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Third Co-Founder Of Centra Tech Charged With $25 Mln Securities Fraud

Third Co-Founder Of Centra Tech Charged With $25 Mln Securities Fraud

The third co-founder of crypto financial services

startup Centra Tech Raymond Trapani has been arrested yesterday, April 20, and charged with securities and wire fraud of more than $25 mln associated with the company’s Initial Coin Offering (ICO), according to the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) press release April 20. The two other co-founders, Sohrab Sharma and Robert Farkas, were arrested and charged of the same offenses earlier in April. Sharma, Farkas, and the now also arrested Raymond Trapani advertised the “Centra Card,” a debit card that was reportedly backed by Visa and Mastercard, which allowed users to convert crypto into fiat currencies.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reports that no partnership actually existed between Centra and the two credit card companies. According to the DOJ’s press release, after the founder of an unrelated allegedly fraudulent ICO was arrested last fall, Sharma asked Trapani and Farkas to remove all false information, “fufu,” about Centra’s deal with Visa from their website: “I rather cut any fufu . . . Now . . . Then worry . . . Anything that doesn’t exist current . . . We need to remove.”

New York Times writer Nathaniel Popper tweeted an excerpt of the SEC’s complaint against Trapani, referring to the problems the Centra Tech founders ran into by using random people’s photographs as their “team members” online. One solution to the issue of needing to remove the photos when people complained was to invent a fake car accident to kill the fake CEO and his fake wife:

In the DOJ’s press release, Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami said,

“As alleged, Raymond Trapani conspired with his co-defendants to lure investors with false claims about their product and about relationships they had with credible financial institutions.  While investing in virtual currencies is legal, lying to deceive investors is not.”

Centra Tech had been promoted by celebrities like boxer Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled. Last fall, the SEC had warned the public that celebrity endorsements of ICOs could be illegal if they don’t reveal the compensation they receive for their advertising.

Authored by
Molly Jane Zuckerman

Molly Jane Zuckerman@MollyJZuckerman
reporter
@cointelegraph

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Molly Jane is a Russian Literature major from California with a background in writing. She joins Cointelegraph after working as a freelance journalist and blogger.

Thomas Prendergast

WikiLeaks Shop Reports Suspension Of Coinbase Account Due To Terms Of Service Violation

WikiLeaks Shop Reports Suspension Of Coinbase Account Due To Terms Of Service Violation

 

 

WikiLeaks Shop, the merchandise arm of international

anonymous publishing non profit WikiLeaks, reported on Twitter Friday, April 20, that their account with crypto wallet and exchange Coinbase has been blocked. WikiLeaks Shop’s tweet contains a screen grab from an alleged email from Coinbase that states the organization violated their Terms of Service and therefore “can no longer [receive] access to [their] service.” Coinbase has not responded to a requests for comments on the specifics of WikiLeaks Shop’s violation by press time.

All proceeds of the shop go to WikiLeaks operations, and customers can pay in Bitcoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Dogecoin, Ethereum, Neo, Namecoin, Vertcoin, Monero and ZCash through Coinpayments.net. The official WikiLeaks Twitter posted a call for a “global blockade” of Coinbase in response to the block: Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Andreas M. Antonopoulos tweeted that Coinbase has “repeated history,” as Bitcoin has played an important role for WikiLeaks from the time when the non profit was legally unable to use traditional banking systems:

Last fall, WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange publicly thanked the US government on Twitter for forcing the organization to rely on Bitcoin due to the banking embargo, giving WikiLeaks a 50,000 percent return. Assange also urged WikiLeaks donors to use cryptocurrencies for their donations as a way to avoid this financial blockade. The WikiLeaks website accepts Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, and ZCash for donations.

Antonopoulos added in a comment to his tweet that this embargo by Coinbase is unlike the first in that it is “purely symbolic,” as there are other crypto wallets out there, but that the “symbolism is a pretty poignant reminder of what centralization and banking regulations mean.”

Author
Molly Jane Zuckerman

Molly Jane Zuckerman@MollyJZuckerman
reporter
@cointelegraph

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Molly Jane is a Russian Literature major from California with a background in writing. She joins Cointelegraph after working as a freelance journalist and blogger.

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IMF’s Lagarde Counters Crypto Warnings With New Praise Of ‘Potential Benefits’

IMF’s Lagarde Counters Crypto Warnings With New Praise Of ‘Potential Benefits’

 

 

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde

was buoyant about cryptocurrency in a blog post in support of the technology, published Monday, April 16. The post, which comes roughly one month after Lagarde cautioned against the “dark side” of cryptocurrency, sees the IMF leader focus on what she describes as the “potential benefits” of “crypto-assets such as Bitcoin.” “A judicious look at crypto-assets should lead us to neither crypto-condemnation nor crypto-euphoria,” she writes. While continuing her narrative about the need to reign in illicit activity involving crypto, which she had voiced during January’s World Economic Forum 2018 and since, Lagarde nonetheless reiterates the need for an “even-handed approach”

going forward:

“Understanding the risks that crypto-assets may pose to financial stability is vital if we are to distinguish between real threats and needless fears. That is why we need an even-handed regulatory agenda, one that protects against risks without discouraging innovation.”

