Fifth-Largest Holder of Polygon Tokens Is Little-Known Chinese Crypto Project

At least one observer says Avatar is a multilevel-marketing (MLM) scheme in which users generate significant rewards for every person they successfully refer.

AccessTimeIconFeb 13, 2023 at 11:41 a.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 4:08 a.m. UTC
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Cryptocurrency staking project Avatar has become the fifth-largest holder of Polygon's MATIC, accumulating 22 million tokens worth $22.5 million.

Details about the project remain scant on social media. News reporter Colin Wu says it is based in China and at least one industry observer suggests Avatar is a multilevel-marketing (MLM) scheme in which users generate significant rewards for every person they successfully refer.

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  • Avatar, which labels itself as a decentralized on-chain perpetual GameFi platform, is centered around a staking mechanism that involves "magic boxes." Users have the option of staking cryptocurrency tokens for between 24-hours and 181 days, with the latter option yielding a greater reward.

    The anonymous nature of cryptocurrencies has led to a surge in MLM schemes over the past few years. In March, Shanghai police arrested 10 people in connection with a $16 million pyramid scheme that involved cryptocurrencies.

    MATIC is currently at $1.16, down by 9.95% over the past 24-hours according to CoinDesk data.

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