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Singapore Residents Lose $80K To Bitcoin Scam

Singapore Residents Lose $80K To Bitcoin Scam

Just under $80,000 was lost due to cryptocurrency scammers in Singapore earlier in the year after they used a number of strategies which involved the spreading of false information regarding phoney online investments, designed to bring in investors.

A new report has revealed that the scams were specifically designed to reel in residents of Singapore by using local celebrities who ‘endorsed’ the scams. This was most likely done without their consent.

According to CCN, “local police stated that the basic format of the scam involves the use of online articles which function as recruitment material for investors who do not carry out enough due diligence.” The said articles usually featured bright endorsements and testimonials bigging up the scam investment programs from some famous faces in the country including public figures and celebrities. This will usually bring in multiple low-level investors who wish to imitate the public faces they can see ‘promoting’ the programs.

Reports came out in September which used quotes by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) chairman and Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam which misled many investors to put their money in a fraudulent Bitcoin scheme. “The website solicited personal data of users including contact details and bank or credit card details.”

When the links in the articles are clicked by unsuspecting visitors, they are then taken to websites which offer these scam investments, before then being asked to enter their contact details, which in turn results in them being contacted by representatives operating on behalf of the investment scheme. According to a police report, the schemes operate from outside Singapore and so they aren’t regulated or recognised by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

“It will be recalled that Singapore is currently one of Asia’s friendliest jurisdictions for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, with several concurrent moves being made toward government-level blockchain adoption, cryptocurrency payment regulation and ICO oversight.”

Even with all this, the MAS doesn’t currently have a comprehensive crypto regulation framework and there are no safeguards or guarantees which are offered for investments in cryptocurrencies.

Despite all the hacks and scams happening in Singapore, it is slowly becoming the hub for cryptocurrency and blockchain innovation. Many blockchain based companies now operate out of Singapore and are therefore contributing to a very bullish feel towards the industry in Asia.

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Ukrainian eSports firm launches fan token for blockchain-based platform

Ukrainian eSports firm launches fan token for blockchain-based platform

The tendency of integrating cryptocurrencies in the eSports industry is still on the rise. In the past few years, several eSports companies have been trying hard to fully adopt blockchain technology in their platforms. One of the most common techniques for this is establishing fan tokens and the main purpose for this is to give sport-lovers opportunities to take part in their favorite sports online using the most convenient asset to pay and place bets. 

Socios launch fan token

This kind of fan token has been launched by many different firms. At the beginning of November the famous Ukrainian eSports organization, Natus Vincere joined the list of these eSports companies. Specifically, they said that the organization is going to launch a fan token on a blockchain-based platform called Socios. This multi-game company plans to increase fan engagement and attract new customers as they will be given a chance to vote in the polls and earn unique rewards. As the Ukrainian firm plans, the maximum amount of poof supply will be 5 million coins, but the number of tokens available at a price of $1 will be limited. The plan is going to be released in the next few months and the price of this new token will be determined according to the demand on the market. 

Therefore, digital currencies are still trying to rule the eSports industry. Usually, video game admirers acknowledge the advantages related to cryptocurrencies and it’s not the first time when crypto has tried to penetrate the eSports market. There were plenty of platforms for eSports skin betting with crypto through CS: GO in Russia in the last couple of years. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a popular video game developed by Valve which was first introduced in 2014. The popularity of this game raised, even more, when the players were given the chance to bet on the game using cryptocurrencies. And of course, it’s not the only video game that cryptos made even more famous because using blockchain technology has become an integral part of the whole video gaming industry, and most of the eSports community are using these digital currencies to gain benefits while placing bets online. 

This is why now it’s expected that every organization that took this step and launched a fan token is going to succeed because fan tokens are really favorable for blockchain-based platforms. Natus Vincere, which is more widely known for the name Navi, has operated in the eSports landscape since 2009, and since then it has been established as a powerful multi-gaming organization. CS: GO is a major game that the company specializes in, as well as Dota 2, Apex Legends, Fortnite, and several other games. After announcing the news, Navi is going to become a third eSports firm that will join the Socios platform, after the Spanish organization Team Heretics and European OG. What is more important is that Socios also plans to create fan tokens for leading sports clubs like FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain.

What are fan tokens?

Currently fan token is one of the most widely used terms in the field of eSports. It’s a digital asset just like a cryptocurrency but unlike cryptos, it belongs to only the eSports landscape as this token represents the ownership of voting rights and gives players opportunities to win specific rewards according to their club. Like other cryptos, fan tokens can be exchanged for other services, like VIP experiences, tickets, and many more. Therefore, fan tokens are different from cryptocurrencies because crypto operates on its own platform, while a token can be a form of crypto that also uses blockchain technology and is built on top of the platform. 

Once these fan tokens are launched, the wonders will have chances to use them in various ways. First of all, with them, players will be able to impact the decisions of organizations by taking part in the voting polls on Socios.com. By doing this they will be provided with Navi-related rewards, like digital experiences and sometimes even real-life activities. Probably, this initiative will be successful and this is why more eSports organizations are likely to start launching fan tokens of their own.

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How the financial landscape has changed over 2020 to benefit BTC

How the financial landscape has changed over 2020 to benefit BTC

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  • Danny Masters recently spoke to CNBC in an interview highlighting that the current financial landscape has changed massively where not having any kind of exposure to bitcoin could prove to be riskier then actually investing in it.

Danny Masters, the chairman at CoinShares and former commodity trader at JP Morgan Chase has recently spoken to CNBC in an interview highlighting that the current financial landscape has changed massively where not having any kind of exposure to bitcoin could prove to be riskier than actually investing in it.