She continued, “A clear-eyed approach can help us harness the gains and avoid the pitfalls of the new crypto-assets landscape.” Lagarde’s call for a balanced outlook on cryptocurrency comes at a time of increasing regulatory involvement in the industry, while traditional financiers continue to call Bitcoin a ‘bubble’ and pundits spy the start of a market surge.

Author – William Suberg
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William Suberg got into Bitcoin while completing his Masters degree and hasn't looked back since, writing about anything crypto-related which makes him sit up and pay attention. He started working with Cointelegraph in October 2013.

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The Craigslist of Crypto Is Making Millions Where Bitcoin Is Needed Most

$27 million.

That's how much revenue LocalBitcoins is now generating annually off a business that started back in 2011, all with an investment of just a few thousand dollars. One of the longest-running and most controversial bitcoin companiess, the decidedly low-fi website now has roughly 20 employees worldwide and 4 million registered accounts.

And reflecting the global tide, 40 percent of those users have signed up in the last six months. All that is according to Nikolaus Kangas, the CEO of the company, who started the venture with his brother Jeremias at a time when there weren't many options outside meeting up face-to-face to trade bitcoin. But the online portal continues to thrive even as the landscape of polished VC-backed exchanges (and even bleeding-edge decentralized alternatives) matures.

Sure, the peer-to-peer marketplace accounts for only a sliver of worldwide bitcoin trading – last week, it handled $62 million in trades, according to Coin.Dance estimates. This may be less than a top-20 exchange does in a day, but the service is gaining traction in markets that are generally overlooked by mainstream providers. "We are the most global platform out there," Kangas said. "Our goal is to improve the global trade possibilities, to serve people who have limited access to financial services." And, it turns out, even though LocalBitcoins tends to be more expensive (since sellers set their own prices), the company is much needed.

Indeed, Coin.Dance shows that Venezuelan transactions spiked to a new all-time high this month, as did usage in Tanzania and Peru – all countries that are struggling to recover from banking industry slumps. During the peak week of April 14, LocalBitcoins' trading volume in these three nations combined was worth roughly $55 million – more than six times the value of U.S. trading on LocalBitcoins in the same week.

And when the Bank of Montreal restricted customers from making cryptocurrency purchases, LocalBitcoins activity in Canada spiked. It's these instances that make LocalBitcoins so valuable, even in an environment where growing awareness of institutional traders and their high-value swaps (average transactions on LocalBitcoins are just $450) are stealing the limelight.

And that's paid off. The peer-to-peer exchange, which charges a 1 percent transaction fee, took in more than €22 million (roughly $27.2 million) of revenues in 2017, more than triple the amount from 2016, according to Kangas. Despite the market dip since December, when bitcoin's price peaked at $19,783, he said trading volume has continued to grow.

Nikolaus told CoinDesk:

"If you compare us to those big altcoin exchanges that were making $100 million per day or something like that last fall, we are kind of a small player. But I think we are solving a basic problem of how to buy or sell bitcoin for fiat currency."

Not always easy

And that basic problem was even more apparent in 2011 when the brothers first started in on the idea. Nikolas, a Finnish programmer, was fascinated by bitcoin – a new stateless currency meant to take power away from the banks, and maybe even governments. But every website he went to that provided services for Finnish buyers was awful in that they were hard to use. The Kangas brothers wanted to change that.

So having saved up a year's worth of living expenses and with a few thousand dollars to spend on server fees, the brothers launched LocalBitcoins. Yet, the journey for LocalBitcoins hasn't always been easy. The company has tested several products over the years, including a merchant billing service in 2014, but none of those gained traction like its bread and butter – P2P exchange.

On top of that, LocalBitcoins was the platform in the middle of more than half a dozen criminal cases associated with LocalBitcoins traders. For instance, last year, the U.S. Department of Justice sentenced a father-son duo of LocalBitcoins users, Michael and Randall Lord, to several years in prison for operating an unlicensed money transmission business. And Reddit is full of testimonies about scammers and hackers exploiting inexperienced LocalBitcoins' users. Nikolaus said the team is very concerned about criminal activity on the site and cooperates with authorities to investigate any crimes that use the platform.

