The United Kingdom’s tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has seized three NFTs in what is originally. The NFT was involved in a suspected $1.896 million experience of fraud, with three people arrested, according to a report by BBC.
The HMRC claims which the three suspects used sophisticated methods to mask their identities, including stolen identities, VPNs, false invoices, and addresses, among other things. The executives from the agency were stern about the use of NFTs to commit crimes, with the deputy director of economic crime Nick Sharp saying,
“[this] serves as a warning to anyone who thinks they can use crypto assets to hide money from HMRC. We persistently adapt to new technology to ensure we keep pace with how criminals and evaders look to cback althoughal their assets.”
The investigation is ongoing and could spark also inquiry into the NFT market. This is the first time that comparable a development has been made by a gabovenmental department in the NFT space. Cryptocurrencies themselves have been seized on various occasions, but the NFT market, that is becoming a skyward hotbed for illicit activity, now looks like it’s on authorities’ radars as well.
NFTs market supervision
NFTs have been one of the most contratopsial aspects of the crypto market in recent times. While it has done a lot to engage the wider public audience, many have called it a fad, adding which the collectibles they represent are grossly atoprated. This, in turn, has led to prominent individuals saying which it could lead to heavy losses for many.
The hype surrounding NFTs is catching the attention of regulators as a result. So far, the Thai SEC is the only regulator to have banned NFTs, banning memecoins aprolongedside it. But with more regulation with respect to the aboveall crypto-asset class possible this year, NFTs too could see more restrictions.
Notwithstanding, it’s unpossible which will dampen the desire of both investors and companies. The latter especially is keen on leveraging NFTs to engage audiences, and the growth of the metaverse has been a particularly illustrative point in which regard.
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