Biggest Ponzi Scheme PlusToken Moves $105 Million Worth of Ethereum

  • Ethereum price trading at Dec. 2018 level
  • Now, PlusToken moving 789,525 Ether has the market in fear of an upcoming selling pressure
  • However, Ethereum DeFi’s user numbers rose by a whopping 529% this year

The biggest $3 billion Chinese-Ponzi scheme PlusToken might be the reason behind the 50% drop in Bitcoin price from its 2019 high of $13,900. But now, the Ponzi could put selling pressure on Ethereum as well.

Whale Alert, that tracks large crypto transactions from and to exchanges reported of 789,525 Ether worth over $105 million being referred from PlusToken to an unknown wallet.

Interestingly, the transfer of such a big amount only cost the scammers $0.18.

789,525 Ether on the Move

In late June of this year, Chinese authorities arrested a handful of leaders of this Ponzi scheme that involved stealing 800,000 ether of its customers, reported the blockchain analysis company, Chainalysis in its new report.

It pointed out that out of these 800k Ether that has been transferred by scammers at their own addresses to launder. They already cashed out at least 10,000 while 790,000 has been sitting untouched in a single Ethereum wallet for months until now.

Now, they are on the move and people are wondering the impact this kind of sell pressure will have on Ethereum’s price which is trading at $126.

ETH Price already at Dec. 2018 Level

The price has seen a slight increase after yesterday’s carnage that took us to $118 level, last seen in December 2018, the crypto winter.

The continued losses have the second-largest cryptocurrency turning its YTD gains into losses. Ether is down more than 7% in 2019 to date and 92% from its all-time high of $1,570.

ETH price down 7% YTD, Source: TradingView

Meanwhile, Ethereum Defi Users sees Growth Explosion

Recently, we also got to know that the Ethereum Foundation sold 70,000 ETH at the top. Ethereum co-founder revealed this in an interview that he urged the EF to do this. Buterin himself sold 30,000 ETH in Dec. 2017 as well.

In another news, the UK’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange Coinfloor announced its plans to delist the digital asset next month. The unclear future of hard forks has been the reason behind this decision as Ethereum’s upgrade, “could take years to complete,” said Obi Nwosu, founder and CEO of Coinfloor.

Despite all this, the original smart contract platform leads the sector. Also, its dapp ecosystem has been growing in the second half of 2019. This has been especially because of DeFi whose user numbers have risen by 529% this year. The latest report from DappRadar reads,

“The headline success was in the DeFi category, which although remaining small in terms of users, experienced spectacular growth in terms of the value of asset secured.”