Yet, just like Craigslist horror stories haven't stopped people from using the internet marketplace, instances like these connected to LocalBitcoins haven't slowed the platform's usage. In fact, the $27.2 million in revenue LocalBitcoins took in last year was more than triple its profits from 2016. Even with bitcoin's recent price dip (after December highs close to $20,000 a coin), Nikolaus said trading volume continues to grow.

Compliance for a non-bank

That said, Nikolaus remains steadfast in its interest in staying on the right side of the law. "We want to follow all the current regulations and laws, but right now it is quite unclear," he said. What is clear, though, is that at least in the U.S. the company has to report certain transactions as suspicious. This includes transactions over $10,000 and any transactions set up obviously to circumvent that limit.

Everything else – complying with local regulations – is up to the buyer and seller. In this way, LocalBitcoins has set itself up to be only a technology provider and not a complicit party to any unlawful actions users of its technology might participate in. This outsourcing of compliance responsibility is one of the reasons the company has been able to stay afloat, even in the face of competition from well-funded startups.

Because LocalBitcoins facilitates generally trades of smaller amounts, they rarely attract scrutiny. For instance, when the Investor Protection Bureau of the New York Attorney General's Office sent an inquiry letter this month to more than a dozen cryptocurrency exchanges, including Coinbase, Kraken, and Gemini – exchanges that function more like banks — P2P platforms like LocalBitcoins were notably absent from the dragnet.

It seems it helps to be local.

For example, Iranian blockchain researcher Ziya Sadr in Tehran routinely uses LocalBitcoins to sell cryptocurrency. Since sanctions keep Iranian banking customers from accessing foreign markets, he told CoinDesk, Iranian traders use LocalBitcoins to find local sellers who accept wire transfers from Iranian banks.

As mentioned before, it's these kinds of markets, which are cut off from the rest of the world, that need P2P crypto exchanges like LocalBitcoins. Roman Snitko, CTO of a new P2P exchange called Hodl Hodl, noticed a similar trend on his platform. Russians, who lack centralized exchange options, were some of the first users to flock to Hodl Hodl.

Speaking to this need, then, Snitko told CoinDesk:

"In countries without centralized exchanges, I think P2P trading will play a significant role."

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Written by – Leigh Cuenleigh@coindesk.com

Leigh Cuen is a tech reporter covering blockchain technology for publications such as Newsweek Japan, International Business Times and Racked. Her work has also been published by Teen Vogue, Al Jazeera English, The Jerusalem Post, Mic, and Salon. Leigh does not hold value in any digital currency projects or startups. Her small cryptocurrency holdings are worth less than a pair of leather boots.

Thomas Prendergast

A new startup is disrupting the piggy bank with a cryptocurrency wallet for kids

She is a Ten-year veteran of the New York Times, where she covered finance and then schools (the logic made sense to us). Prior to that a short stint at the New York Post, and a long one at Institutional Investor magazine. A Graduate of Colorado College ('94) and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs ('99). Lived in Mexico and Argentine for a bit, loved it. She is a Wife, mom and athlete who loves children's books, grown-up books and wishes her knees and back were that of a 20-year-old.

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Token Airdrops Are Taking Off Despite Legal Concerns

Token Airdrops Are Taking Off Despite Legal Concerns

They say you get nothing for free in this life, but tokenized projects running airdrops would beg to differ. You can now get a whole lotta crypto assets for free – hundreds of them in fact – simply for signing up and following some social channels. What started as a novelty has become the norm, with a vast number of ICOs now earmarking a portion of their tokens for free distribution. Questions remain though about the legal status of airdropped tokens in an age where anything related to crypto risks being labeled a security.

Airdrops Are the New Faucets

In bitcoin’s earliest days, faucets were used to distribute the cryptocurrency. Fractions of a bitcoin were given away on tap, back when BTC was cheap enough to send in small amounts and bits were worth buttons. Anyone who claimed those free morsels back in the day and held onto them will have eventually came into possession of some extremely valuable cryptocurrency. Today, airdrops are the faucets of the token economy. These freely dispensed tokens aren’t worth much – if anything – but there’s a small chance that one day they might be worth something.

At the Crypto Investor show in London last weekend, glossy flyers promoted an after-party with “free drinks + airdrop”. Come for the prosecco, stay for the tokenized revolution. Such is the prevalence of airdrops that an entire cottage industry has sprung up to promote them and inform crypto holders of the latest ones worth catching. Prominent Twitter traders compete to top the referral leaderboard for airdrops, whereupon they will be rewarded with yet more tokens. Everyone’s clamoring for free tokens right now, even though no one’s sure whether they’ll ever have any utility or market value.

