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Date: 2018-12-10

Scams You Should Be Aware Of When Dealing With Crypto

Like most other markets, the "crypto" space is full of scams.

This is hardly surprising, due to the fact that it's a rapidly growing market, as well as being almost entirely unregulated. It's very similar to the early Internet, where people were selling all sorts of questionable products - in the form of drugs to dodgy "cures".

The point is that whilst the "crypto" world is entirely legitimate, the process through which people are able to deal with it is very small. There are a whole number of scams, which essentially mean that if you contribute your money to them, you'll typically end up with a large amount of problems - either from poor returns or your money will be lost.

The way to resolve these problems is to ensure that you're basically looking at the market in the most effective way possible. This tutorial aims to do this...

Scams You Schould Know

Scam ( Double Your Coin ): You send # of [coin/token] and you will receive twice or more in return. A number of Twitter accounts masquerading as notable cryptocurrency developers and startups have been soliciting funds with promises of major gains.
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Scam ( Pump and Dump Groups ): You're provided with an exact time/date of a specific coin on an exchange. The pump group then instructs you to buy said coin via message (Telegram, Tweet or Discord). You're expected to hold this coin until it reaches a predetermined value. As the price increases the group leaders are selling and cashing out leaving you with very little chance of profit and high risk of loss.
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Scam ( Fake ICO ): You find out about a new coin/token that promises to do xyz using the blockchain. For a short period they're allowing early investments before the price goes to the moon! You buy said coins/tokens and in a months time or more the company goes missing. This is called an exit scam. It's become so common that an awareness how to guide has even surfaced (screenshot). Jokingly someone has created a Useless Token (screenshot) that highlights the scam.
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The Crypto Market Explained

The "crypto" market is basically where people buy and sell the various crypto "tokens" from each other.

Whilst the market itself has been created to facilitate the process through which the tokens can be used, the economic / profit-making perspective is focused on providing users with the ability to actually find the files that allow users to make the most of the system.

Because people actually believed that "Bitcoin" was actually going to provide users with the ability to transact with others in a "new currency", it allows users to get the most out of the system.

Because of the necessity to purchase one of the coins, most people ended up finding the system that is going to find the most effective way to trade the coins for a profit. This is where most "traders" got the idea to trade the coins from.

Unfortunately, because of the associated value of the coins, the price has swung wildly. This means that if you're looking at getting involved with the space, you have to be sure that you have access to the best quality information and coins.

How To Identify Scams

Most of the "crypto" scams come in the form of having a system which is basically unable to give people the ability to get the most out of their investment.

For example, if someone doesn't have the right access to a particular "coin", of if the "coin" drops in value, most people will end up with problems pertaining to the way in which they are meant to work.

To this end, the best way to identify scams is to identify if a system has been focused on providing an actual use-case or whether it has been created to just fleece unsuspecting buyers of their money.

A number of "ICO"'s have done this, as have a number of other "opportunities" presented by people who wanted to ensure that the "coins" were developed to provide the users with the most effective way to make a return.

Ultimately, you just need to perform due diligence before parting with your money. Don't worry about the price - look for substantive offerings / companies who actually know what they're doing. Then make sure you buy or trade the coins in a reputable environment.