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Crypto Traders Beware of Crypto Scams

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Cryptocurrency-related scams and hacks have grown to become one of the largest dangers when it comes to crypto trading in recent years. Scammers were interested in cryptocurrencies from the beginning, but their actions increased in number and sophistication exponentially after the crypto hype of 2017.  As a result, millions upon millions of dollars in crypto were reported stolen in the last few years.

At first, scammers were mostly targeting people through phishing attacks via email. However, their methods quickly evolved, and soon enough, they jumped on the ICO bandwagon. The situation has become so bad that crypto investors had to check, double check, and triple check every single investment, and even then they could not be certain that they are not being tricked.

Luckily, the ICO trend has ended, and not a lot of people willing to invest in random ICOs remain these days. However, numerous scams still remain fresh in investors’ memory. With that in mind, here are a few examples of some of the biggest and most damaging scams reported in recent years.

1. Phishing scams

As mentioned, scammers originally started tricking people through phishing attacks. The methods they used are relatively typical for this type of an attack, which was present on the web long before cryptocurrencies appeared.

The process is simple — hackers would obtain the email address of a crypto investor, and try to trick them into giving away sensitive information. A known scamming attempt is when scammers make a fake online page that looks exactly like a legitimate website, such as one belonging to a crypto exchange.

All that the scammer needs to do at this point is tell their victims that there is something wrong with their accounts and that they need to react as soon as possible. Of course, they would also provide a link to the fake page, on which the victim is expected to click and try to log into their account. At this point, scammers have obtained the victims’ login credentials, which they can use to access their funds. The same danger exists when it comes to hot wallets, which is why it is always advised that traders and investors pay close attention to the links they click.

2) Fake projects

Fake crypto projects have become almost a norm in the crypto world at some point. As soon as the crypto prices started rising, investors started buying more coins and investing more money. The scammers quickly realized that some of them would invest in almost anything without too much research, in fear of missing out on a great opportunity. Because of this, numerous fake coins rumored to be Ponzi schemes started appearing on the market.

One of the biggest ones so far was Bitconnect, which had its own coin, its own platform, and it looked real apart from the fact that it promised astronomical returns to all those who invest in it. The project attempted to attract as many users as possible through a lending program, where users were supposed to send their BCC coins to others in order to get them interested.

3) Scammers using celebrities to trick investors

While searching for better ways to quickly attract net investors, scammers quickly realized how much potential celebrities have when it comes to promoting their projects. Celebrities have millions of followers around the world, most of which are not familiar with cryptocurrencies and dangers that lurk in the industry.

As such, they are easy targets, and scammers soon partnered with many celebrities to attract these new investors to crypto, and their fake project in particular. The best-known cases of celebrities partnering up with fake projects include DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather. Of course, this does not mean that all crypto projects partnered with celebrities are fraudulent. Instead, it only means that investors need to remain careful when researching the project, no matter who supports it.

Obviously, caution while investing in crypto projects is of utmost importance in order to secure your funds and avoid being scammed. Each project needs a deep amount of research, as well as the team that is running it, as scammers often post made up credentials, and use stolen names and pictures.

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Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and Ripple On the Rise

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The recent development in the cryptocurrency industry is a rise in price for many of the core digital coins. We believe that the unexpected price hike is due to the renewed interest of the key players in the industry. Many investors, speculators, and traders are rushing into the number one cryptocurrency; Bitcoin like never before. Other altcoins such as Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin are not dormant either. The effect of the influx is the soaring prices of the digital coins within seven days.

The price of the crypto leading giant-Bitcoin has increased at 25.74 percent in one week. Ethereum also gained 18.76 percent increase in its price. Litecoin and Ripple also recorded some percentage increase in the tune of 53.20 percent and 16.12 percent respectively. It is no just these few popular coins that have gained in one week. From what we have gathered, 94 digital coins amongst the leading 100 cryptocurrencies are also experiencing the rise in price. This information is according to what TradingView published in April 2019.

According to them also, other cryptocurrencies gained in value while others declined. From their calculations, six digital currencies advanced while ninety-four was on the decline. Also, another information shows that the increase in Bitcoin price has reduced the value of other assets such as bonds and stocks.

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Crypto Market is Not Free from the Bearish Trend Yet

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Investors and traders are still speculating over the bullish trend that shook the market this past seven days. However, amidst the joy of the price hike in the industry, some people are still cautious. A crypto trader with the twitter handle of BTC_Macro is advising other players in his tweet to be careful. According to him, the bearish cryptocurrency market is not over yet.

In the tweet, the user admonished players in the market not to listen to the people saying that the bears have given up. It went further to say that Bitcoin may still plunge uncontrollably anytime even if it breaks the $6K mark. When this occurs the twitter user continues, any scenario may occur. The advice is that players in the crypto market should be on the neutral side. According to the user, it is not safe to be on the bullish side or the bearish side. Instead, players should be on their toes without bias.

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Over time, it has become evident that many traders usually go against the market majority during bearish or bullish trends. Well, there is usually some logic backing up the reactions.

It is true that we have seen the longest bearish trend in the history of cryptocurrencies. Everybody who has a stake in the crypto market is expecting the day of the bull’s rise…

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The Interoperability Problem of Blockchain May Soon Be Over

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Crypto traders have certainly had a rough time since early 2018. The markets have tanked resulting in large losses for nearly everyone involved in the market. While that’s bad, what’s even worse is the fact that many projects have failed to deliver on their roadmap. Blockchain technology has been hailed as the next great advance in technology. And while many companies are making strides toward fully implementing blockchain-based technology, there is still a long way to go. As promising as blockchain technology is, there are still limitations that need to be addressed.

Limitations of Blockchain Networks

Although blockchain technology is certainly the future, the existing technology will need to be improved before it can go mainstream.  A few of the current limitations include:

  • Limited Scalability – Blockchain networks have consensus mechanisms that require each node to verify a transaction. This verification requirement slows down the network and limits the total number of transactions that can be processed.
  • Limited Usage – Each blockchain network was created with specific usage in mind. Because of the limited number of use-cases, each network eventually suffers from a never-ending loop of limited adoption. In the end, this causes low awareness.
  • Lack of Interoperability – At present, individual blockchain ecosystems are unable to communicate with each other. If a blockchain network attempts to retrieve information from an external (outside the “chain”) source, each node would have to…
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