As cryptocurrency madness rages on, people have a divided opinion on whether to invest in it or avoid it. Now Bill Harris has once again raised his voice to inform people that it is vital to stay careful when investing in cryptocurrency.
“I am tired of saying be careful, it’s speculative. Then, be careful, it’s gambling. Then, be careful, it’s a bubble. Okay, I’ll say it: Bitcoin is a scam,” Harris was reported by technology website Recode as saying.
“In a pump-and-dump game, promoters pump up the price of a security creating a speculative frenzy, and then dump some of their holdings at artificially high prices. And some cryptocurrencies are pure frauds. Ernst & Young estimates that 10 percent of the money raised for initial coin offerings has been stolen,” the former CEO said.
According to Harris, the people who are at the losing end of this gambling game are “ill-informed buyers caught up in the spiral of greed.”
In the end, what is left is a massive transfer of wealth from ordinary families to internet promoters.
“1,500 different cryptocurrencies now register over $300 billion of ’value’,” Harris added.
According to Harris, most heavy users of bitcoin are criminals, such as Silk Road and the WannaCry ransomware.
Bitcoin skyrocketed in price by more than 900 percent last year in an investing frenzy, going from $900 to $20,000.
Since then, Bitcoin has regained some ground to trade at around $9, 034 at the current market price.