 

Get Your Airdrops While They’re Hot

For new entrants to the cryptocurrency scene, airdrops provide a way to get some points on the board or rather some tokens in the portfolio. The very act of claiming them is enough to teach beginners the basics of wallet use and receiving crypto. The problems these projects purport to solve also provides a primer on the weird and wonderful world of crypto. Such is the prevalence of airdrops, they now have a dedicated Bitcointalk forum thread, dedicated Telegram groups and, in Airdropalert, a website that promises you need “never miss a free crypto airdrop again!”

Most of the tokens awarded are ERC20s, though other blockchains have also caught on; NEO for example recently distributed ONT via an airdrop. Just like an ICO tracker, Airdropalert filters offers based on upcoming/active/past. Tokens currently up for grabs include Boutspro, Yee, Sofin, and Aelf. Giving away tokens is easy in the early stages of a project when they’re literally worth nothing. The trick is getting the airdrop community to start using these tokens on the platforms they were designed for. If that occurs, and the project reaches critical mass, the tokens should rise in value, and then everyone will be a winner. Or so the theory goes.

Article By:


Kai Sedgwick
https://news.bitcoin.com/author/kaisedgwick
https://twitter.com/bitcoin101
Kai's been playing with words for a living since 2009 and bought his first bitcoin at $19. It's long gone. He's previously written white papers for blockchain startups and is especially interested in P2P exchanges and DNMs.

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Use AirDrop to send content from your Mac

Use AirDrop to send content from your Mac

With AirDrop, you can wirelessly send photos, videos, websites, locations, and more to a nearby iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

What you need

Make sure that both devices can use AirDrop:

  • On Mac computers, choose Go from the menu bar in the Finder. If the Go menu includes AirDrop, that Mac can use AirDrop.
  • On iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. If AirDrop is in Control Center, that iOS device can use AirDrop.

Turn on and set up AirDrop

On Mac computers:

  1. Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder. An AirDrop window opens. If Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is turned off, you'll see a button to turn it on. AirDrop turns on automatically when Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are on. 
  2. To receive files from everyone instead of only those in your Contacts app, you can use the “Allow me to be discovered by” setting at the bottom of the AirDrop window.

On iOS devices:

  1. Open Control Center.
  2. Tap AirDrop, then choose whether to receive items from everyone or only from people in your Contacts app. Learn more.

Send items

  1. Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder. Or select AirDrop in the sidebar of a Finder window. 
  2. The AirDrop window shows nearby AirDrop users. Drag one or more items to the recipient's image in the window, then click Send.

Or use the Share feature:

  1. Click Share Share button, if available in your app. Or Control-click an item in the Finder, then choose Share from the shortcut menu.
  2. The Share menu lists several sharing options. Choose AirDrop.
  3. Select a recipient from the AirDrop sheet, then click Done.

If you don't see the recipient in the AirDrop window or sheet, read the tips for sending items.

Receive items

If the recipient is signed in to your iCloud account, the item you're sending is automatically accepted and saved. Otherwise, the recipient is asked to accept the item before it's saved to their device.

  • On a Mac, the item is saved to the Downloads folder.
  • On an iOS device, the item appears in the appropriate app. For example, photos appear in the Photos app and websites appear in Safari.

Tips for sending items

If you don't see the recipient in the AirDrop window or sheet:

  • Make sure that both devices have AirDrop turned on and are within 30 feet (9 meters) of each other.
  • If you're sending to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
    • Your Mac needs to be a 2012 or newer model with OS X Yosemite or later.
    • The iOS device must be using iOS 7 or later and have Personal Hotspot turned off in Settings > Cellular. 
  • If you're sending to a Mac:
    • If the receiving Mac is using OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, or Lion, it needs to have an AirDrop window open: choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder. 
    • If the receiving Mac is a 2012 or older model, click “Don't see who you're looking for?” in the AirDrop window or sharing sheet of the sending Mac. Then click “Search for an Older Mac.” 
    • Find out if the Mac has “Block all incoming connections” turned on in Security & Privacy preferences. A Mac won't receive items using AirDrop if this setting is turned on.
  • If AirDrop on the receiving device is set up to receive items from contacts only, make sure that both devices are signed in to iCloud. Also make sure that the email address or phone number associated with your Apple ID is in the Contacts app of the receiving device.

AirDrop system requirements

To send items to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or to receive items from those devices, you need a 2012 or later Mac model with OS X Yosemite or later, excluding the Mac Pro (Mid 2012).

