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The Biggest Pump-and-Dump Scheme Ever Executed

InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips I’m not talking about the popular Netflix show -- I’m talking about the Squid Game (CCC:SQUID-USD) cryptocurrency, modeled after the...

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Did you see what happened with Squid Game?

A photo of a person holding a remote pointing at the Netflix show "Squid Game"
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No. I’m not talking about the popular Netflix show. I’m talking about the Squid Game (CCC:SQUID-USD) token, modeled after the show, which soared 14,300,000% in a single week – and then dropped to zero in a matter of seconds.

What? How? Why? Yep – those are the questions the world is asking right now, so we’re going to break everything down for you over the next few minutes.

Here goes nothing… the story of the biggest pump-and-dump scheme ever executed…

Long story short, a team of anonymous developers launched a crypto project called Squid Game, wherein people would buy the Squid Game token and use it as “buy-in” to play virtual games modeled after the show, like Red-Light, Green-Light and Honeycomb.

The winners of those games would receive real-money prizes.

Pretty neat idea – until you read the fine print.

Squid Game’s developers created this “anti-dumping mechanism” which, while the name makes it sound like a good idea, was just a way for the developers to lock people into the token.

Basically, once you bought Squid Game token, you couldn’t sell it until you gathered what the devs called “marbles.” Marbles could only be acquired through winning one of the various games in the Squid Game project.

Makes sense… but those games weren’t live, and so no one could actually win any marbles.

In other words, in order to sell Squid Game token, you needed to acquire marbles, which were impossible to acquire because the mechanism by which you acquire marbles – playing the games – hadn’t even launched.

It was the developers of Squid Game’s evil way of locking people into Squid Game token. Once you bought the token, you couldn’t sell it.

That’s why the token soared in price so quickly. There were basically no real sellers – just buyers.

We remember first stumbling across the token on Tuesday, Oct. 26. It was trading around 2 cents. On Nov. 1, it hit a high of $2,861.

Then, in a matter of seconds, it plunged 99.9% to below a penny.

That was the rug pull. Squid Game’s developers – who were sitting on a bunch of Squid Game tokens – gave themselves permission to sell their tokens without marbles, and sold all of their tokens.

They walked away with $12 million, and everyone else lost pretty much everything.

It’s a sad story – a lesson in why you shouldn’t gamble on tiny cryptos with suspicious backgrounds.

But, in our opinions, the sadder story here is how some media outlets are using this as an example for why folks should avoid the crypto markets!

That’s silly. In fact, it’s irresponsible.

Let’s make one thing crystal clear: The Squid Game rug pull is not indicative of the broader crypto markets.

Just like there are penny stock frauds and pump-and-dump schemes in the stock market, there are bogus tokens and rug pulls in the crypto market. It’s no different. And, just as you don’t avoid investing in the stock market because of those penny stocks, no one should avoid investing in cryptos because of rug pulls.

Because, while Squid Game saw its token collapse 99.9% in a matter of seconds, most of the tokens in our Crypto Investor Network portfolio surged. In fact, some of those tokens even doubled this past week!

Not all stocks are equal. Not all cryptos are equal, either.

The key to succeeding in the stock market is to pick the best stocks. The same is true in the crypto markets. The key to success is to pick the best cryptos – not Squid Game.

So, this is really our long-winded way of saying: Do not let what happened with Squid Game token, or what is happening with all these “pup coins,” deter you from investing in the crypto markets.

There are very important, powerful, and technologically-sound cryptos out there that have the potential to impact enormous change on the real world. They couldn’t be more different than Squid Game. Do not conflate the two.

So, our advice is simple: Forget Squid Game. Invest in the best cryptos. Invest with us at Crypto Investor Network, where our portfolio of high-quality cryptos has racked up an average gain of 225%.

Click here to learn more.

On the date of publication, Luke Lango did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.

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