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Certik Cautions Against Telegram Bot Tokens Amid TON-Based Wallet Launch

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In Brief

  • Certik warns against investing in Telegram bot tokens, suggesting over 40% could potentially be exit scams.
  • The surge in popularity of Telegram bot tokens, with gains exceeding 1000%, raises concerns about authenticity.
  • Amidst this, Telegram launched a self-custodial wallet based on the TON network, aiming to give users more control.
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The debut of the Telegram self-custodial wallet on The Open Network (TON) blockchain has prompted Certik, a blockchain security firm, to issue a warning about Telegram bot tokens.

The community has eagerly awaited to see how this wallet will impact the use of Telegram bots in the industry.

Surge in Telegram Bot Token Rug Pulls

On September 13, Certik issued a cautionary message on X (formerly Twitter), advising users to exercise caution and avoid falling for the hype surrounding Telegram bot tokens due to concerns about rug pull scams.

“Our analysis reveals that more than 40% of Telegram bot tokens may potentially be exit scams.”

Telegram trading bots connect to decentralized exchanges, perform trades by a set of rules, and usually charge a small fee. Certik highlights that since July 20, these tokens have witnessed an “astronomical surge” in popularity, with gains exceeding 1000%.

Read more: Unibot: A Comprehensive Guide to the Telegram Bot

Certik attributes the surge in Telegram bot tokens to UNIBOT’s initial success. The price of UNIBOT increased by nearly 1300% on the day of its listing. This led to the current all-time high price of $90. At the time of publication, the current price is $73.

UNIBOT Price Chart 1 Month. Source: BeInCrypto
UNIBOT Price Chart 1 Month. Source: BeInCrypto

This comes amid Telegram launching a self-custodial wallet based on the TON network on September 13. The move was said to be in an effort to give users more control over their digital assets.

For projects established on the TON blockchain, Telegram’s advertising platform will offer priority access. This functionality is presently accessible in user settings, and a global release is planned for later in the year.

However, the feature won’t be available to users in the United States.

Telegram’s Previous Work With TON

Dealer DeFi, an alias used by a user on X, highlighted findings from Binance research on Telegram trading bots and emphasized the potential for a significant increase in these numbers with the wallet integration.

Telegram Bots, Binance Research. Source: DealerDeFi
Telegram Bots, Binance Research. Source: DealerDeFi

This is not the first time that Telegram has worked with TON, previously referred to as Telegram Open Network.

In May 2020, Telegram announced that it would no longer be working with TON, citing regulatory pressures.

In a separate announcement on the same day, Telegram founder Pavel Durov explained that a US court had stopped TON from emerging:

“I am writing this post to officially announce that Telegram’s active involvement with TON is over.”

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Ciaran Lyons
Ciaran is a cryptocurrency journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He particularly enjoys writing about CBDC developments and the practical implementations of cryptocurrency in real-world scenarios. He has also appeared across major television networks in Australia including Channel Ten, Channel Nine and SBS TV. Prior to his foray into cryptocurrency, Ciaran worked as a presenter on national radio station Triple J.
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