Forest Tiger Pro rug pulls for tokens notionally worth more than $4.5 million
- "Tiger Incident Analysis", Certik
Animoon rug pulls for $6.3 million
Not only did their roadmap include play-to-earn game (of course), collaborations with a Swiss shoe and apparel store that would send them actual gear, and real-life trips, but they promised that 15 "legendary" cards would "automatically generate" their owners $2,500 each month, for life. The project was promoted by Jake Paul, an influencer whose crypto promotions don't have a great track record to say the least.
The project team began to grow more distant after launch, posting less frequently. Promised apparel shipments never arrived. The team changed the legendary rewards from $2,500 a month to "a percentage of incomes from the game", which they said "could be a lot more than $2500 monthly" despite no game actually existing. The project team eventually disappeared, took down the Twitter account and website, and disabled the general chat in their Discord project.
Renter loses half their security deposit after landlord puts it into Bitcoin
Personally, I'm looking forward to telling my landlord that I can only pay half my rent because I lost the money I'd set aside for it in the crypto markets.
Coinbase rescinds already accepted job offers
Crypto companies are not the only tech companies that have been slowing down hiring or even laying off employees recently, though rescinding already accepted offers is extremely unusual. A would-be employee wrote on the anonymous employee message board app Blind that their offer had been rescinded, and that "this feels like a nightmare that I can't wait to wake up from". A current Coinbase employee replied, "Dodged a bullet".
Someone scrapes pre-launch NFT data to steal and launch their own goblin asses project
All my goblin asses gone.
Gemini announces layoffs of 10% of their staff, blames "crypto winter"
The announcement came on the same day that the CFTC announced a lawsuit against Gemini for allegedly making false or misleading statements.
CFTC sues Gemini over allegedly misleading statements
- "CFTC accuses Winklevoss-owned crypto exchange Gemini of misleading statements in new lawsuit", The Block
- Press release from the CFTC
- CFTC v. Gemini complaint
Someone impersonates Guardian tech editor Alex Hern to shill a cryptocurrency
After the token plummeted, Hern received an email from the developers, who spun a story about how they were just fans of his, and that it was just an unfortunate mistake that people has mistaken their usage of his name and "Guardian" to mean he was involved.
Collector sells Bored Ape for $513,000 less than they paid for it
It's not quite clear what happened, but it seems likely that it may have been a listing error. Onekiller had posted and then canceled listings for the ape several times in the past week and as recently as four hours before the sale, all between 250 and 145 ETH, suggesting that they had control of their account and made a mistake while entering the listing value.
Technologists draft an open letter to US lawmakers urging them to responsibly legislate crypto industry
The Financial Times writes, "While individuals have made similar warnings about the safety and reliability of digital assets, it marks a more organised effort to challenge the growing influence of crypto advocates who want to resist attempts to regulate the frothy sector."