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How to Identify a Cryptocurrency Con Game

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How to Identify a Cryptocurrency Con Game

Cryptocurrency has taken the world by a storm revolutionising financial institutions and payment systems. However, Cryptocurrencies have also become the target of fraudulent characters who target crypto users. There are different ways these fraudsters dupe crypto users of their money. It is, however, imperative that you know what these scams are and protect yourself from them

Signs You are about to Fall for a Heist

There are telltale signs that you are about to be the victim of a crypto scam. You can identify these signs by looking out for the following;

  • Is the website secure? You have to ensure that any crypto website you log into particularly for payment has an address that starts with “https” instead of “HTTP”. If this is not the case then the website is not secure and any data you send to the website will be compromised. 
  • Sometimes, scammers duplicate a website or crypto product and you might be on a scam website. You have to ensure that the website’s URL is free from spelling and grammatical errors as this can be a sign that it is a scam.
  • What does the website say? Most often scam websites do not have an “About us” page and details about the people behind the company can be shady. For instance, when you check for the names of the company’s founder, you might not find him anywhere on the internet or find out he is associated with shady dealings. That is a sign that you shouldn’t invest in whatever the product is about. Legitimate cryptocurrency projects are usually transparent about their founders, investors and people involved in the project

Sometimes scammers take the time to ensure they cover their tracks properly. Times like these, you just have to trust your instincts and check out for any red flags.

Crypto Pitfalls to Avoid

Now that you know how to check for cryptocurrency scam alerts, you need to know the common crypto scams and how to avoid them.

Ponzi, pyramid and MLM Schemes

A Ponzi scheme promises investors huge returns. But the truth is that Ponzi schemes pay older investors from the investment of newer instors. It is a typical example of robbing Peter to pay Paul. So long as there are new investors a Ponzi scheme will pay its investors. Convinced that the scheme is legit, investors who have received their payouts will convince newel investors in. These investors will pump in their money into the scheme and sooner or later, the scheme collapses and the founder is nowhere to be found.  

On the other hand, multilevel marketing (MLM) schemes claim to sell a product but to earn from the scheme you have to bring in more people. You earn from your downlines. So you might end up advertising a product to your family and friends who might earn nothing from the so-called product.

To save yourself from falling into the hands of fraudsters, always ensure that you avoid schemes that promise outrageous returns. Also, be on the lookout for cryptocurrency projects that promise to give you profits for introducing new investors to enjoy bigger profits.

Fake Wallets and Exchanges

So many exchanges exists and a newbie in the cryptosphere can easily fall prey to fake exchanges and wallets. These exchanges bear all the markings of a real and legitimate exchange but they are out to cause harm to unsuspecting users. Most of these exchanges have even been found on Google play store making them look like legitimate apps.  A typical example is Poloniex which had duplicated apps hoping to swindle unsuspecting users. They almost succeeded as they had gotten 5,500 downloads before it was flagged down by Google.

Once you download these fake exchanges and wallets, they can steal important account details or restrain you from retrieving your money. To be on the safe side, read reviews about wallets and exchanges before downloading them. Also, do not download random crypto apps from Google Play. Ensure that the apps are well known, trusted and have real people behind them and not shady characters.

Phishing
A more familiar scam is Phishing.  Scammers send you unsolicited emails that look like they were sent from you bank and a click will take you to a site that once you input your account details they can log into your real account and cause devastating damages. To avoid phishing scams, you have to ensure to double check URLs before proceeding to click the link. Protect your private key and never disclose it not even to someone who claims to be from the exchange.

While this is not a full checklist of crypto-related scams they are very common. You have to ensure that you protect your self from falling a victim. A lot of persons have fallen prey to scam crypto projects. In April 2018, more than 300,000 investors lost a total of $660 million to an MLM scam called Pincoin and iFan ICOs. Equally, in January 2018 Bitconnectwas criticised for being a Ponzi scheme and promising investors 40% returns.

Do you know anyone who has fallen victim to a crypto scam? Have you noticed any suspicious crypto product? Share your opinion with us in the comment section below.

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Bittrex International to Shutdown, Customers to Use a Soon to be Launched Bittrex Global Platform.

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Bittrex has announced the closure of its Bittrex international trading platform and the launch of a new European trading platform, the Bittrex Global.

Confirming the date the ‘international’ platform will be shutdown, Bittrex in an email sent to its customers said on the 29th of October, 2019, the platform will be closing and the closure will coincide with the launch of a ‘new exchange partner’s.

According to the firm, the new partner will utilize the ‘trusted Bittrex technology platform.’

Headquartered in Liechtenstein, the email read “Bittrex Global aspires to be the premier global exchange for trading new and innovative blockchain tokens”.

In September 30th, Bittrex in a medium post said it will be launching a new platform, the Bittrex Global. According to the post, “Bittrex Global aspires to be the premier global exchange for trading new and innovative blockchain tokens in accordance with Liechtenstein’s Transaction Systems Based on Trustworthy Technologies Act, commonly referred to as the Blockchain Act.”

Once the Bittrex International platform goes off with the coming online of the Bittrex Global, customers of the former can effectively access the Bittrex Global platform using the login details of the former. This applies to corporate accounts also.

Despite the ability to access the Bittrex Global platform, customers will be required to accept the Terms of Service of the new platform before they can be able to use it.

