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Bitcoin Trader Review – Comprehensive Scam Test
Bitcoin Trader claims to have a unique trading software that wins trades with 99.4% accuracy. Is this, however, even possible? Find out in the following Bitcoin Trader Review
Bitcoin Trader is a software that focuses on Bitcoin and its trading. On their homepage, they have a short introductory video where famous people talk about Bitcoin and how innovative the currency is. It really is possible to make money by investing in Bitcoin, but I hardly think that is is possible with Bitcoin Trader. They promise unbelievable results with just a 250$ deposit. Bitcoin Trader looks just too good to be true.
Emails – who are you, Dzhordzh Barker?
The first impulse for creating this review was a short email which was sent to me by Dzhordzh Barker who is associated with BitCoin Trader. I tried to find whether he is the creator of Bitcoin Trader, but there is no information about him on google or on the Bitcoin Trader website. In the email, he claims, to have a system that can make you $100K per month.
Bitcoin Trader incredible results guaranteed!
I am always very skeptical when someone promises me something that looks too good to be true unless it’s beneficial for both parties. So when I first read the information on BitcoinTrader.com claiming I can become the next millionaire, I knew right away it’s probably just another scam. And with Bitcoin Trader, I was right. Again. Do not fall for false promises of high profitability based on someone’s unique system. It is almost always a scam. The Bitcoin Trader software claims that you will earn at least $1,300 per day. I can see that hardly possible with a minimum deposit of 250$.
Members of Bitcoin Trader Community? Fake!
The testimonials published on the Bitcoin Trader website are fake and I have a proof of that. Do you remember the displayed traders who are so damn successful? Well, they are not. Because these pictures are stock images, just have a look.
Approved by Antivirus software? Hell no!
BitCoin Trader wants to make its visitors think the software is highly trustworthy. It tries to do that using an introductory video featuring famous people like Bill Gates, Richard Branson and many others talking about how great Bitcoin is. Furthermore, there are icons of well-known antivirus programs (McAfee, Norton, BitGo) indicating that these leading security software companies support the Bitcoin Trader project. However, know that they are there just to make you believe that Bitcoin Trader is legit.
Conclusion from Bitcoin Trader Review
The information that Bitcoin Trader provide is a scam and you should most definitely not trust this software. Beware that this “unbelievable” trading system does not occur only on one domain, which means that the web address might differ. The name Bitcoin Trader and other information will be, however, always the same. If there was a system that would be ahead of the market by 0.01 second, all markets would almost instantly collapse. In the end, it’s a good thing that they promise such unbelievable results making it easier for people to recognize that Bitcoin Trader is not to be trusted.
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Hi. Very interesting article. I did want to have a go and see if I could make small amounts regularly which I would pay into my bank but I’ve no idea where to start as I read the reviews and almost everything ends up being dodgy. Where do I start?
It depends whether you would like to start trading binary options, forex, cryptos or CFDs in general.
Hi Michael, I’ve seen bitcoin trader advertising on facebook many times and have thought of opening an account with them.
Thanks to you I now know its a scam.
What’s your thoughts on a website called VIP-Crypto are they a good trading platform or is it a scam.
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Hello Richard, can you please send me website’s address? So I can review it and tell you whether it is a scam or not.
Hi Micheal I’m pretty new to this I started with 250 Euro on kayafx they come across as very pushy to keep investing do you know if IQ option or 24 option are better to trade on thanks
Most scams are pushy, because they want to convince people before they change their mind. If this is the case for kayafx, I do not know. Both 24 option and IQ Option have quite a good reputation. But personally, I think that IQ Option has way better offer.
The website address for VIP-Cryto is https://vip-crypto.com
I have parted with £250 and was put onto a broker who told a few things about crypto trading.
The web site looked good and was able to trade on it and then after a week I was asked if I wanted to make some money big time by adding a further £5000 which would eventually make me £100,000. Obviously I refused and then its all gone quiet.
I have asked to cash out but still waiting for my £250 back.
I think this one is definitely a scam.
Educate yourself and start trading on your own. Other people don’t care about your money, they only care about their profits!
Can you please help me by telling if the company CryptoNash is real or a scam. My dad invested € 2500,00 in the last couple of days, through out the bitcoin trader ad.
