Sammeaktion „unseriöse Bitcoin-Modell“

Due to the fact, that several victims of this obvious fraud are not German native speakers, we will also provide information in English. Find the first Newsletter of this proceeding below. With the Click on the Button "Registrieren" you join the proceeding of COBIN claims. COBIN claims is a non-profit union, which initiates class action-like proceedings via lawyers in mass damage cases. You can join the proceeding for free to get information only or you tell us within the registration process, that you are interested in services of lawyers as described in the newsletter below. 

Zuletzt gab es wiederholt Beschwerden von Anlegern, die berichteten, dass sich im Netz „Investmentclubs“ breit gemacht haben, die zum Teil mit auffallend hohen Gewinn-Versprechungen Investments in Bitcoins oder andere Krypto-Währungen anbieten.

COBIN claims sammelt Betroffene und führt Basis-Recherchen durch, um als Verein hier Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen. Der Verein wird gemäß den gewonnenen Ergebnissen den Fall Anwälten oder der Kripo vorlegen bzw. Betroffene dabei unterstützen, hier schnell Kontakt zu finden und ihre Rechte durchzusetzen.

Es ist nicht auszuschließen, dass es hier zu Fällen gewerbsmäßigen Betrugs gekommen ist!

Wann sollten Sie an der Aktion teilnehmen?

  1. Wenn Sie in ein derartiges Modell investiert haben und
    a.) die Befürchtung haben, dass Sie das Investierte nicht mehr zurück erhalten oder
    b.) sie bereits Investitionen nicht oder nur teilweise zurück erhalten haben, versprochene Gewinne nicht ausbezahlt wurden oder der Anbieter die Zahlungen komplett eingestellt hat.
  2. Wenn Sie in Österreich oder in einem anderen EU-Land ansässig sind.
  3. Wenn Sie wissen, dass der Investment-Anbieter in Österreich seinen Sitz hat, die maßgeblichen Aktivitäten von Österreich ausgingen oder einer der handelnden Personen sich in Österreich aufhält.

In einem Fall ist etwa bekannt, dass sich Geschädigte über mehrere Länder in der EU verteilt befinden. In diesem Fall um einen offenbar von Ostösterreich aus operierenden „Investment-Club“ mit dem Namen eines sehr bekannten italienischen Malers haben sich die Beiratsmitglieder Rechtsanwalt Dr. Wolfgang Haslinger und Mag. Severin Hammer bereit erklärt, Geschädigte in einem etwaigen Strafverfahren zu vergünstigten Konditionen (300 €/Geschädigten) zu vertreten. Sollten Sie eine rechtliche Vertretung wüschen, können Sie das mit Ihrer Registrierung bekannt geben. Sollten Sie nur um weitere Informationen (gratis) an der Aktion teilnehmen wollen, registrieren Sie sich bitte ebenfalls.

Sollten weitere dubios wirkende „Investment“-Modelle bekannt werden, werden entsprechende Schritte – die bis hin zu Strafanzeigen reichen können – ergriffen.

Für aus dem Ausland stammende Geschädigte ist es laut Auskunft der Anwälte im Regelfall zunächst NICHT notwendig, extra nach Wien anzureisen: Die Erledigung der Anwälte erfolge Internet-basiert, so die Anwälte.

 

 

As the attorneys said, for foreign vicitims of ovious bitcoin-fraud it is in the most cases NOT necessary to travel to Austria. You can participate in the proceeding of COBIN claims via internet, the lawyers told the union, that thaey can handle their cases without having victims coming to vienna. Should there be hearings at courts in the future, there should be a way, that most of the investors not have to come to Viennna.  

 

NEWSLETTER


28.12.2020:

Dear participants of the proceeding „bitcoin fraud”

Topic: general information

Due to the fact, that most of the participants of this proceedings come from Slovenia, we will send information in English, because most of the participants presumably do not speak German, but all may speak English (Sollten Sie mit Informationen in Englischer Sprache Schwierigkeiten haben, bitte um Mitteilung!) 

Until now, a few dozens of alleged victims of bitcoin fraud joined the proceeding of the independent and non-profit-association COBIN claims. Most of the victims thus far come from Slovenia, most of them wish to get help from an attorney at law. All claims are regarding the “da Vinci” so called “investment club”.

Attorney Dr. Haslinger and Mag. Hammer learned due to the help of one participant (thank you!), that there are already criminal investigations running in Vienna against suspects. They wrote to the Austrian prosecution authority, to get more information regarding the “da Vinci”-case.

This means, that the first step according to the information of the lawyers will be, that all victims of this alleged fraud are offered the possibility to file civil claims at the Public Prosecutor’s Office Vienna.

The before mentioned firms offer the following scope of work according to the information of the attorneys:

  • Investigation into the facts of the case;
  • Drafting of a writ to the Public Prosecutor’s Office Vienna ascertaining the facts, offering evidence and filing of individual civil claims in the criminal proceedings;
  • Correspondence with participants;
  • Continued monitoring of the criminal case by the means of repeated applications for access to the file;
  • Reports on the progress of the investigation;
  • Filing an appeal in the event of a suspension of the proceedings.

Dr. Haslinger and Mag. Hammer agreed, to provide these services for a lump sum of EUR 300.— including VAT for all investors, who join the proceeding at COBIN claims. There are no hidden costs, once more it has to be mentioned, that COBIN claims is a non-profit-organization, which organizes support from lawyers and offers support for organizing class actions if applicable.

The offices of the lawyers will contact all Investors, who said in their registration, that they want to get services from an Austrian attorney at law. To become an official client of one of the attorneys, they told us to communicate, that you have to

  • sign the power of attorney of the law firms, so that the attorney is allowed to represent officially a victim in the proceedings of the Austrian criminal court and
  • pay the (reduced) lump sum price for the work of the Austrian lawyer (EUR 300.--).
  • The clients will be assigned alternating one by one to an attorney.

The next step will be, that the lawyers analyze the information obtained from the criminal proceeding itself. The association COBIN claims highly recommends, that victims join the criminal proceeding for two reasons, as the lawyers inform:

  1. In (in reality rare) cases, victims get a compensation of their damages out of the criminal proceeding directly (it’s better to have this option rather than not to have it); however reimbursement of victims is an essential reason to mitigate a possible punishment,
  2. With a joinder, there is no limitation period for claims of victims as long as the criminal proceeding is active and directed against individuals and companies which may be subject to a civil claim at a later stage. This is beneficial as there are no court fees related to ascertaining a civil claim in a criminal procedure.

Regarding the advice of Dr. Haslinger and Mag. Hammer, it would be one approach in this case, that victims first join the criminal investigation, where important information is obtained, and according to the results of the criminal proceedings, the lawyers can start (class) actions against the suspects, if there is a realistic chance of obtaining an actual reward. Further the firms will try to commence civil cases in parallel mainly funded by legal aid insurers in order to track the path of the money, if payment orders are not met.

We will keep you informed, as soon as we will get new information.

We wish a pleasant start in 2021, stay healthy!

Mag. Oliver Jaindl
Head of COBIN claims