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An Alleged Ponzi Scheme Makes up 40% of Paxos’ Stablecoin Activity

Alleged ponzi scheme dominates Paxos transactions.

Key Takeaways

  • Paxos is the third-largest stablecoin by market cap.
  • 40% of all PAX transactions relate to a Ponzi scheme called MMM BSC.
  • Ethereum-based USDT is the most broadly used stablecoin.

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Paxos, a stablecoin with a market cap around a quarter of a billion dollars, is under siege by transactions relating to the alleged Ponzi scheme called MMM BSC.

Crypto Briefing will refrain from linking to the MMM BSC website.

MMM BSC Makes PAX the Standard

Paxos (PAX) is the 35th largest cryptocurrency by market cap and the third-largest stablecoin after Tether and USDC. 

Unfortunately, a recent report from Coin Metrics revealed that 40% of all PAX transfers relate to the MMM BSC scheme.

Paxos transactions appear retail-like at first, but upon closer inspection, the two most active accounts on Paxos are linked to a Ponzi scheme, which promises:

“Yes, it’s possible to get the monthly income of up to 40% or 50%, but this is not a high-risk investment project!”

PAX transfers involving MMM actors
Courtesy Coin Metrics, PAX transfers involving MMM actors

Those transfer figures represent an increasing number of transactions relating to the scheme, which now dominate 40% of the activity on the network.

Paxos Suffers Centralization of Use as a Result

The graph below would initially suggest Paxos is used more widely by more users than any other stablecoin. Almost half of the transactions on the Paxos network represent 80% of activity. PAX’s daily volume is over $170 million.

Percentage of accounts behind 80% of transactions
Courtesy Coin Metrics, Percentage of accounts behind 80% of transactions

In comparison, Circle’s USDC has just over 20% of accounts responsible for 80% of its network’s transactions. ERC-based Tether is far more centralized, with only 10% of accounts responsible for 80% of network activity.

Yet the following charts reveal that network activity changes dramatically after excluding the Ponzi-related transactions.  Paxos ranks low in terms of how many accounts own what percentage of supply.

In that graph, Ethereum-based Tether demonstrates much broader usage than any other stablecoin.

Number of accounts owning 80% of supply
Courtesy Coin Metrics, Number of accounts owning 80% of supply

Paxos is regularly audited and boasts instant convertibility to fiat, making it a highly trusted stablecoin. It would also appear that the project is well aware of the Ponzi scheme and has already notified its users on Twitter. 

Though an alleged Ponzi scheme is leveraging the network does not indict the Paxos project, it does paint a picture of how malicious forces can influence a project’s metrics.

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