My name is Monte Friesner and I am a former money launderer who now practices as a Financial Crime Analyst, especially lecturing on the criminal activity of High Yield Investment Programs that do not exist; however, dreamers and criminal still believe that they can obtain a profit of 10% to 50% per month profit by simply investing One Million to One Hundred Million USD.
The hype of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency is by far deadlier than any other scam out there today and thousands of people have lost their saving based on promises and advice of unscrupulous fraudsters as recently as the massive scam perpetrated by Money Trend Coin operating from Dubai and India.
I am constantly drafting dossiers and reports to companies alerting them to the dangers of Crypto Currency, but I know my warnings are falling on deaf ears because they have been infected with the deadly disease known as greed. One of the best warnings I have researched is by Mr. William Harris of PayPal and I compliment him on his honesty and openness.
I’m tired of saying, “Be careful, it’s speculative.” Then, “Be careful, it’s gambling.” Then, “Be careful, it’s a bubble.” Okay, I’ll say it: Bitcoin is a scam.In my opinion, it’s a colossalpump-and-dumpscheme, the likes of which the world has never seen. In a pump-and-dump game, promoters “pump” up the price of a security creating a speculative frenzy, then “dump” some of their holdings at artificially high prices. And some cryptocurrencies are pure frauds.Ernst & Youngestimates that 10 per cent of the money raised for initial coin offerings has been stolen.
The losers are ill-informed buyers caught up in the spiral of greed. The result is a massive transfer of wealth from ordinary families to internet promoters. And “massive” is a massive understatement — 1,500 different cryptocurrencies now register over$300 billionof “value.”
It helps to understand that a bitcoin has no value at all.
Promoters claim cryptocurrency is valuable as (1) a means of payment, (2) a store of value and/or (3) a thing in itself. None of these claims are true.
1. Means of Payment.Bitcoins are accepted almost nowhere, and some cryptocurrencies nowhere at all. Even where accepted, a currency whose value canswing 10 per centor more in a single day is useless as a means of payment.
2. Store of Value.Extremeprice volatilityalso makes bitcoin undesirable as a store of value. And the storehouses — the cryptocurrency trading exchanges — are far less reliable and trustworthy than ordinary banks and brokers.
3. Thing in Itself.A bitcoin has no intrinsic value. It only has value if people think other people will buy it for a higher price — theGreater Fool theory.
Some cryptocurrencies, likeSweatcoin, which is redeemable for workout gear, are the equivalent of online coupons or frequent flier points — a purpose better served by simple promo codes than complex encryption.
Indeed, for the vast majority of uses, bitcoin has no role. Dollars, pounds, euros, yen and renminbi are better means of payment, stores of value and things in themselves.
Hackers are getting into the act. It’s estimated that 90 per cent of allremote hackingis now focused on bitcoin theft by commandeering other people’s computers to mine coins.
Even ordinary buyers areflouting the law. Tax law requires that every sale of cryptocurrency be recorded as a capital gain or loss and, of course, most bitcoin sellers fail to do so.The IRSrecently ordered one major exchange to produce records of every significant transaction.
And yet, a prominentSilicon Valley promoterof bitcoin proclaims that “Bitcoin is going to transform society ... Bitcoin’s been very resilient. It stayed alive during a very difficult time when there was the Silk Road mess when Mt. Gox stole all that Bitcoin ...” He argues the criminal activity shows that bitcoin is strong. I’d say it shows that bitcoin is used for criminal activity.
Bitcoin is absurdly wasteful of natural resources. Because it is socompute-intensive, it takes as much electricity to create a single bitcoin — a process called “mining” — as it does to power an average American household for two years. If bitcoin were used for a large portion of the world’s commerce (which won’t happen), it would consume a very large portion of the world’s electricity,divertingscarce power from useful purposes.
In what rational universe could someone simply issue electronic scrip — or justannouncethat they intend to — and create, out of the blue, billions of dollars of value? It makes no sense.
All of this would be a comic sideshow if innocent people weren’t at risk. But ordinary people are investing some of their life savings in cryptocurrency. Onestock brokerageis encouraging its customers to purchase bitcoin for their retirement accounts!
It’s the job of the SEC and other regulators to protect ordinary investors from misleading and fraudulent schemes. It’s time we gave them the legislativeauthorityto do their job.
Chronicles of Monte Friesner – Financial Crime Analyst