I do not know the company CryptoNash, so, unfortunately, I can not help you with this. But if they are connected to Bitcoin trader, please be super careful.
Just look at Bitcoin Trader landing page and you’ll see that specified user names, their photos and “I’m happy with your software bla-bla” reviews are just fakes (they use https://uinames.com/ to generate users info)
So it doesn’t seem to be a good to trust your money to a service that falsifies user’s data and reviews.
good day, I did not understand the iq option method, if you put a CALL and then a PUT this at the same time subtracts points even if the indicator is above or below your choice, if you can save me as it works since I was reviewing a bit and I did not understand, sometimes the amount went down and then went up or kept, I’m new to this and would like an orientation before making any deposit, and the price you ask for on deposit are dollars or Mexican pesos ??
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Do you know which crypto software for auto trading of BITCOIN/ETHEREUM, does I Q option use/operate?
I like to join I Q OPTION but only for bitcoin/ethereum auto trading and not manual trading.
I will appreciate your reply.
IQ Option does not operate any auto trading software nor do they support any. If I were you, I would be very careful with using an auto trading software because most of them do not work.
I see Peter Jones of Dragons Den has just made a huge investment in Bitcoin Trader. Would you care to comment, and pass on your thoughts? Many thanks.
From what I have read on the internet, that information is not true. There are even such rumors that BitcoinTrader stole their identities.
The first info I got on Bitcoin Trader was the news that in the UK it was started with two guys on the BBC show ‘Dragons Den’ showing Peter Jones and the others (very canny business people) investing and making money for one of them on 8 minutes. Peter Jones invested £2.5 million in it.
If it was a scam it wouldn’t be on the BBC and the Dragons Den team would have denounced it.
The above scam alert syas the pix are photo shopped and you can see that – no you can’t – there is no explanation of that at all! This lack of detail perhaps gives the impression that this site is a scam! I would like Bitcoin Trader to be a scam but I can find no proof of that here.
On the American site it says says there are no fees but on the UK one it says there is a 2% fee on profits. On the ‘How it works’ there is no info on how to withdraw your money/profits.
So there are indeed anomalies here.
Please pay closer attention to photos provided in this article, there is a proof that they are stock images. So the traders are actually not real people who have experience with Bitcoin Trader. Gavin Duffy said. “It is a total scam. I contacted the BBC but trying to get these things down off websites, because it’s a paid for ad by the people behind this scam to give a sort of official veneer, then overnight people were kind enough to give me a heads up that it’s on the Guardian website as well.”. Fellow Dragon Eleanor McEvoy said: “It’s absolutely disgraceful that these things can happen… But what do you do when these things happen and god forbid anyone has invested any money in after seeing our names, god that would be terrible.” (Source). It is up to you make your mind to what to believe.
via AOL advert from trade.markets-trading.com I have just been ‘fooled into investing. Became suspicious when they phoned me and I then gave my details to take £250 and guy rang off very very quickly. Worried they will take more that £250 – is that the case of the scam?
What method did you use to charge your account?
I too read the Dragons Den story and ended up investing €250. I made the payment by debit card on their site. I received a call shortly after to set up a call for a broker to contact me tomorrow.
Having read previous messages, I now have no doubt that I have been scammed.
Can you tell us what happened in the end? Was it a scam?
Shortly after I “invested” €250 l realised I had signed up to something completely different to the advert that had lured me in. I was really concerned I had been scammed so I requested a withdrawal of most of my deposit. They required me to fill in a form containing banking details, personal info etc which worried me even more. I received numerous calls daily from London, Zurich and other numbers which I terminated shortly after answering or ignored them totally. These calls are still ongoing and are ignored. Eventually my withdrawal request was processed and I have had most if my original deposit returned to me, thereby minimising my loss. I still get several calls a day which I ignore or terminate shortly after answering. I have received numerous emails demanding I answer the calls etc but have ignored these as well.
In short, I am convinced this is a scam. I have recovered as much of my investment as I can and have written off the balance.
My advice to you is to avoid this site and rather look into investing into a more credible and verifiable option .
This cryptonash look a scam. I see as well about dragons den invested for bitcoins and stupidly i did as well, did sign on and pay them 250 pounds, now they are asking from me 3 difference tipe of identity ( my passport details, my bank accont last bils and some another bill!).i fill only left to give them my door keys! Im a very upset. I did contact with my bank ready. They told me will try to help me. Thes cryptonash man name was daniel sanders, they were caling from Zurich .
