The price of Tether’s USDT stablecoin relative to the US dollar from June through October 2018, showing its loss of peg to the dollar on October 15.

Everybody is familiar with the Ponzi scheme: the scammer dupes investors into giving him their money, paying out early investors with incoming investments, thus presenting a veneer of respectability.

The great thing about Ponzi schemes? They really work. Investors are all happy with their returns, whether they stay in or get out.

The price of Tether’s USDT stablecoin relative to the US dollar from June through October 2018, showing its loss of peg to the dollar on October 15.

The price of Tether’s USDT stablecoin relative to the US dollar from June through October 2018, showing its loss of peg to the dollar on October 15.

Ponzi schemes work, that is, until they don’t. Eventually losses steamroll, and the Ponzi schemer is quickly out of business.

Today’s cryptocurrency world is rife with scammers to be sure, and the number of different scams is as great as the number of marks willing to fall for them.

But with the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the doldrums, a new scam is rising to the top, like bits of toilet paper in sewage: stablecoins.

How the Con Works

A stablecoin is a cryptocurrency whose value is pegged to an existing asset – potentially gold or some other commodity, but most commonly to a fiat currency like the US dollar.

The stablecoin con begins with a simple value proposition. “[Stablecoins’] main use case is to provide cryptocurrency users with the ability to convert volatile crypto positions into anti-fragile or ‘stable’ alternatives,” explains Sam Ouimet, market analyst at CoinDesk.

In other words, if Bitcoin or some other crypto is too volatile for your liking, move your crypto investment into a stablecoin. Its value will go up or down with the value of the underlying asset, but will be far more stable than the crypto you had invested in before.

Just one problem: as with any Ponzi scheme, the value of your investment is stable until the bottom falls out, and it becomes worthless. Your money, meanwhile, is in the pockets of the scammers.

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2018/11/25/bernie-madoff-move-over-stablecoins-have-you-beat/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. The author does not own, nor does he intend to own, any cryptocurrency or other cryptotokens, neither long nor short. Image credit: TradingView.

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