To send items to another Mac, you need:

  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008) or later, excluding the MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010) or later
  • MacBook (Late 2008) or later, excluding the white MacBook (Late 2008)
  • iMac (Early 2009) or later
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2010) or later
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)

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Make $9K to $2M in Bitcoin in 1 year. No Investment

Make $9000 to $2M in Bitcoin a year with no investment

 

 

LEARN ABOUT CRYPTO FAUCETS

From wikipedia:   “Faucets are a great way to help introduce new people to bitcoin, or to altcoins. A majority of faucets provide information to new users as well as offering them some free coins so that they can ‘try before they buy’, experimenting with a test transaction or two before putting real money on the line. Since this whole experience is so new and a bit complicated to people, who perhaps don’t quite trust it with their hard money, this is a beneficial way to promote digital currency and bring in new users.”

How much can you make on Coinpot in one year? 
It’s a fair question. People want to know how much they can make before investing the time. I understand.

The answer is, it depends. There’s a wide range. Based on my model you can make as little as $900 or as much as $2 million in 1 year. It depends on a variety of factors including the original claim amount, the number of times you claim a day, the number of referrals you have, the number of times your referrals claim a day, loyalty days and a number of other factors, not to mention the price of crypto.

I had to create a calculator to figure it all out. Within the calculator, I’ve created scenarios that help to understand how the different factors above can impact your daily claim amount. These scenarios are labeled min, mid and max. The min scenario represents the person who puts forth the least amount of effort. The max scenario models out the power user with the highest amount of activity. The mid scenario is somewhere in between.

Here’s a quick slide to help explain each scenario:

In other words, Min activity is just mailing it in with one click a day. Mid activity is someone with 100 referrals making between 25 and 48 claims a day, and Max activity is someone who’s maxing out every claim. I like to the think of Min as a lower limit, Max as an upper limit and Mid as an average.

Next, I annualized the daily claim amount from each faucet calculator under each scenario, made a forecast of cryptocurrencies one year from today and these are the results.

The Results

The first set of results provides an estimate of how much you can make if crypto prices remain the same as they are today.

As you can see from the boxes highlighted in yellow, the minimum amount you can make is around $900, the middle point is around $10K and the max is almost $70K.

So, another way to interpret the results is:

  • If you’re just mailing it in with 1 claim a day for the rest of the year and have no referrals, you can make $900, providing prices remain the same.
  • If you make 24–48 claims per day with 100 referrals doing the same thing, you can make $10K, providing prices remain the same.
  • If you make max claims per day (58–288) with 500 referrals doing the same thing, you can make $70K, providing prices remain the same.

The thing about crypto is that the price does not stay the same. As much as I like free money, I wouldn’t be advising you to do this for $900 a year — though that’s nothing to sneeze at, especially if it’s free. Early investors of Bitcoin paid just $.06 for a Bitcoin. A $100 investment seven years ago would be worth $28 million today. It is highly unlikely that crypto prices in one year will be what they are today.

What if crypto prices grew 30% on average? The following chart shows what happens to the value of your crypto holdings if crypto prices at the end of 2018 are 30% higher than they are today.

  • If you’re just mailing it in with 1 claim a day for the rest of the year and have no referrals, you can make $1,100, with a 30% increase in prices.
  • If you make 24–48 claims per day with 100 referrals doing the same thing, you can make ~$13K, with a 30% increase in prices.
  • If you make max claims per day (58–288) with 500 referrals doing the same thing, you can make ~$90K, with a 30% increase in prices.

This is amazing, but again, I wouldn’t be telling you to do this for $1,100. The reason people are interested in cryptos, the reason why people are taking out a mortgage on their home (DO NOT DO THAT) to invest in cryptocurrency is that of the exponential growth rates. Bitcoin, Dash, Litecoin and Dogecoin all grew by 1326%, 5935%, 5215% and 3916%, respectively, over the last year (Bitcoin Cash just started in late July/early Aug.).

This chart shows a more likely scenarion with a 500% growth rate (but experts all agree that a 1000% – 1400% rate is more likely)

This is amazing growth and there’s a chance it won’t ever happen again, but cryptos have been on a growth trend for the past five years so I don’t think last year was a fluke. Here’s a chart showing the pace of growth in the crypto market over the last 4 years.

As you can see, market capitalization grew from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $221 billion in 2017. 2014 was a bad year, but all other years saw phenomenal gains. Now that the word is out about the value of cryptos, I believe the growth trend will continue to grow exponentially.

So what if the cryptos in your Coinpot portfolio grow at the same level they grew at last year in 2018? These are the results:

  • If you’re just mailing it in with 1 claim a day for the rest of the year and have no referrals, you can make $13K if prices grow the same rate as they did last year.
  • If you make 24–48 claims per day with 100 referrals doing the same thing, you can make ~$240K if prices grow the same rate as they did last year.
  • If you make max claims per day (58–288) with 500 referrals doing the same thing, you can make ~$2 million if prices grow the same rate as they did last year. Note: there is no max on referrals so this could be higher.