Pity none of the Dragons have commented here – can it be they are unaware of this site?
Oh I’ve just googled ‘Peter Jones ‘ and got to his denial of his Bitcoin involvement – his legal team is on it he says.
It is vert strange that nothing of this has been on any BBC news item unless I missed it. What about ‘MoneyBox’?
I just to let people know I also saw Dragons Den advert for Bitcoin Trader sign up and invested 250 euros and got call from Daniel Sanders. He talked for a while the tried to get me to invest 1,500 euros, I informed him I didn’t have that kind of money. He tried to contact me over the next couple of weeks; I avoided his calls and emails as I was doing a bit of research on the site. He used different phone numbers eventually calling from an unknown phone number. I answered and told him what I had gathered from my searches but the strange thing was he was speaking with a completely different accent from the first time we spoke; it was obvious that he was a completely different person; I may be a pensioner but I am not senile. He had also promoted himself from an assigned advisor to being the owner of the company and became very agitated when I confronted him with what I believed concerning Cryptonash.
Does anyone have more info’s about http://www.cryptonash.com ? I have received a message on Skype with the link
swiss-methoden.com and by curiosity I clicked on and understand is a trading website so i signed up but the swiss-methoden signed me up to this http://www.cryptonash.com, after about 10 min I received a call from this women asking me to deposit a minimum of 250 then I told her I can’t risqué because for me 250 are important money then she said a minimum of 150 and she will assure me that I will see good progress in about a week time. Can I get some advice I do not know pretty much of this staff Ive only heard about bitcoin but thats all and need an insight! Thank you
I do not know more information about cryptonash.com, but anyone who assures you that you will see good profits is lying to you, especially since you have no experience with trading. I have checked also the swiss-methoden system and it has most of the signs that scams have (on the main page there are many testimonials how wonderfully the system works, but not a single one is negative). That is really odd. You can also notice that they have in their terms and conditions “there is no guarantee that you will earn any money using the techniques and ideas in these materials. examples in these materials are not to be interpreted as a promise or guarantee of earnings.”. So they make you think by having the “honest” testimonials on the web that there are only people who profit from swiss-methoden, but as you can see, that is not true. I would be very careful with proceeding any payment, but it is your money. If you would be looking for honest and regulated companies where you can trade cryptocurrencies, let me know and I will try to point you out in the appropriate direction.
Hi I got sucked into the cryptonash scam and have made a proffit. I know they are blagging , so i pretended to be a business man and wanted to see if they could double my money as I didnt believe the software. They have deposited my original deposit and proffit. Im still 300 euros in profit. So im going to ask them to deposit that before I give them a larger deposit which im not. Play them at their own game.
I got sucked into the bitcoin trader scam.
I saw the video and suddenly crptonash is ringing me.
I deposited 250 euro.
I have got that back and made some profit.
Now , I dont think there legit , they ring from different places and have english names and that does not add up.
I have spoke to the boss there as one of there workers openly said he didnt like what was going on after my pressing him about authenticity.
His picture and voice don’t add up and he was going to give me his personal phone number and email details.
Which never happened.
So they now want me to invest more money now they have proved to me they paid me back and some profit on that.
So I will now withdraw the other 300 euros profit I have to see if they will give it to me.
Im playing the role of a business man willing to put in only if they prove they can double my money and not before.
I can only win from this now.
But I will update you on the success of my last withdraw.
However Im more than aware this is a scam because of the way they jumped on the bitcointrader video scam with the dragons den rating it. They openly ommited to me they used this to get people in to trade with there money.
They must be pretty well organised working from an office bouncing numbers from around europe.
Perhaps they work in call centres?
Anyway if you’re unsure dont do it. Or dangle the carrot that you will invest more when you see you have made profit then just pullout.
They one thing they did say was that this is not going to make you a milliionaire which is about the only honest thing they have said.
I am also aware of the scam and am now testing the waters. 1st day so too early to tell.
How are you getting on? Did you withdraw your 300 Euros profit without any problems?
