: The bad actor(s) would appear to have reverse-engineered the firm's filing process, according to someone familiar with the ETF filing procedures.
- BlackRock had filed to form an ETH trust in Delaware just a week earlier.
Be smart: It would be hard to detect the difference between the real and the fake one because the fake XRP filing showed the real name of a BlackRock executive.
- Search "iShares ETH" on the Delaware division of corporations website, then do it again for "iShares XRP."
Of note: The Delaware agency declined to respond to Axios' emailed queries about whether it conducted identity verification before accepting a trust filing, but said it has referred "the matter" to the Delaware Department of Justice.
The intrigue: When BlackRock set the record straight about the filing, the gains on XRP evaporated, but folks started to question the validity of BlackRock's real filing for ETH.
Zoom in: That would explain the dent in the ETH rally yesterday, though, prices still remain above $2,000.