The thing about memecoins is that everyone seems to know they are nonsense, and yet they still get on board for the ride. When they crash, many post their losses on social media. Even that’s become a meme now (“loss-ruh”), and so people can get attention that way.
“It’s just gambling,” some would say. Well, yes. But isn’t most speculation? If you can do it in some informed way that gives you an edge over everyone else—be it detailed research or some technical method—then you have an advantage. The power of memes is something else.
But a scam is a scam, no matter how you dress it up.
Decentralized platforms like Uniswap and Pancakeswap offer many benefits, including open and free token listings, providing a much more seamless and cost-effective means to launch new projects compared to their centralized counterparts. As this process is open to everyone, unfortunately, scammers often find a new way to scam the crypto community.
Leveraging pre-existing branding and community to anticipate the actual launch, scammers trick participants into buying fake tokens. They steal the proceeds, let these victims hold worthless tokens without recourse, and then run away by selling their own tokens and revoking liquidity.
It’s always important to carry out due diligence and analysis and look out for warning signs before depositing your funds anywhere.
While not all anonymous or pseudonymous development teams should be seen as suspicious—Bitcoin being the obvious case in point—unless such teams can be backed up by more trusted sources, they should be treated with caution, as scammers are almost always anonymous or pseudonymous, and there is no means to distinguish between good and bad actors.
If the team is transparent, you should carry out relevant checks on their backgrounds to ensure their skill set, connections, and experience are valid and legitimate. You should also check that the team does not hold the highest value of tokens in circulation. If they are not transparent about this or only vague information is given, that’s another red flag.
Genuine projects should have their smart contracts and code audited by professionals to ensure there are no bugs that could cause users harm. Audits are expensive to carry out, so a lack of auditing does not mean the projects aren’t genuine. Just that, again, they should be treated with caution as you can’t distinguish between genuine projects that can’t afford the auditing and scammers who won’t pay for it.
Genuine projects with clear roadmaps are likely to be active across social media, demonstrating sufficient presence, interaction with the community and good reviews. It’s therefore well worth investigating since you’ll likely come across warning signs if there are any. Try to focus on the opinions of the grassroots community rather than influencers who may be paid to promote certain tokens
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