I first signed up with bitcoin trader and soon after I got a call from an account manager with Cryptonash, I have been working with them for 5 months now and honestly i was sceptical when i first started, but now I am sure they are a good company because of how we have been working together. I started with 350 euro and within a week i was told to put an additional 5000 euros, I never agreed to it as I am still very new to this trading thing. after two weeks i made a withdraw of 100 euro to test the system, i received it back in my account after 4 days. After several calls with the account manager I finally decide to go ahead and put my money into it (2500 euros) , you can imagine i was very nervous at that point, all I could think about was the money I had put and if I would see it back. In the past 5 months I’ve been able to withdraw 2764 euros. I will continue to work with them and see how it grows, the account manager has told me several times to put more funds into the account about opportunities in the market especially this season. I chose not to put anything because i saw these reviews and decided to get my money first and if that happens i will continue. So far I have taken 2864 euro from the account and I have requested another withdraw on thursday. I will keep you updated on what happens next, at this point i have taken all my money back and now will try to take profit. i hope they are good company because i have been scammed before and i do not want to be scammed again but so far they have been very nice to me and treated me with nothing but respect.
How did you get on with withdrawing your money. Reluctantly I have started today, solely with the intention of withdrawing my original £250 as soon as I have that much profit. Once that has occurred, I will be at least satisfied that I haven’t lost any of my personal money. To date I have invested £250, with no intention to increase by way of deposit.
How are you doing? Are you earning more per day the higher the amount in balance?
I’m from the UK and found TradingBeasts after signing up with Bitcoin Trader automatic trading, but never mind, I knew the risk involved. I would like to share my experience to date and continue so that others can benefit or be wiser regarding my own involvement.
Probably against my better judgement, I charged my £250 to my Mastercard. Before I continue, this is £250 that I am prepared to lose!
Step 1: Bitcoin Trader leads me to “GCC Investing”. I filled out details but stopped before making payment. The next morning I received an phone call from Leeds. It wasn’t hard sell but the caller was definitely prepared to stay on the phone as long as it took! I asked many questions and of course the answers were positive, but like I said, I am not investing money I can’t afford to lose.
Step 2: After making payment of £250 I then received a call from a fund manager (for want of a better title), a Russian American. I became the feeling that he was hoping I would sign up for the personal management account. I repeated many times that I don’t have any more money to invest, just my £250 initial start up money. He didn’t try to hard sell me and accepted my decision. He said let’s talk in a few weeks time once I could see how the account is running. I repeated once again I will not invest any further funds, maybe only my profit funds.
He will now set my account up to run on their automatic trading system. I am now currently waiting for my account to start trading and I will keep this column informed what is happening, good or bad!
My intention is to withdraw my initial £250 investment as soon as it is realised!?
I can hear the oohs and aahs as I am writing this comment but like I said, it is £250 I am prepared to lose. If I was reading this comment from a fellow chat mate, I wouldn’t be thinking there will be a positive outcome. I might even label myself an idiot.
Let’s see, I will be totally open here good or bad.
I would also like to attempt the Free Demo Account of IQ to have a try myself at trading. We’ll see
CoinEgg Review – Is coinegg.com scam or safe cryptocurrency exchange?
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CoinEgg is a cryptocurrency exchange, based in the United Kingdom. The company only focuses on digital assets, without providing any form of fiat currency trading. While this will make them unattractive for some companies
A lot of altcoins – at the time of writing of this review, 42 different assets are included on CoinEgg. While the usual suspects, such as Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin are present, some of the rest appear to be more exotic. You must check the details to get the full picture, but it’s safe to say these are not the top coins, in terms of market capitalisation.
While 42 may be a lot for some people, if you are looking for a specific coin/token, you should first do your research on the venues, where it is traded. Bittrex, Binance and EtherDelta are very likely to have it.
Low trading fees – the 0.10% fee on all trades makes CoinEgg a very competitive exchange. While other parts of their service may not be so pleasant, you must keep in mind a lot of exchanges charge something around 0.25%, with Kraken offering 0.26%, but a more trader-friendly environment.
Has not been hacked – CoinEgg has been around since 2020 and we didn’t find any information on a successful attack around this exchange. This is not a guarantee for the future, but is always a good sign.
Trading only against BTC – as we hinted in the beginning CoinEgg does not offer any type of fiat currency integration. Even the slightly controversial Tether tokens (USDT – a cryptocurrency backed by US dollars) are not listed.
