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1,000x Pepe (PEPE) Investor Returns With 375x Kickback From New Altcoin

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In Brief

  • A mysterious wallet user reported 375x gains from PEPE 2.0, following a 1000x return on the original PEPE.
  • The user holds about $248,100 in assets across Ethereum, PulseChain, Arbitrum, BNB Chain, and Polygon.
  • Concerns arise as meme coins can be manipulated to enrich insiders, there are 125,772 PEPE holders currently.
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The user of an Ethereum wallet that previously earned a 1,000x return on Pepe (PEPE) recorded 375x gains from PEPE 2.0.

It is unclear how the investor is making returns, as the hype around the PEPE-related tokens has not been evident on social media recently.

PEPE Gains Are No Joke

The wallet user may be a PEPE insider or using a unique strategy to multiply PEPE 2.0 profits to 375x. They currently hold about $120,544 in PEPE 2.0 and $5,800 in PEPEC, with the remainder of their $248,100 in ERC-20 assets spread across Ethereum, PulseChain, Arbitrum, BNB Chain, and Polygon. 

The investor previously made 99 ETH from 0.1 ETH through their PEPE 1.0 investment strategy, and executed most of their early PEPE trades on decentralized exchange Uniswap V3.

The last transaction was made on Friday morning on Uniswap V2, according to Etherscan.

New Legislation Cuts Down Market Manipulation

Meme coin prices generally follow a hype cycle field by social media influencers. The coin’s creators initially listed PEPE on decentralized exchanges after its April 14 launch. The coin’s mentions on social platforms has fallen from a peak of 4,000 to 684 in the past seven days.

Lack of social media hype makes it unclear why the 1,000x investor could still making 375x gains.
Social mentions of PEPE have fallen drastically from peak | Source: LunarCrush

Within two weeks of release, the coin had amassed a market cap of $326 million, roughly 0.03% of the total crypto market cap. Binance fueled further excitement when it listed PEPE and released an investment guide.

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One investor earned 340,000x return on $27 he invested in PEPE’s initial coin offering, bagging $1 million. Another trader earned $7 million from a $260 investment in May this year.

However, meme coins can be manipulated to enrich insiders. South Korea’s Virtual Asset User Protection bill penalizes market manipulation and unfair practices. Europe’s new Markets in Crypto-Assets legislation compels influencers to disclose any compensation they receive from projects they promote.

Large holders of new tokens at their peak may not find the liquidity they need to cash out.

PEPE market cap healthy as 1000x investor cashes in.
PEPE Market Cap | source: CoinMarketCap

Presently, there are 125,772 PEPE holders, with the coin having a market cap of about $635,000,000.

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David Thomas
David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...