Crypto YouTuber Draws Parallels Between SafeMoon and Bitconnect

Popular crypto YouTuber Lark Davies tweeted a warning over the new Binance Smart Chain project SafeMoon. He likened its rising popularity to the now-defunct Bitconnect scam, saying the euphoria of gains is blinding users to “the obvious.”

Bitconnect arrived on the scene in 2016, promising high returns for holding, trading, lending, and mining its BCC token. But things began unraveling in January 2018 when Texas and North Carolina regulators issued a cease and desist order. Bitconnect has earned a place in history as one of cryptocurrency’s biggest scams. But, is Davies right to lump SafeMoon in with the same company?

What is SafeMoon?

SafeMoon launched last month on March 14 with a debut price of $0.00000008. Since then, particularly over the last week or so, its price has mooned. SafeMoon is up +980% over the last seven days, hitting an all-time high of $0.00000919 yesterday.

SafeMoon price chart

Source: SAFEMOONUSD on CoinGecko.com

SafeMoon is an auto-generating liquidity protocol that rewards holders and penalizes sellers. It imposes a 10% penalty on sellers and redistributes 5% to existing holders, while it’s unclear who directly benefits from the other remaining 5%.

“5% fee is split 50/50 half of which is sold by the contract into BNB, while the other half of the SAFEMOON tokens are paired automatically with the previously mentioned BNB and added as a liquidity pair on Pancake Swap.”

The project describes itself as a “community driven, fair launched DeFi Token.” It talks about three simple functions, those being Reflection, LP Acquisition, and Burn.

Its whitepaper says “Reflection” relates to the concept of static rewards, which they say tackles the problem of…

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