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SEC Scrutinizes NFT Market Over Illegal Crypto Token Offerings

  • Regulator is probing whether some of the assets are securities
  • Agency’s enforcement lawyers have sent out queries, subpoenas

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is scrutinizing creators of NFTs and the crypto exchanges where they trade to determine if some of the assets run afoul of the agency’s rules, according to people familiar with the matter.

A focus of the probe is on whether certain nonfungible tokens, digital assets that can be used to denote ownership of things like a painting or sports memorabilia, are being utilized to raise money like traditional securities, said the people. Over the past several months, attorneys in the SEC’s enforcement unit have sent subpoenas demanding information about the token offerings.