Bitcoin Scams News
Bitcoin scams (and other cryptocurrency scams) are an unfortunate aspect of this burgeoning industry. Bitcoin (BTC) was invented as an open, permissionless alternative to the traditional financial system, but with this freedom to transact beyond borders and central administration came opportunities for criminals to exploit this system.
Legacy financial and monetary systems are certainly rife with scams, but victims are (usually) able to seek recourse and justice in the traditional banking system. Bitcoin, however, does not have insurance policies or a customer support line.
Bitcoin scams can take many forms, including Ponzi schemes designed to enrich a few at the expense of many, cloud mining schemes promising accessibility and profitability in a centralized mining operation with little capability to deliver on either, and phishing scams designed to steal an unsuspecting individual’s cryptocurrency.
As regulatory agencies are tasked to enforce frameworks that protect consumers, there is an important distinction between acknowledging and preventing scams within the Bitcoin ecosystem and classifying the cryptocurrency itself as a scam.