Cryptos may not be able to keep up the bull run they had last year, but if they do it means you could be sitting on a nice portfolio of crypto by the end of the year without spending a dime.

Cliff High: “Bitcoin can reach $100,000 in 2018”

Cliff High’s web bots are predicting bitcoin to reach $64.000 in the first half of 2018 and probably going higher than that to even $100.000.

At this point this prediction might sound a little crazy to you… if you think about his last prediction, it isn’t that weird at all!

Last year when Bitcoin was around $800 he predicted Bitcoin would hit $13.880 in February 2018 according to the data sets. He still believes that this is going to be true. He said that this would be the price by February 2018, even when he knew it would go higher than that. And it did. It almost hit $20.000.

The $13.800 price is a new base to steady take off again and rise! The $64.000 is the new base to take off to a new ATH in 2018. Before we go past 64, we will get a pull back into the mid 40’s.

So the future does look bright for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general. Other big coins like Litecoin, Dash, Monero, Ethereum, and so on will keep going up along with Bitcoin.

Here’s a quick overview slide of all three price scenarios.

No matter what the scenario, in terms of activity level or price, Coinpot is a great way to invest in cryptocurrency without incurring any risk. It’s also great for people that are new to the cryptocurrency world. You don’t have to buy anything or set anything up. It’s all been done for you and it’s all freeAll you need is a computer and an email address. To be clear, not all faucets are like Coinpot, so be careful. The reason I chose Coinpot for this experiment is due to its ease of use and credibility. I’m currently working on a few others and will send out a post when that happens.

How To Sign Up For & Maximize Coinpot Faucets

So now that you see the potential, these are the steps to sign up and get started:

Step 1: Sign up for a Coinpot MicroWallet (https://coinpot.co/)This is a where each faucet will send your “claim”. When you reach your withdrawal minimum, you will want to move your cryptocurrency from your software wallet (CoinPot) to another wallet.

Step 2: Sign up with each of the following faucets. Each one of these faucets are already connected to your Coinpot MicroWallet. As long as you sign up with the same email address you used to sign up for your Coinpot, they are automatically connected. Play around with each faucet a bit to get a feel for how this works. Please use my referral codes to sign up for the faucet.

Moon Bitcoin

Moon Dogecoin

Moon Litecoin

Moon BitcoinCash

MoonDash

Bit Fun

Bonus Bitcoin

Step 3: Optimize your claim amount on each faucet. I’ve modeled out the performance of each faucet.

Each faucet has its own incentive structure. In general, there are two different structures. Your goal is to maximize the claim by paying attention to rewards:

Moon Bitcoin

This is a unique faucet. It pays out in Bitcoin. It is the only incentive structure with 5 different bonus categories. Each bonus category gives you the ability to double your claim amount. It also pays at 50% for referrals. This makes Moon Bitcoin one of the best opportunities in the Coinpot faucet network. In addition to referrals, Moon Bitcoin also rewards the following:

1) Loyalty bonus — Action: make a claim at least once a day. This is the easiest bonus. All you have to do is make a claim every day and you get a bonus. If you miss a day, it resets back to 1 and you have to walk up to 100% again.

2) Referral bonus — Action: refer at least 100 people to take full advantage of the referral bonus.

In addition to getting 50% of your referral’s claims, you also get a 1% bonus for every person you sign up — up to 100%. This bonus has a ceiling of 100 people, but your referral commission does not.

3) Offer Bonus — Action: do 10 offers to take full advantage of the 100% claim bonus. This bonus has a ceiling of 10 offers.

4) Mystery Bonus — Do nothing and earn this bonus.

5) Mining Bonus — Mine on your computer for a 100% bonus depending on your hash rate. This is new.

There’s one other thing that is absolutely critical in your claim amount. This is true for all 6 faucets — the number of times you claim can drastically increase your daily claim amount. For example, based on the current claim rate which is published on the Moon Bitcoin site, if you claim every 5 minutes for 4 weeks you get 16,128 satoshis (assuming no referrals or bonus opportunities). However, if you claim every 4 weeks you get 111 satoshis.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim every 25 minutes or so. This is the max out time, not 5 minutes. This may change, but current claim rates show that there is no benefit to claiming at smaller time intervals. You don’t start to make less satoshi until you wait for 30 minutes or more. So you can claim more often, but you won’t make any more than if you claim every 25 minutes (I say 25 because you don’t want to wait until the last minute). This makes MoonBitcoin one of the easier Moon faucets to reach maximum claims on. If you can’t claim every 25 min, at least claim once a day for the loyalty bonus. You want to refer at least 100 people to take advantage of the 50% referral commission and max out on the 1% per referral bonus. You want to do 10 offers to take advantage of the offer bonus. You can also get a bonus for mining on your computer. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

Moon Dogecoin

Moon Dogecoin is like Moon Bitcoin, but pays out in Dogecoin. All the Moon faucets have the same basic structure, but not as many bonus options.

