As reported by Quartz, someone has created a sham company with the name of the Telegram ICO, Telegram Open Network Limited. The UK company, registered with Companies House on Feb 28, lists Pavel Durov as CEO, but was confirmed as a fake by Telegram over Twitter.
Keen observers may, however, have spotted the clues suggesting that the company may not be all that it seems.
For starters, the listing claims that Pavel (stated as sole director, shareholder and company secretary) is a British citizen. In fact, Durov is a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis. He left his native Russia after he was ousted from the VK social network which he founded.