Sport over! Squid Sport-inspired crypto rip-off collapses as worth crashes from $2.8K to zero

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A cryptocurrency impressed by Netflix’s internationally hit TV present “Squid Sport” scammed buyers in what seems to be a $3.38 million “rug pull” scheme.

Dubbed “SQUID,” the cryptocurrency plunged to virtually a fraction of a cent minutes after crossing over $2,850 at 09:35 UTC, Nov. 1. The lethal drop surfaced following a 75,000% bull run, showcasing a higher demand for SQUID amongst merchants after its debut on Oct. 26.

On the core of the retail craze lay the recognition of Squid Sport. The scammers promoted SQUID as a play-to-earn cryptocurrency impressed by the South Korean TV fictional present through which folks put their lives in danger to play a collection of kids’s video games for the chance to win 45.6 billion gained (~$38.7 million).

The advertising and marketing ploy helped push SQUID costs from $0.01 on Oct. 26 to over $38 on Sunday. The cryptocurrency then jumped to $90 on Nov. 1, ushering in a large pumping spherical that pushed its worth additional to over $2,850, solely to crash all the best way right down to $0.002 minutes later.

SQUID worth pump and dump. Supply: CoinMarketCap

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Within the days main as much as the large crash, merchants had complained that they might not promote their SQUID holdings in the one accessible market, a decentralized change known as PancakeSwap. Of their protection, SQUID founders mentioned that they had deployed an modern “anti-dumping know-how” that limits folks from promoting their tokens towards decrease demand.

“The extra folks be part of, the bigger reward pool can be (sic),” the Squid Sport whitepaper learn, including that: 

“Builders will take 10% of the entry payment with the remaining 90% given to the winner.”

Main information community CNBC additionally revealed the Squid Sport cryptocurrency founders’ claims with out omissions, insofar that it known as SQUID the “very personal model” of the Netflix present.

The Squid Sport cryptocurrency founders additionally mentioned they have been affiliated with the Netflix present as its official token accomplice. In addition they claimed that that they had entered a strategic partnership with CoinGecko, a crypto knowledge supplier. Nonetheless, in an interview with Cointelegraph, CoinGecko co-founder Bobby Ong refuted the claims, saying:

“[SQUID] didn’t meet our itemizing standards therefore it is not going to be listed on CoinGecko. It’s almost certainly a rip-off.”

CoinMarketCap, a rival of CoinGecko, listed SQUID on its platform however warned guests concerning the cryptocurrency’s doubtful nature in a discover. It learn:

“There’s rising proof that this challenge has rugged. Please do your individual due diligence and train excessive warning. This challenge, whereas clearly impressed by the Netflix present of the identical identify, is NOT affiliated with the official IP.”

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In the meantime, analysts additionally famous that the Squid Sport token founders had no profiles on LinkedIn, with Twitterati Crypto Tyrion ruling SQUID as a “100% rug pull.”

It now seems like a “Sport Over” situation for the SQUID bag holders. 

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