[Chugalug] A comment on the Bitcoin .. fraud

Mike Robinson miker at sundialservices.com
Mon Apr 15 12:02:40 UTC 2013

These are just my thoughts – but I see a bully pulpit here, and I'll be brief.

If you wanted to fleece a bunch of nerds, how would you do it?  Well, first of all, you'd promise them, one way or another, "easy money."  In fact, knowing that many of them spend hours each day in gam-environments where guns never run out of ammo, you'd promise them "make your own money."  An altogether synthetic currency system.  "World Money, Release 2.0."

You'd slow-roll the whole thing.  Just toss the ball out onto the field almost unmentioned.  Aside from the obvious need for plausible denial when the sheet hits the fan, you're playing hard to get, in the form of a cryptographic-based puzzle that can only be brute-forced, but that can be shown to be solvable.  Add a few more promises – that the supply of this "money" will always be limited (never mind how) – and wait for the Powerball Effect to take hold of its own accord.  A very large number of paper cards are thrown away near my driveway, because I live on a country road about a quarter-mile from a convenience store.  I pick them up by the hundreds. 

Meanwhile, start selling supplies .. for real money.  And books, of course.  Every now and then, grab a quiet instant-success headline, say by selling a Ferrari (a Ford will NOT do ...) for this "new money."  Then wait.

It's a Crowd Psychology 101 play, people, and I just want to say .. there are some things in this ol' world that are truly ancient, and finding new and creative ways to rip off your fellow-man by leveraging his own gullibility is one of them.  I don't want my Chattanooga virtual friends to be among those many that will eventually be hurt.

#undef soapbox .. Thank you.

– Mike Robinson
(615) 268-3829
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