An article in Private Eye about the cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme OneCoin caught my eye last week.
OneCoin was one of the earliest and biggest cryptocurrency Ponzi schemes. You handed over money in exchange for OneCoin tokens, which OneCoin and its agents claimed would steadily increase in value, allowing you to cash in your tokens later for more money (or money's worth).
Large recruitment commissions were also paid in a multi-level marketing (aka pyramid) system.
OneCoin never made any serious attempt to claim that it had external revenue to fund its ability to pay investors more than they'd invested - plus recruitment commissions. Using new investors' money to allow existing investors to cash out more than they'd invested, while also paying multi-level commissions, made it a Ponzi scheme.Continue reading...