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Intentionally Scammy Cryptocurrencies

The SEC's HoweyCoin Educates Investors on ICO Scams

— May 17, 2018 — Lifestyle
For people thinking about getting deeper into cryptocurrency investing, HoweyCoin might seem like a sure thing. The cryptocurrency's upcoming initial coin offering, or ICO, was announced in a tweet from the SEC, it has a team of pros, and it's been backed by celebrities. Unfortunately, any potential investors would be in for a surprise, as HoweyCoin was set up by the SEC as an example of what an ICO scam looks like.

The seeming veracity of HoweyCoin is what makes it so effective. ICO fraud is becoming increasingly common in light of the cryptocurrency boom, as scammers recognize how little many investors know about the technology behind cryptocurrencies. Scammers thus announce these ICOs, rake in "investments", and then take the money and run. HoweyCoin thus helps to educate people on the red flags, like unverified celebrity backers, untraceable founders, and a vague whitepaper.
Trend Themes
1. ICO Fraud Prevention - Increased awareness and education for cryptocurrency investors on how to identify ICO scams and fraud prevention opportunities.
2. Transparency in Cryptocurrency - Creating a more accountable and transparent cryptocurrency industry by setting up regulations and standards.
3. Sec-backed Cryptocurrencies - More government involvement in cryptocurrency regulation and use of cryptocurrency as a tool for education.
Industry Implications
1. Financial Services - Incorporating blockchain technology and providing secure platforms for investors to trade cryptocurrency and to educate customers on the risks of ICO scams.
2. Government - More involvement by government agencies in regulating and monitoring the cryptocurrency industry to protect citizens from fraudulent ICOs.
3. Education - Creating courses, workshops, and training programs to educate potential investors on how to identify potential scams in the cryptocurrency industry.
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