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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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Enhancing Protection, Bittrex Secures $300m Digital Asset Insurance 

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Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex, Inc announced it had secured a $300 million digital asset insurance.

The insurance obtained secures named crypto assets in its cold storage system. 

The blockchain technology and cryptocurrency exchange firm said it worked closely with the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser, Marsh, in placing the coverage with Arch Syndicate 2012, an organization which provides casualty and specialty insurance for corporations and supported by various syndicates at Lloyd’s of London. 

The approval for insurance coverage according to Bittrex comes after successfully demonstrating its extensive internal security and compliance protocols.

The coverage is up to $300 million in assets in cases of external theft and internal collusion.

The underwriters were not disappointed upon learning of the ‘best-in-class‘ technology Bittrex has. And the fact that ‘a growing number of cryptocurrency exchanges around the world are also built on the Bittrex’ technology owing to the confidence in the platform, Bittrex claims.

Speaking on the insurance coverage, the CEO of Bittrex, Bill Shihara, was quoted saying “Bittrex focuses on doing the right thing by our customers with security at the top of our mind. This insurance coverage provides another layer of peace of mind,”. 

He continued further saying “From our institutional customers to hobbyists, we are committed to prioritizing security throughout all of our decisions and forward looking blockchain technologies

Co-leader of the global leader in insurance and risk management firm, Marsh’s Marsh’s Digital Asset Risk Transfer (DART) team also commented saying “Insurance plays a critical role in the growth and development of any business, including those that work with blockchain technology and digital assets,” 

“We worked closely with Bittrex to create a tailored insurance solution to fit their specific cryptocurrency needs

 

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Waves.Exchange launches Secure Decentralized Staking offering up-to 30% Annual returns

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Waves.Exchange has launched its decentralized staking allowing users to securely stake their tokens and earn passive income of up-to 30% annually. 

 

The exchange rewards users with profits made based on the proportion of tokens staked on the platform. 

According to Waves.Exchange, many crypto exchanges currently offering staking services but argued that only decentralized staking can guarantee users’ security and true control over their crypto assets. 

 

In centralized exchanges, staked tokens become working capital for the exchanges since the tokens are transferred from the wallet of users to the exchange’s wallet thus losing control over the asset. 

 

Waves.Exchange emphasized that its decentralized staking offers users control over their crypto assets yet allows earning. The service is unique because Waves platform uses the POS consensus algorithm and pays out rewards with the generation of every block. 

 

the exchange has no access to users’ funds: no one can block staked assets or interfere with users’ ability to collect passive income in any other way.”

 

It works by letting users to simply sign a special transaction that allows their WAVES to be used by a specific Waves node to generate new blocks. In return, users collect a percentage of the resulting block rewards.

 

Neutrino Dollar as an alternative 

The exchange also offered alternatives, this comes in the package of the Waves decentralized stablecoin, the Neutrino Dollar. The Neutrino Dollar is described as 0″an algorithmic stablecoin pegged to the US dollar and underpinned by Waves’ PoS network.”

 

According to the exchange, all Neutrino coins are held in a smart contract and users can send their Waves to the smart contract and exchange them for the stablecoin at any time.

 

 The transferred Waves are used by a Waves node as part of a generating balance with users getting daily payments earnings in the Neutrino Dollar.

 

Higher ROI 

The exchange boast of higher rates, security and control of funds than traditional financial tools. Quoting the exchange, it said “While daily earnings will fluctuate based on WAVES’ price dynamics — which, in turn, depend on a number of wider factors affecting the crypto markets — USDN staking can still bring annual returns of up to 30%.”

 

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Naijacrypto Announce Support for XRP Days After Paystack Integration Allowing Buying of Crypto Easier

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Nigerian cryptocurrency exchange Naijacrypto has added support for Ripple XRP on its platform. The announcement comes days after the exchange integration of paystack into the exchange. 

 

Naijacrypto is one of the several Nigerian owned cryptocurrency exchanges offering locals the ability to easily buy and sell cryptocurrency.

Founded in March, 2019 and has grown offering unique services to users, as well as providing access to an OTC market for a wide selection of digital assets.

 

The Paystack integration allows customers to purchase cryptocurrency using their debit card thus eliminating the friction existing in buying and trading cryptocurrencies. 

 

In a video, Chiagozie Iwu of Naijacrypto also mentioned certain changes already carried out in the exchange platform and several more to come.

According to the video update, changes such as in KYC has seen improvement and is more user-friendly. 

 

Users are not mandated to submit identifying documents until the point of withdrawal. In security of the platform has also seen some improvement as users can now choose between available authentication methods. 

According to Mr.Chiagozie Iwu, “This is to give you more security features or based on your preferences basically”

 

Buy Bitcoin Page & Naijacrypto Academy 

Naijacrypto also talked about the creation of a page that will allow users to quickly buy bitcoin with few clicks thus simplify the whole process of getting bitcoin. 

The update also the intention of the crypto exchange to launch the Naijacrypto Academy.

The Naijcrypto academy will serve as a platform for educating new users in crypto generally. According to the CEO, Chiagozie Iwu, more details will be coming out soon.

 And in the coming days, New cryptocurrencies will be added to the platform and one of such being Bitcoin Cash.

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Huobi Launches Brokerage Platform Targeted at Institutional Clients

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Huobi Group, parent company of Huobi cryptocurrency exchange has launched a cryptocurrency brokerage platform, Huobi Brokerage. The brokerage platforms aims to attract institutional investors, especially those with great appetite for crypto products. 

The announcement came at me World Economic Forum #WEF at Davos on Tuesday, 21st January, 2020. The platform named Huobi Brokerage is currently available in major jurisdictions where the exchange is currently present with exception to the People’s Republic of China. 

 

Global Institutional Business (GIB)

The new service from Huobi is a part of Huobi’s Global Institution Business (GIB), an arm of Huobi with special interest to control its institutional-oriented businesses. It was established in November, 2019.

Huobi in a statement stating the function of the GIB said “The initiative, named Global Institutional Business (GIB), will see the creation of a team to offer and support services including contracts, exclusive benefits for VIP traders, and a dedicated fiat desks for institutional clients, as well as additional plans for custody services.”

According to Huobi, the firm since the third quarter of 2019 has seen an increase of up-to 400% growth in institutional clients with about 1,700 investors onboarded already. 

With offices across a couple of continents, the Huobi GIB aims to be at a top priority for Huobi as it continues to grow globally. 

According to Huobi Group vice president Ciara Sun, “2019 brought the first wave of institutional interest but 2020 is when we expect to see the industry mature with growing demand. As we enter the next phase of crypto, Huobi staking an active role in setting new standards for institutional and retail clients alike,” 

The race for institutional clients continues to grow increasingly stronger as the industry grows in maturity. Coinbase is also expanding its custody business across the world.

However, as Huobi plans to initiate its custody business in the coming months, it hopes to through its venture aims to set new standards for institutional clients in the industry. 

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