Low liquidity on some instruments – this is to be expected given the nature of CoinEgg – fiat currency deposits are not supported and some of the tokens seem bizarre (at least to us).
Withdrawal fees up to 1% – this exchange charges withdrawal fees, which can go as high as 1% for the more exotic coins. The rates for the more popular coins are rather acceptable, with 0.001 BTC, 0.001 LTC and 0.01 ETH, respectively.
No leverage offered – CoinEgg does not allow traders to borrow money in order to speculate more aggressively. If this is what you are looking for, a forex broker may be a suitable alternative for you.
CoinEgg is a UK-based digital assets exchange. The company does not accept or send any form of fiat currencies, which puts them in the category of trading venues which are not regulated (as no legislation for them exists). This will definitely not be everybody’s cup of tea, but when it comes to exotic assets, CoinEgg offers a few of them. With such low fees, it’s not hard to see this exchange attract even more volume in the future.
Coming back to the regulatory aspect, we will reiterate what you probably know – dealing with cryptocurrencies still carries a significant level of risk. Even some of the top-tier exchanges have been hacked in the past. This is one of the topics on which the forex, brokers offering cryptocurrency trading have an edge. That being said, scammers do pop-up in the field of traditional finance. Check our list of tightly regulated forex brokers, offering Bitcoin below.
FXTM a regulated forex broker (regulated by CySEC, FCA and FSC), offering ECN trading on MT4 an MT5 platforms. Traders can start trading with as little as $10 and take advantage of tight fixed and variable spreads, flexible leverage and swap-free accounts.
XM is broker with great bonuses and promotions. Currently we are loving its $30 no deposit bonus and deposit bonus up to $5000. Add to this the fact that it’s EU-regulated and there’s nothing more you can ask for.
FXCM is one of the biggest forex brokers in the world, licensed and regulated on four continents. FXCM wins our admirations with its over 200,000 active live accounts and daily trading volumes of over $10 billion.
FxPro is a broker we are particularly keen on: it’s regulated in the UK, offers Metatrader 4 (MT4) and cTrader – where the spreads start at 0 pips, Level II Pricing and Full Market Depth. And the best part? With FxPro you get negative balance protection.
FBS is a broker with cool marketing and promotions. It runs an loyalty program, offers a $100 no-deposit bonus for all new clients outside EU willing to try out its services, and an FBS MasterCard is also available for faster deposits and withdrawals.
FxChoice is a IFSC regulated forex broker, serving clients from all over the world. It offers premium trading conditions, including high leverage, low spreads and no hedging, scalping and FIFO restrictions.
HotForex is a EU Regulated broker, offering wide variety of trading accounts, including Auto, Social and Zero spread accounts. The minimum intial deposit for a Micro account is only $50 and is combined with 1000:1 leverage – one of the highest in the industry.
Pay Attention to These 7 Bitcoin Scams
Bitcoin – the possible Pandora’s Box of the currency world – has never been short of controversy. Whether it be aiding the black market or scamming users out of millions, bitcoin is no stranger to the front page.
Still, the jury is out on the legality and usefulness of bitcoin – leaving it in a proverbial grey area. Bitcoin’s price has fluctuated throughout its history, falling and rising, currently hovering near $10,000. Perhaps you’ve found bitcoin while it looks to be on the rebound and find yourself interested in it as an investment.
However, there have been several legitimate bitcoin scams that have become infamous, and you need to know about them – but, what are the top 7 bitcoin scams? And how can you avoid them?
What Is a Bitcoin Scam?
For most cases, it may be pretty obvious what a scam is – but with bitcoin, and cryptocurrency in general, things become murkier. Bitcoin itself is an unregulated form of currency that essentially is a mere number that is only given value because of an agreement. It’s basically like a moneybag with a lock on it – the code of which is given to the recipient of the bitcoin (an analogy drawn by Forbes in 2020).
Bitcoin scams have been famously criminal and public in nature. With no bank as a middleman in exchange, things become more complicated; so hackers and con men have had a heyday.
Top 7 Bitcoin Scams
There have been (and undoubtedly will be) nearly countless bitcoin scams, but these frauds make the list of the top 7 worst bitcoin scams to date. Take note.
