SpireBit claimed to be partnered with established companies within and outside of the crypto ecosystem, and took on the name of a real company as its supposed "parent" firm. Its online footprint was convincing at a glance, but a little digging revealed LinkedIn profiles using stock photos as portraits.
After NPR began poking around, the UK's Financial Conduct Authority issued a warning that SpireBit "is an unauthorised firm that uses the details of a genuine FCA-regulated firm when offering products and services. This makes the unauthorised firm appear as if it is regulated."
NPR could not determine how many people had fallen for the scheme, or how much money had been lost in total.