Many evil people hate FinTelegram. For a good reason. These people are cybercrime activists who steal money from consumers through illegal websites and get rich doing it. Many of these bad people are Israelis who use the considerable potential of their highly-gifted FinTech pundits to steal money in the cyberfinance space. FinTelegram writes about these people. We are hated and slandered for this, for example, by people around Gery Shalon, Gal Barak, or Vladislav Smirnov, who run defamatory websites via the hoster SmartApe.
Admittedly, some of these websites are even funny. Some of the defamations against people around FinTelegram and the European Fund Recovery Initiative (EFR) are cult-like. The defamations are so exaggerated that they almost fall into the realm of satire. FinTelegram gets nice traffic from these sites.
The prime target
The prime target of the slander is a former partner of Shalon, Barak, and Smirnov. An Israeli businessman who had a fall-out with them. This former partner is blamed for the arrest and conviction of Gal Barak. As is FinTelegram. The narrative of Barak, Shalon, and Smirnov says that FinTelegram uses information from their former partner to report. And the narratives claim that this former partner controls FinTelegram. This is of course bullshit but the tale sounds good. So massive defamation campaigns are being run on websites hosted by SmartApe. This is the retribution for the alleged betrayal.
Gery Shalon is currently charged in the U.S. with financial cybercrime. He was arrested in Israel in 2015 and extradited to the U.S. Most of the files are still sealed to this day. FinTelegram has reported. And Shalon hates those reports. Yes, he does!
Gery Shalon and Vladislav Smirnov are also still to be charged in Vienna for their cybercrime activities. According to the criminal files, they were the bosses of the cybercrime organization around E&G Bulgaria with their scam brands like XTraderFX, SafeMarkets, or OptionStarsGlobal, which allegedly defrauded tens of thousands of victims of more than €200 million, together with Gal Barak, who has already been sentenced to four years in prison.
The smart ape
SmartApe (www.smartape.ru and www.smartape.net) is a Russian-Israeli venture that is operated in Europe through SmartApe OÜ. The company’s registered director is the Russian Israeli Mark Tepterev (LinkedIn). We have contacted Tepterev but have not received a response yet. If anyone has information about Tepterev and SmartApe, we would be grateful if you share it with us via our whistleblower system, Whistle42.