1) Loyalty bonus — Action: make a claim at least once a day. This is the easiest bonus. All you have to do is make a claim every day and you get a bonus. If you miss a day, it resets back to 1 and you have to walk up to 100% again.

2) Referral bonus — Action: refer at least 100 people to take full advantage of the referral bonus. In addition to getting 25% (not 50% like Moon Bitcoin) of your referral’s claims, you also get a 1% bonus for every person you sign up — up to 100%. This bonus has a ceiling of 100 people, but your referral commission does not.

3) Mystery Bonus — Do nothing and earn this bonus.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim every 25 minutes or so. This is the max out time, not 5 minutes. This may change, but current claim rates show that there is no benefit to claiming at smaller time intervals. You don’t start to make less dogecoin until you wait for 30 minutes or more. So you can claim more often, but you won’t make any more than if you claim every 25 minutes. I say 25 because you don’t want to wait until the last minute. If you can’t claim every 25 min, at least claim once a day for the loyalty bonus. This makes MoonDoge one of the easier Moon faucets to reach maximum claims on. You want to refer at least 100 people to take advantage of the 25% referral commission and max out on the 1% per referral bonus. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

Moon Litecoin

Moon Litecoin is the same as Moon Dash (see below), but it pays out in Litecoin. Though it has a similar bonus structure to MoonDoge and MoonBitcoin, it requires more claims to max out.

1) Loyalty bonus — Action: make a claim at least once a day. This is the easiest bonus. All you have to do is make a claim every day and you get a bonus. If you miss a day, it resets back to 1 and you have to walk up to 100% again.

2) Referral bonus — Action: refer at least 100 people to take full advantage of the referral bonus. In addition to getting 25% (not 50% like Moon Bitcoin) of your referral’s claims, you also get a 1% bonus for every person you sign up — up to 100%. This bonus has a ceiling of 100 people, but your referral commission does not.

3) Mystery Bonus — Do nothing and earn this bonus.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim at least once a day for the loyalty bonus. To maximize this claim you need to claim every 5 minutes or 288 claims per day which is the highest of any faucet except Moon Dash. This makes MoonLitecoin and MoonDash slightly harder than the other Moon faucets, but not by much. You want to refer at least 100 people to take advantage of the 25% referral commission and max out on the 1% per referral bonus. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

MoonCash

Newest faucet. The bonus structure is the same as MoonDoge and MoonLitecoin, but pays out in Bitcoin Cash. You can optimize your daily claims by doing the following:

1) Loyalty bonus — Action: make a claim at least once a day. This is the easiest bonus. All you have to do is make a claim every day and you get a bonus. If you miss a day, it resets back to 1 and you have to walk up to 100% again.

2) Referral bonus — Action: refer at least 100 people to take full advantage of the referral bonus. In addition to getting 25% (not 50% like Moon Bitcoin) of your referral’s claims, you also get a 1% bonus for every person you sign up — up to 100%. This bonus has a ceiling of 100 people, but your referral commission does not.

3) Mystery Bonus — Do nothing and earn this bonus.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim every 25 minutes or so. This is the max out time, not 5 minutes. This may change, but current claim rates show that there is no benefit to claiming at smaller time intervals. You don’t start to make less satoshi until you wait for 30 minutes or more. So you can claim more often, but you won’t make any more than if you claim every 25 minutes. I say 25 because you don’t want to wait until the last minute. If you can’t claim every 25 min, at least claim once a day for the loyalty bonus. This makes MoonCash one of the easier Moon faucets to reach maximum claims on. You want to refer at least 100 people to take advantage of the 25% referral commission and max out on the 1% per referral bonus. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

MoonDash

MoonDash is the same as MoonLitecoin, but it pays out in Dash.

1) Loyalty bonus — Action: make a claim at least once a day. This is the easiest bonus. All you have to do is make a claim every day and you get a bonus. If you miss a day, it resets back to 1 and you have to walk up to 100% again.

2) Referral bonus — Action: refer at least 100 people to take full advantage of the referral bonus. In addition to getting 25% (not 50% like Moon Bitcoin) of your referral’s claims, you also get a 1% bonus for every person you sign up — up to 100%. This bonus has a ceiling of 100 people, but your referral commission does not.

3) Mystery Bonus — Do nothing and earn this bonus.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim as often as you can, at least once a day for the loyalty bonus. To maximize this claim you need to claim every 5 minutes or 288 claims per day which is the highest of any faucet except Moon Dash. This makes MoonLitecoin and MoonDash slightly harder than the other two faucets. You want to refer at least 100 people to take advantage of the 25% referral commission and max out on the 1% per referral bonus. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

Bit Fun

Bitfun is slightly different. It pays out in Bitcoin at a higher rate than MoonBitcoin and has no limitations on claim time. You can also play games and do offers. Playing games does not increase faucet amount rate, however.