According to a time table prepared by Bittrex, starting the series of steps that will see the successful migration of customers from one platform to the other, on the 21st of October, 2019; Customers of Bittrex International will be offered the opportunity to accept the terms of service of Bittrex Global.

The terms will become effective on the 29th of October when the Bittrex Global platform launches.

On the 29th of October will see the launch of the Bittrex Global platform. Customers accessing the ‘International’ platform will be redirected to the new platform where they will be prompted to accept the Terms of Service if they hadn’t.

In addition, the new platform will be launching a new customer support service.

Bittrex advised customers to follow the social media accounts of Bittrex Global platform for future announcements as the Bittrex International social media accounts will be retired.

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Users to purchase crypto on Binance with the Rubles. 

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Russians will soon be able to purchase cryptocurrency on the world largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance.

This comes from the CEO, CZ who in the Open Innovation Conference in the capital of the country said Russians will be able to buy and trade rubles to cryptocurrency on the exchange.

He is quoted saying “In about two weeks or so, we should have support for Russian rubles trading directly.” He went in saying “so you’ll be able to buy cryptocurrencies Binance.com using rubles.”

The firm which started as an exchange and has now grown into a platform business with the various products it offers to the cryptocurrency community had earlier partnered with a London based firm for a fiat gateway.

This allowed users to buy with MasterCard and Visa debit & credit cards cryptocurrencies. It also facilitates bank wire transfers for purchasing of cryptocurrencies.

Since the year began, Binance has been steadily building it’s business from being just an exchange to an ecosystem.

It started the 2019 crypto crowdfunding with the initial exchange offering IEO allowing crypto start-ups to raise funds while instantly getting listed on the exchange.

It has also developed and brought to the market its futures platform, its margin trading platform and Lending.

In addition to these, it launch an initiative to create localized stablecoins pegged to local currencies, Project Venus. A move which Libra is looking forward to implement.

As Binance has hinted plans to allow Russians to purchase cryptocurrency on the binance.com platform, it has so far launched four different fiat to crypto exchanges in Singapore, US, Uganda and Jersey.

By November, binance.com platform users will be able to purchase cryptocurrency using the rubles according to CZ.

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Bitfinex Seeks Recover $800million as it files to US Court to subpoena Crypto Capital Executive 

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Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex seeks to recover its funds held up in Crypto Capital as it files to a US court to subpoena the firm’s Executive based on a report by Coindesk.

The filing according to the Exchange showed that Crypto Capital operated account(s) with TCA Bancorp and were used to initiate the transfer of funds itself and that VP TCA Bancorp may have information and documents important to its claims.

The filing, which took place on the 18th of October, seek to obtain the permission of the court to depose Monroe Rondell, the Vice President of TCA Bancorp and to obtain documentations of the VP’s communication with Crypto Capital.

According to Bitfinex, the business relationship with Crypto Capital was in good terms until news broke out about money laundering which resulted in the seizure of funds in Crypto Capital by the Polish authorities at the beginning of the second quarter last year.

In the third quarter, August 2018, Bitfinex said the firm told it that half a billion dollars of its funds are held up by both the Portuguese and Polish regulators. Validating the claim, a reference letter signed by the VP of TCA Bancorp Monroe after Bitfinex pressured Crypto Capital.

However, the letter revealed a little more than $300 million Bitfinex funds at the TCA on behalf of a client referred to as Global Trade Solutions AG (GTS), doing business under the name Crypto Capital.

Owing to these issues, Bitfinex has applied to depose Monroe Rondell and obtain documented records of communication with executives of Crypto Capital, GTS who are said to be related by blood.

Executives of both firms have been reportedly indicted by the US Department of Justice for bank fraud charges according to a report by Coindesk

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$36.7 Million Worth of BNB Destroyed as Binance Completes its 9th Quarterly Burn

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Binance has announced the completion of its ninths quarterly burn of the BNB token. The period which is between July to September, 2019 say the burning of 2,061,888 BNB tokens worth at market value $36,700,000.
https://twitter.com/binance/status/1184708839687389185?s=19

CZ, CEO of Binance in a statement made in the exchange’s blog said he will share some thoughts using the opportunity provided by the quarterly burn.

According to CZ, the last quarter burn represents a significant growth over the 2nd quarter burn. Contributing factors to the increase include new services such as the Margin Trading platform amongst other services which CZ noted are beginning to produce results.

For Q4, CZ acknowledged that services such as the Futures Trading will contribute to the Q4 burning.

Binance also mentioned that though the exchange has large user base, it could still be making the small profit compared to other exchanges in the industry.

He gave reasons for this position, one which be said it’s because of Binance long term goals to fund and invest in projects that has prospects. He also cited lowest fees in the industry as a reason.

CZ pointed out that Binance does not perform a “buy back” as some people think it’s better. He went further clarifying this position saying
” …..think about it: a platform’s main income should already be in their native platform token, and the only way to get the “cash” to do a “buy-back” is to sell their tokens first. So, to do a “buy-back,” they must sell first, then buy back. –– We believe this does not, in fact, achieve anything; it only indicates that those platforms are not holding their own tokens. They probably sell their tokens the minute they receive them.”

He concluded with a question “Would you want to hold their tokens when the platforms don’t hold it themselves?”

According to Binance, following the burn, there are still 185,474,825 BNB remaining

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