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This Chinese MLM Ponzi Is Now the Fifth-Biggest Polygon (MATIC) Holder

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • An MLM ponzi scheme has become the fifth-largest holder of Polygon.
  • The project was responsible for a large increase in gas fees on Polygon.
  • Ponzi schemes continue to plague the crypto market.
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A Chinese MLM Ponzi scheme has become the fifth largest MATIC holder. The project’s transactions have led to increased gas fees on the network.

A multilevel marketing (MLM) ponzi project is the fifth-biggest holder of the MATIC token, according to on-chain data. Both crypto security service PeckShield and individuals in the crypto community have been talking about the development.

Top Accounts by MATIC Balance (an MLM ponzi project at fifth position): PolygonScan
Top Accounts by MATIC Balance: PolygonScan

PeckShield said that the address associated with the Ponzi scheme had gathered about 22 million in MATIC, which surpassed the Binance hot wallet and would make it the fifth-largest holder. Wu Blockchain also spoke about the project, which launched in China.

One of the reasons why the project has come to the crypto community’s attention is that it has been responsible for a great deal of gas consumption. Over the past week, the address has consumed over 100,000 MATIC in gas fees. Wu Blockchain also pointed out that the number of transactions on the address went as high as 117,000, which resulted in the gas fees crossing 700 gwei.

MATIC Transactions for Avatar: PolygonScan
MATIC Transactions for Avatar: PolygonScan

There is little information about what the project does on Twitter, as it primarily operates on Chinese social media. The project, named ‘Avatar,’ apparently offers a referral staking protocol with very high rewards. Some in the crypto community have warned about the project, explaining how it offers suspicious returns.

Polygon’s Strong Start to 2023

The Polygon network and MATIC token have seen demand increase substantially in recent times. Several factors have pushed up the price of the MATIC token, now priced at around $1.21.

MATIC Price Chart by BeInCrypto
MATIC Price Chart by BeInCrypto

Among those developments is a zero knowledge-powered scaling solution. This will make Polygon much faster and more efficient, processing up to 10,000 transactions for less than $1. Such efforts have attracted the attention of investors and increased adoption levels.

Ponzi Schemes Continue to Affect Crypto Markets

Ponzi schemes appear to be heavily popular in the market at the moment, with many reported over the past few weeks. One project, called Dingo, was highlighted as a potential scam by a cybersecurity software firm. These types of projects have been around for years, and it doesn’t look like they will fade out of existence anytime soon.

Recently, authorities tracked down the creator of the infamous Squid Game scam token. Meanwhile, one of the co-founders of the OneCoin scam remains missing.

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Rahul Nambiampurath's cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014 when he stumbled upon Satoshi's Bitcoin whitepaper. With a bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA in Finance from Sikkim Manipal University, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has helped DeFi platforms like Balancer and Sidus Heroes — a web3 metaverse — as well as CEXs like Bitso (Mexico's biggest) and Overbit to reach new heights with his...
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