The cryptocurrency and digital-asset ecosystem in the Asia-Pacific region has seen rapid growth over recent years and is generating opportunities for novel business models, but is also giving rise to various types of fraud. While fraud risk in this sector is being mitigated by service providers such as cryptocurrency exchanges and digital-wallet operators implementing practical safeguards for the protection and monitoring of assets and transactions, and while comprehensive regulatory frameworks are being introduced across the region to address operational risk, fraudulent actors remain able to exploit cybersecurity and control weaknesses. Consequently, it remains paramount for industry participants to put in place calibrated and risk-based fraud mitigation measures, and to have the capability to investigate fraud effectively where it does occur.

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