Referral bonus — Action: refer as many people as possible to take advantage of the 50% commission.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim around 4hrs, but there is no loyalty bonus. You want to refer as many people as you can to take advantage of the 50% referral commission. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

Bonus Bitcoin

Bonus Bitcoin pays out in Bitcoin. The amount you can claim varies, but you can get a bonus of 5% on all your claims and referrals for the past 3 days as long as you make a claim every day. You can only make a claim every 15 minutes.

Referral bonus — Action: refer as many people as possible to take advantage of the 50% commission.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim as often as you can every 15 min. You want to refer as many people as you can to take advantage of the 50% referral commission and the 72 hr loyalty bonus. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

STEP 4: FINAL STEP

Take what I’ve written here and make it your own. You have full license to plagiarize all you want. First, replace my referral codes with your own referral codes (please let me know if you need help finding your codes). Send it out to your friends and family. Set up a seminar at your community center or library. Send it out on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. If you do add additional faucets to your list, be sure to vet them out for your base.

You can look up the price of any cryptocurrency on  https://coinmarketcap.com/.

Final thoughts: Crypto is For Everyone

The world of investments is largely cut off from people that don’t have the means, but crypto isn’t. I have family and friends on both sides of the wealth spectrum and this is a great way for both to accumulate coins. Those that have money, but are worried about Bitcoin’s viability, can use faucets as a no risk way to still participate in the crypto boom. Those that don’t have the money can also use this as a way to participate.

Translation: If you don’t have $1 million (or even $10,000), Coinpot is a great way to build a diversified portfolio of high potential crypto. It is a portfolio strategy in and of itself.

Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Dash and Dogecoin represent a good cross-section of cryptos available on the market today. The only one that’s missing is Ethereum and I’m looking for a good Ethereum faucet to recommend now.

I will also warn that the learning curve for crypto is steep, but you don’t have to know any of that for Coinpot. Coinpot is a wallet and the faucets it supports are already set up to deposit directly into your Coinpot wallet — real time. It couldn’t be any easier.

Update

As a corollary, I wanted to follow up with a very important piece of the crypto puzzle — security. You need to keep your crypto safe — it’s not safe in Coinpot once you make more than the threshold limits.

The threshold limit varies for each coin. According to the website, “Withdrawal requests are processed and paid directly to your wallet within 48 hours.” In my experience, it’s much faster.

These are the current withdrawal threshold limits which can be found on Coinpot when you click on “Withdraw”:

 

Bitcoin — 10,000 satoshi (.00010000)

Bitcoin Cash — 10,000 satoshi (.00010000)

Litecoin — 200,000 latoshi (.00200000)

Dash — 20,000 duffs (.00020000)

Dogecoin — 50 dogecoin — side note: you can only withdraw dogecoin to a dogecoin wallet (for free). Then you can transfer to your main wallet.

 

Once you reach the threshold, you should withdraw your coin to a safe wallet.

I have made a comprehensive list of wallets, (as well as exchanges, additional verified faucets, and other sources to make this venture safe, quick and well organized).

http://www.markethive.net/faucet/

Once you decide on one of these wallets, you need to follow that wallet’s instructions for receiving or depositing funds. These instructions are very important — do not skip this part.

Your new wallet will give you an address in order to deposit funds. Each address is specific to a certain coin. In other words, you have a different address for each coin. Copy the address and put it in the “withdrawal box” in Coinpot. You want to copy your address and put it in the box.

You’re not done yet. Once you make this request, Coinpot will send you a verification email to confirm your request as an extra layer of security. If you don’t click the link, the withdrawal will not occur.

The upgrade to the list of faucets:

On the same link above you will also see a well-organized and researched list of faucets. They are sorted by time to complete and have a built in timer so as to make managing this a lot easier.

The Coinpot faucets are identified in a Sky Blue as the illustration reveals.

We have frequent live workshops on this. They are listed on our Markethive calendar in the back office and also open to the public at http://aboutco.in

Thomas Prendergast
Founder
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Bitcoin Myths Exposed! | Erik Voorhees and Stefan Molyneux

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Bitcoin has several persistent myths about it that just refuse to die. Stefan Molyneux and Erik Voorhees dispel the myths and talk about the reality of the predominant cryptocurrency.

Erik Voorhees is the co-founder of Coinapult, worked as Director of Marketing at BitInstant, and was founder and partial owner of the Bitcoin gambling website SatoshiDice.

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