1. Malware Scams
Malware has long been the hallmark of many online scams. But with cryptocurrency, it poses an increased threat given the nature of the currency in and of itself.
Recently, a tech support site called Bleeping Computer issued a warning about cryptocurrency-targeting malware in hopes of saving customers from sending cryptocoins via transactions, reported Yahoo Finance.
“This type of malware, called CryptoCurrency Clipboard Hijackers, works by monitoring the Windows clipboard for cryptocurrency addresses, and if one is detected, will swap it out with an address that they control,” wrote Lawrence Abrahams, computer forensics and creator of Bleeping Computer.
The malware, CryptoCurrency Clipboard Hijackers (which reportedly manages 2.3 million bitcoin addresses) switches addresses used to transfer cryptocoin with ones the malware controls – thus transferring the coins to the scammers instead. And, according to Asia Times, even MacOS malware has been connected to malware scams involving cryptocurrency investors using trusted sites like Slack and Discord chats – coined “OSX.Dummy.”
2. Fake Bitcoin Exchanges – BitKRX
Surely one of the easiest ways to scam investors is to pose as an affiliate branch of a respectable and legitimate organization. Well, that’s exactly what scammers in the bitcoin field are doing.
South Korean scam BitKRX presented itself as a place to exchange and trade bitcoin, but was ultimately fraudulent. The fake exchange took on part of the name of the real Korean Exchange (KRX), and scammed people out of their money by posing as a respectable and legitimate cryptocurrency exchange.
BitKRX claimed to be a branch of the KRX, a creation of KOSDAQ, South Korean Futures Exchange, and South Korean Stock Exchange, according to Coin Telegraph.
BitKRX used this faux-affiliation to ensnare people to use their system. The scam was exposed in 2020.
3. Ponzi Scheme – MiningMax
“Ponzi bitcoin scam” has got to be the worst combination of words imaginable for financial gurus. And, the reality is just as bad.
Several organizations have scammed people out of millions with Ponzi schemes using bitcoins, including South Korean website MiningMax. The site, which was not registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, promised to provide investors with daily ROI’s in exchange for an original investment and commission from getting others to invest (basically, a Ponzi scheme). Apparently, the site was asking people to invest $3,200 for daily ROI’s over two years, and a $200 referral commission for every personally recruited investor, reports claim.
MiningMax’s domain was privately registered in mid-2020, and had a binary compensation structure. The fraudulent crypto-currency scam was reported by affiliates, resulting in 14 arrests in Korea in December of 2020.
Korea has long been a leader in technological developments – bitcoin is no exception. However, after recent controversy, it seems as though this is changing.
“But a lot of governments are looking at this very carefully,” Yoo Byung-joon, business administration professor at Seoul National University and co-author of the 2020 research paper “Is Bitcoin a Viable E-Business?: Empirical Analysis of the Digital Currency’s Speculative Nature,” told South China Morning Post in January. “Some are even considering putting their currencies on the blockchain system. The biggest challenge facing bitcoin now is the potential for misuse, but that’s true of any new technology.”
4. Fake Bitcoin Scam – My Big Coin
A classic (but no less dubious) scam involving bitcoin and cryptocurrency is simply, well, fake currency. One such arbiter of this faux bitcoin was My Big Coin. Essentially, the site sold fake bitcoin. Plain and simple.
In early 2020, My Big Coin, a cryptocurrency scam that lured investors into sinking an alleged $6 million, was sued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, according to a CFTC case filed in late January.
The CFTC case further details that the suit was due to “commodity fraud and misappropriation related to the ongoing solicitation of customers for a virtual currency known as My Big Coin (MBC),” further charging the scam with “misappropriating over $6 million from customers by, among other things, transferring customer funds into personal bank accounts, and using those funds for personal expenses and the purchase of luxury goods.”
Among other things, the site fraudulently claimed that the coin was being actively traded on several platforms, and even mislead investors by claiming it was also partnered with MasterCard, according to the CFTC case.
Those sued included Randall Carter, Mark Gillespie and the My Big Coin Pay, Inc.
5. ICO Scam – Bitcoin Savings and Trust and Centra Tech
Still other scammers have used ICO’s – initial coin offerings – to dupe users out of their money.
