Operation Sparrow: Ongoing UK Fraud Investigation into Mintpal

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Today we received an email from Avon & Somerset (UK) Police regarding an Ongoing UK Fraud Investigation into the activities of Moolah and its former CEO Ryan Kennedy, also known as Alex Green.

We had suspected it was another phishing email but we have spoken directly with Avon & Somerset UK Police to confirm if this email is legitimate and are happy to say it is.

You can find below a copy of the original email, along with the replies in writing from the police.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Operation Sparrow is an ongoing UK fraud investigation into the activities of Moolah and its former CEO Ryan Kennedy, also known as Alex Green.

The investigation focuses on Kennedy’s acquisition of Mintpal in 2014 and the subsequent disappearance and dispersal of customers’ funds from the exchange.

Kennedy has been charged with a number of fraud offences in relation to these matters and is due to face trial at Bristol Crown Court.

I am writing to you as you have been identified through your email address as a possible victim of this fraud and may have incurred a financial loss.  You are one of almost fourteen thousand people that have been affected by this case so please accept my apologies that it is not practical for me to respond to individual queries at this time.  I would urge you not to reply directly to this email, nor to phone Avon and Somerset Constabulary regarding the case.  Updates will be published as and when available.

At this stage of the investigation I am unable to confirm whether there will be any possibility of financial compensation.

I should be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete the attached survey that will assist us in identifying potential victims more quickly and efficiently.


Please submit your completed questionnaire by 31st January 2018.  Responses received after this date will not be processed.

Thank you for your time.

Yours faithfully,

Detective Constable Charlotte Suter

Economic Crime Team

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

We forwarded the email to the Avon & Somerset Police asking if they could confirm legitimacy of the ongoing UK fraud investigation into Mintpal, their reply as follows;


I can confirm that this is a genuine request from the Economic Crime Team and a dedicated mailbox has been set up to capture all of the surveys completed.

Many thanks for getting in touch and if you could spread the word it would be much appreciated

Kind regards

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Anyone affected by the Mintpal theft should consider following the link above to complete the Survey so that the Police can have an accurate account of the funds that went “missing”.

Author: David Board