Recent news and analysis indicate that many Ponzi crypto apps are targeting and defrauding people in India. Many of these Ponzi cryptocurrency apps lure Indian customers and scam them by promising them high returns in short period of time.
First of all, What is 'Ponzi scheme' ?
Ponzi schemes are investment plans in which the owner or operating firm pays investors' returns from new cash raised from new investors rather than from the company's revenues.
Crypto Ponzi schemes are crypto investment frauds that pay existing investors with funds collected from new investors. Crypto is a prime target for the masterminds of Ponzi schemes. Average investors do not fully understand the technology that crypto uses or how to evaluate a cryptocurrency as a sound investment. Unlike traditional investments where investors can dig into earnings, analyst research reports, audited documents and other required regulatory material, many crypto projects are unregulated and having anonymous founders is not unusual in the space.
Ponzi schemes are named after Charles Ponzi. In the 1920s, Ponzi promised investors a 50% return within a few months for what he claimed was an investment in international mail coupons. Ponzi used funds from new investors to pay fake “returns” to earlier investors. This article features the 10 crypto Ponzi schemes that ravaged the digital asset market in 2022.
Ponzi crypto app dupes people by offering high returns.
Here are points to note on how these Ponzi crypto apps are duping people by offering higher returns. The life savings of many people are being wiped out after they invest in these crypto apps which promise daily and monthly returns.
One such app claimed to be a US-based firm, had opened two Telegram groups which had more than 19,000 members where they spread their investor base. The app lured investors by offering huge returns. At the beginning stage, the app even let investors withdraw their profits. It also offered heavy bonus to those who got more people to invest in the app. Later there were no option to withdraw investment funds and the app itself vanished from app stores and ceased to function.