Bitcoin (BTC) skeptical cryptocurrency exchange Bitcoin.com Exchange has sparked fresh controversy after supporting an altcoin widely considered to be a scam.
Wild volatility greets HEX traders
The move makes Bitcoin.com one of the few recognized trading platforms to forge ties with HEX, which together with founder Richard Heart continues to field widespread accusations of fraud.
Explaining the decision, Bitcoin.com claimed it wished to offer security to those looking to trade the coin, which launched earlier this month.
“We are thrilled to announce that we have just listed #HEX by @RichardHeartWin on our exchange, giving anyone who wants to trade it a secure venue to do so. Check it out!” its Twitter announcement reads.
While little overall trading data is available, Bitcoin.com’s HEX markets have traded the equivalent of 0.81 BTC ($5,700) in the past 24 hours. In that period, the platform’s two HEX trading pairs, HEX/BCH and HEX/ETH, have dropped in price by 64% and 57% respectively.
HEX/BCH trading volumes on Bitcoin.com Exchange since launch. Source: Bitcoin.com Exchange
Warnings over HEX founder’s “perpetual self-enrichment”
As Cointelegraph reported, HEX purports to enrich investors by giving away free tokens in return for confirming BTC holdings.
Others purchased tokens using Ether (ETH), with Heart quickly reacting to suspicions that the entire project was being run in a manner that mirrors a pyramid scheme.
Critics point out that Heart, as owner of HEX’s so-called “origin address,” will control around 45% of the entire HEX supply just one year after the launch. This will be achieved by claiming a constant stream of HEX tokens from various types of transactions, while Heart will also keep the ETH from purchases.
“Not only will Richard control close to half of all HEX after the first year, but it is the first token I have…