Interviewed recently on the network, Danny highlighted the fact that it was previously seen as risky for many asset managers working in institutions to invest and put money into cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. But he said that as a portfolio manager, is fast migrating into a career-risk for not having Bitcoin in your portfolio, and that’s a really stunning development.”

Kelly Evans, the host of the CNBC segment said the following after his statement: 

“That is perfectly well-stated, you’re not going to get fired anymore if you had some Bitcoin, but you might get fired if you didn’t.”

Danny goes on to note that many opinions on bitcoin come as the asset has subsided in volatility. He added that the leading crypto coin is moving away from its stereotypical stigmas when it comes to mainstream investors and even highlights that it is no longer a question of whether companies will get exposure to the asset. Companies such as PayPal are a good example of that.

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MiL.k (MLK) Integrates Pay’s Lifestyle Gift Certificate for Rewards App

MiL.k (MLK) Integrates Pay’s Lifestyle Gift Certificate for Rewards App

MiL.k, the blockchain-based platform for the integration of digital reward points, has extended the utility and scope of its Milk (MLK) token by partnering with Korean online payments gateway and commerce giant Pay’s.

The new partnership will see MLK tokens become interchangeable with Pay’s gift certificates, including the ‘Book & Life Gift Certificate’ and ‘Book and Life Cash’. Under the terms of the collaboration, users will now be able to exchange MLK tokens for gift certificates, and vice versa. 

MiL.k Integrates Pay’s Gift Certificates

The MiL.k platform, under the auspices of Milk Partners Co., Ltd, focuses on hosting virtual rewards points from various lifestyle services, such as the travel and leisure industries, integrating them with its native in-house Milk token.

The latest integration of Pay’s ‘Book & Life’ certificate opens up MLK token holders to over 600 online stores including Payco, Nexon, Lotte Homeshopping, Pizza Hut, KFC, and many more. The certificates can also be redeemed at notable gaming services such as League of Legends and Blizzard Entertainment.

The MiL.k app aims to attract users by becoming a one-stop shop for online rewards and loyalty programmes. Through use of the MiL.k token, mileage points from numerous disparate online services can be effectively converted into one, single currency – MLK.

Consumer Utility

As an example of MiL.k’s utility, consider a typical family getaway that involves car hire, air travel, accommodation booking, and special events. A consumer may well be offered loyalty points from every one of these services, yet none of them are interchangeable or transferable with each other. 

Many users decline to engage with such loyalty programmes, for the simple reason that they don’t perceive much usefulness in a token that can only be redeemed at a single service point - one which they may never use again. MiL.k offers the chance to pool all of those points into a single spendable token.

Along with the ability to combine loyalty points, MiL.k also offers users a 5% discount on purchases made through its platform. The MLK token’s status as a cryptocurrency also means the end user can decide to move their coins onto an exchange and trade it for other cryptocurrencies, or cash it out for fiat money. 

Company Incentives

Companies that opt in to the MiL.k application can hope to expand their user-base by association with all of the other services which use the app. The possibility for companies to retain customers, and to increase engagement rates with their rewards programmes is also boosted through MiL.k. Any marketing drives, promotional events, and advertising by such companies would also find increased exposure.

MiL.k, like many blockchain applications, attempts to apply the utility of distributed ledger technology to areas of consumer life that are already thriving, but still have the potential to be revolutionized by blockchain tech. According to Big Four accounting and analytics firm KPMG, just 42% of US consumers engage with loyalty programmes. Just 45% of UK customers bother to engage, and that number drops to the 30% range for consumers on the European mainland. These numbers are expected to increase in the coming years.

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The Influential Exchange Where Crypto Projects List Before Elite Exchanges Court Them

The Influential Exchange Where Crypto Projects List Before Elite Exchanges Court Them

In a world full of the generic, droning and dull, we search for things that are unique, inspiring and create meaning in our lives. At the core of it all is our own quest for individuality; to find our truth. It is our individuality that enriches the collective with new ideas and expands our scope of the world around us. It takes a careful eye and a keen understanding of the world to know when something is special when compared to the rest. 

MXC is a crypto exchange that has become a muse of sorts within the crypto community. It has become the first stop for many quality crypto projects which are later picked up by even larger exchanges such as Binance, Coinbase, and KuCoin. To date, MXC has listed over 150 crypto projects of which coins like AVA, RUNE, SNX, COMP, HIVE, BAL, DOT, KSM, DMG, and SXP were listed first before making their way to a larger exchange. 

The fact that so many successful crypto projects had their start with MXC is testament to the thoughtful procurement of assets for the exchange. Being selective with the projects that the exchange decides to list is key to their strategy. With the sheer number of crypto projects out there, MXC meticulously researches and qualifies the projects it wishes to list. Core criteria that the exchange uses for listing is around the crypto’s underlying technology, project leadership, operating model, fundamentals, security, and network scalability.

With a track record for listing only the best projects, MXC is where many crypto projects turn to first in their quest for adoption. Projects that are selected to list on the exchange do not take the selection lightly. Although the implications for these projects are large, the rapport MXC has built as a stepping stone for quality projects only helps the exchange to take an even better foothold amongst its competition as it looks to achieve growth as well.

I am Marcus Henry, an American Writer and Journalist from Austin, Texas (USA). I’ve been working in the tech industry for over 12 years and focused on global developments in the crypto space for the last three. I cover breaking news, discuss new projects, interview leaders and innovators, and demo new tech. Let’s connect on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Disclaimer: The information above does not constitute investment, financial, trading or any other sort of advice and you should not treat any of my content as such. I do not recommend the purchase, sale, or holding of any cryptocurrency or other product and/or service. Nothing I write about should be deemed as an offer to purchase, sell, or hold a cryptocurrency or other product or service. Please do your own research and consult a certified financial professional before making any investment decision.

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