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Another initial offer of coins (ICO) appeared as an apparent scam after the Actor named Ryan Gosling was a graphic designer of the project.
ICO Exit Scams after Ryan Gosling's list as a graphic designer
A few days ago, @CryptoShillNye Twitter user was browsing the ICOs discovering something unusual on the website of Miroskii, a blockchain start-up that claims to have collected more than 833 $ 000 from 389 contributors. The graphic designer of the project, "Kevin Belanger," bears more than a passing resemblance to actor Ryan Gosling.
Now he is possible that Mr Belanger simply missed his call in life as a double / imitator of Ryan Gosling, but developer Claus Wahlers dug a little deeper into the Miroskii team and discovered – unsurprisingly – that members the remainder are apparently also fake.picture photos, while several have been removed directly from the public profiles of social media users.
This discovery quickly made the rounds of social media. The person or group behind Miroskii's ICO probably put the site offline, closed the project's social media accounts and seized their $ 833,000 of ill-gotten products – assuming that self-reported numbers are accurate.
Red flags abound
However, an archived version of the ICO's website reveals several other red flags that investors should have noticed.
First of all, Miroskii – who describes himself as a "bank without bankers" – asserted that "Visa, MasterCard [sic] Maestro Card, American Express [sic] and many other issuers of cards had signed to issue Miroskii brand cards Although debit cards funded by cryptocurrency exist, they are currently only offered by a few companies, and it would be illogical that a startup deals with transactions with three issuers of In addition, this statement has been used to promote several other ICO scams, including PlexCoin.
Second, the website indicated that Miroskii Coin (MRC) was "being regulated under the European Union [sic]". While it is true that the "decentralized bank" of Miroskii would have been subject to European financial institutions regulation, the project's creator clearly wanted to state that the company would receive a banking license – a highly unlikely scenario.
Third, Miroskii claimed that MRC had already been "tested, approved and accepted by most of the industry giants who have already started using the MRC in their closed B2B sector." While technically true that MRC had been accepted by all the companies that started using the piece – that is, no business – this is clearly not what the author meant. If the RCM was actually used by "industry giants", why was it not reported in the mainstream press?
Finally, the creators of the project were too lazy to write even a white paper because a link on the ICO's website merely read "coming white paper". If an ICO was really applying for a banking license, had been a pilot-tested by giants of the B2B industry, and had entered into agreements to issue branded debit cards, we imagine that the project developers would have found time to compose a white paper – or at least to plagiarize it.
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