Along with the rise in blockchain-backed companies, fake ICOs became popular as a way to back these new companies. However, given the unregulated nature of bitcoin itself, the door has been wide open for fraud.
Most ICO frauds have taken place through getting investors to invest in or through fake ICO websites using faulty wallets, or by posing as real cryptocurrency-based companies.
Notably, $32 million Centra Tech garnered celebrity support (most famously from DJ Khaled), but was exposed for ICO fraud back in April of 2020, according to Fortune. The company was sued for misleading investors and lying about products, among other fraudulent activities.
The famous DJ wrote his support in a caption on Instagram back in 2020.
“I just received my titanium centra debit card. The Centra Card & Centra Wallet app is the ultimate winner in Cryptocurrency debit cards powered by CTR tokens!” Khaled wrote.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission even issued a warning in 2020 about ICO scams and faux investment opportunities, brought on by a slew of celebrities who promoted certain ICOs (like Paris Hilton and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to name a few).
“Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must disclose the nature, scope, and amount of compensation received in exchange for the promotion,” the SEC wrote in an Investor Alert in 2020. “A failure to disclose this information is a violation of the anti-touting provisions of the federal securities laws.”
Another example is Bitcoin Savings and Trust, which was fined $40.7 million in 2020 by the SEC for creating fake investments and using a Ponzi scheme to scam investors. According to Coin Telegraph, Trenton Shavers, the organization’s leader, allegedly scammed investors into giving him 720,000 bitcoins promising a 7% weekly interest on investments – which he then used to pay back old investors and even fill his personal bank accounts.
6. Bitcoin Gold Scam – mybtgwallet.com
Nothing catches the eye of the naïve quite like the promise of gold – bitcoin gold, of course.
That is exactly what mybtgwallet.com did to unsuspecting bitcoin investors.
According to CNN, the bitcoin gold (BTG) wallet duped investors out of $3.2 million in 2020 by promising to allow them to claim their bitcoin gold. The website allegedly used links on a legitimate website (Bitcoin Gold) to get investors to share their private keys or seeds with the scam, as this old screenshot from the website shows.
Before the scam was done, the website managers (slash scammers) was able to get their hands on $107,000 worth of bitcoin gold, $72,000 of litecoin, $30,000 of ethereum, and $3 million of bitcoin, according to CNN.
Bitcoin Gold, the site’s wallet used in the scam, began investigating shortly after, but the site remains controversial. Still, firm released a warning to bitcoin investors.
“It’s worth reminding everyone that it will never be truly safe to enter your private key or mnemonic phrase for a pre-existing wallet into any online website,” Bitcoin Gold wrote. “When you want to sweep new coins from a pre-fork wallet address, best practice is the same as after other forks: Send your old coins to a new wallet first, before you expose the private keys of the original wallet. Following this basic rule of private key management greatly reduces your risk of theft.”
7. Pump and Dump Scam
While this type of scam is certainly not relegated to just bitcoin (thank you for the education, “The Wolf of Wall Street”), a pump-and-dump scam is especially dangerous in the internet space.
The basic idea is that investors hype up (or “pump up”) a certain bitcoin – that is usually an alternative coin that is very cheap but high risk – via investor’s websites, blogs, or even Reddit, according to The Daily Dot. Once the scammers pump up a certain bitcoin enough, skyrocketing its value, they cash out and “dump” their bitcoin onto the naïve investors who bought into the bitcoin thinking it was the next big thing.
Bittrex, a popular bitcoin exchange site, released a set of guidelines to avoid bitcoin pump-and-dump scams.
While “stackin’ penny stocks” may sound like an appealing way to earn an extra buck (thanks to its glamorization by Jordan Belfort), messing in bitcoin scams is nothing to smirk at.
How to Avoid Bitcoin Scams
With the inevitable rise of bitcoin in current and coming years, it is becoming increasingly important to understand and be on the lookout for bitcoin scams that could cost you thousands. As more people become interested in Bitcoin, more people are also likely to try and pull off a scam.
There is no one formula to avoiding being scammed, but reading up on the latest bitcoin red flags, keeping information private, and double checking sources before investing in anything are good standard procedures that may help save you from being duped. Cryptocurrency can be a confusing topic even for the experienced Bitcoin enthusiast, so the more you read up on the world of Bitcoin, the more prepared you can be. After all, knowledge is power.
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