Blockchain Startup Prodeum Strangest 'Exit ' For A Scam Ever
The startup Prodeum that wanted to link fruit and vegetables to a blockchain has disappeared during the ICO with the money from its investors. But nothing is what it seems around this extremely strange exit scam.
Since this morning there are wild stories about Prodeum, and that is / was a 'company' that wanted to arrange fruit and vegetables tracking via a blockchain (see the Google cache of the website).
But last night the company's website suddenly disappeared and the homepage was replaced by a completely white page with only one word: 'Penis':
The Prodeum page this morning
This of course looks like a middle finger towards the investors in Prodeum. It also seems a reaction to the observation of some Redditors that Prodeum did not seem to be entirely what the company itself said it was. So the photos of the founders were fake.
Investors could of course already have a suspicion, because Prodeum apparently paid people to write their name on their bodies, and that they put it on their Twitter channel for marketing. The substantive nature of this is of course questionable:
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Anyway, all terrible and shitty. But not entirely surprising in the ICO world, which is completely unregulated and offers plenty of space for cowboys and cyber criminals. There are now stories about the fact that the company with the tokensale, which is only a few days old, would have collected 'millions', and that the unknown founders have now disappeared with the money.
But not everything is what it seems. Because the tokensale took place via this Ethereum address, which we have found on the still-Google-cachete page. Well: if you look at the statistics for a moment, you see that the address has been emptied, but millions are not yet available. The transaction history shows that barely 5 ether has been deposited, € 5,000. Is all along. It was probably the makers after the announcement that their profiles were fake too hot under the feet and they have the whole thing up.
Meanwhile, the penis page has also been replaced, the prodeum.io page now refers to a popular cryptotwitter account. Hacked website? Unclear. Nevertheless, it certainly does look like this is an exit scam, which also comes down to the exit scam of Benebit.
But let this be a good lesson for money-hungry investors; do your research. That is more important than ever before in the crypto world.
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An investment can always disappoint, just like with regular companies. You are in the highest risk category with ico's, there is always the chance of a total loss.
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