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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Crypto News: 'Market manipulation 101': 'Wolf of Wall Street'-style 'pump and dump' scams plague cryptocurrency markets

Market manipulation 101: Wolf of Wall Street-style pump and dump scams plague cryptocurrency markets

LONDON - Cryptocurrency exchanges are rife with "pump and dump" scams that would be illegal in most markets and leave unsuspecting investors at risk of large losses, a Business Insider investigation has found.

Crypto traders are using the secure messaging app Telegram to orchestrate the scams. Their strategy is to suddenly inflate the price of a cryptocurrency by coordinating a few buyers to act at specific times.

Then, after the price rises, they attract other, unwitting investors to buy into the price momentum. The "pumpers" quickly sell the coin to make a profit. The coins often crash just minutes after the initial surge, leaving the second wave of investors with losses.

The same scam was most famously carried out in the stock market by the "Wolf of Wall Street," Jordan Belfort, the convicted securities fraudster whose exploits were turned into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.


Full story at http://read.bi/2AFEYNQ


Source: Business Insider Nordic


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