Bitcoin imitator: OneCoin a very risky virtual currency

by Rudolf Faix 4. October 2016 03:27

OneCoin LogoThe virtual currency of Bitcoin has many followers. New Providers want to benefit from it and imitate the original. The German consumer magazine FINANZtest warns strongly from the significant risks.

Other providers rely on the enthusiasm for purely digital currencies, the pioneer of Bitcoin has triggered. Whether that is actually profitable for the customer, but is questionable. Newcomers like SwissCoin and OneCoin differ greatly from Bitcoin. In both there are central bodies that verify the system. The currencies have a very limited use. The publishers rely on multi-level compensation plans to attract customers to bring their products further among the people.

If someone is thinking logically then he will get it, that nobody can buy money and nobody can take out more money from a system than the amount of money is inside. Each little child knows already that the market price depends on supply and demand. Which value can have a digital currency which gets traded only by one issuer?

OneCoin does not get accepted by any other money exchanging system found at the world, you get free OneCoins already for signing up, you get additional OneCoins for bringing other victims into the system and you have no chance to use these OneCoins in any shop. Which value can have OneCoins? As soon as the company behind is running into problems or gets shut down from the government you lose all your real money. Each pyramid system or Ponzi scheme breaks down as soon as not enough new victims entering into the system can get found.

OneCoin is a "billion-euro company" according to company founder Ruja Ignatova from Bulgaria. It occurs under the brand names OneCoin, OneLife network and OneAcademy. The website from OneCoin praise their cryptocurrency as the second largest of the world. In two years, Ignatova wants to be the number one and have ten million customers. They buy training packages for prices from 110 euros upwards.

Wow, OneCoin surpasses itself. You need to buy a training package for using it! Does it not show already the scam? You need to get a training for using the crypto currency. Maybe you'll need a training too for using your hard earned real money?

OneCoin describes itself as "centralized" crypto currency. It stands according to the company deliberately "currently not for everyone to act" open, because it is still new. OneCoins can only be traded on an internal network platform. Other trading platforms for crypto currencies are not trading OneCoin. Whether and how OneCoins get mined, bought and sold, depends largely on the management. In June, the company reported about waiting times of two to three months until customers received their coins.

At the same time, Ignatova announced to extend the maximum possible amount of OneCoins from October from 2.1 billion to 120 billion units. If OneCoin has overestimated the demand it can lead to a price crash.

Critics such as the Latvian financial and capital market Commission interfere on the multi-tiered, pyramid-style remuneration system: the company rewarded customers, if they manage to persuade more customers to buying its products, and this cause further purchases.

"The business model of OneCoin is perfectly legal and does not qualify as a pyramid scheme," OneCoin stresses to FINANZtest. The OneLife Network offer genuine products, such as mobile computing device "OneTablet" and real services in the form of training packages with finance. The business model is based "on the basis of a traditional direct sales concept". Let members possible, "to earn their income through referrals and sales training toolkits on cryptocurrency and financial management to non-members." Commission and bonus would immediately depending on the success paid - just as with well-known companies with direct sales offering goods such as kitchen appliance Thermomix, the personal care products of Amway or dietary supplements from Herbalife.

Let us take a look at their product - the "OneTablet". The specifications are getting found at their site:

HD RESOLUTION: 800*480/1024 x 600/1024*768

GOOGLE ANDROID SOFTWARE
Android OS MaPan firmware

COMPONENTS: MTK Quad core CPU

WIRELESS 802.11B/G/N: 802.11b/g/n WI-FI wireless connection

STORAGE: RAM 1GB / Build in 16GB / Expandable up to 64GB

BATTERY POWER: 2500 – 8000mAH / 5V 2A lipo battery

INPUTS TOUCHSCREEN (CAPACITIVE): Multi – point capacitive touch screen

DUAL CAMERAS: Front 0.3MP + back 1.3 million pixels

Front 1.3MP + back 2.0 million pixels

Price: € 550 + SHIPPING + 550 BV (Bonus Volume) GENERATED!

Funny are the specs from the battery power already. It seems like Ignatova is thinking that battery power is a chewing gum. An built-in battery has a fixed capacity and cannot get provided as a value between 2500 - 8000 mAH!

The value of BV (Bonus Volume) is € 1 = 1 BV as it can get shown in their offer:

STARTER PACKAGE
110 €

For those who have no previous financial experience. Includes Level 1 of OneAcademy’s e-learning program. Students will learn basic financial literacy and be introduced to financial products and trading. After completing this module, we issue certification for access to OneExchange. The starter membership gives 1000 promotional tokens which can be put into cryptocurrency mining and generates 110 BV points for network bonuses.

Screenshot from the OneCoin's starter package

For these ones, which are thinking that you'll get something additional value with the starter package and for this reason you are not able to convert € 1 to 1 BV, I'll show you in the next screenshot that this additional offers have no real value, because if you buy the most expensive package for € 7,500 you'll get also 7,500 BV.

Screenshot from OneCoin's Tycoon Plus Trader Package

An tablet with similar specifications can get found from the Maixin Group at Alibaba (Tablet offer from Maixin Group at Alibaba.pdf (2.37 mb)) for the price between US$ 55 and US$ 60 depending on the count of pieces you are ordering.

With other words you'll pay for a product, which has the value of US$ 60 the exorbitant price of € 1,100!!! Let us include the exchange rate between US$ and Euro from today, where € 1 = US$ 1.12284 or US$ 1 = € 0.88993:

Currency you'll get a value you pay for it
US$ 60.00 1,235.12
53.40 1,100.00

The Veto Concept AG from Leipzig is coming from direct sales site too. They presents themselves on the Internet page richcoin.eu as an independent sales partner of OneCoin. The digital currency explained to one of "the hottest financial topics". After the warning from the consumer magazine FINANZtest got published Veto Concept AG stopped publishing their site richcoin.eu. The following amazing content gets shown:

Screenshot from the site richcoin.eu

Translated to English:

Dear visitor,

the website "RichCoin" got discontinued by us. Just use the contact form if you have questions.

Friendly greetings VETO CONCEPT AG

It seems that the "hottest financial product" has been even coming to hot for their business. Think about it what you'll doing if you see a similar content at the site from OneCoin. It happened already at least one time as the system from BigCoin got shut down in the year 2014. Involved in the system from BigCoin has been Ruja Ignatova.

Ruja Ignatova cryptoreal investment trust BigCoin

The website badbitcoin.org, a platform of cryptocurrency fans criticizes multilevel distribution systems. She denounces dubious practices and accumulated negative reports. OneCoin is on their "Badlist", a warning list for not recommended deals.

A digital currency of a central supplier, industrial applied for payment transactions - reminds of electronic money (E money). The currencies were to be classified, the company needs a permit. In the register of approved electronic money institutions of the Federal Agency for financial services supervision (BaFin) are not getting found the companies around OneCoin and SwissCoin.

Would the BaFin classify the currency as e-money, they could order the rescission. Also around classical crypto currencies there subject to authorization activities. In June reported the German magazine "Der Spiegel", the BaFin review OneCoin. The BaFin has not given statement until now. It may be that the digital currencies will facing hot stages for various reasons.

Domain owner of onecoin.eu:
Name: Tsvetelina Lekova
Company: Onecoin Ltd
Address: 12 Tsar Osvoboditel, 1000 Sofia, BG
Phone: +359.24444331
E-Mail: tsvetelina.lekova@ravenr.com

Domain owner of onelife.eu:
Name: Albena Topalova
Company: One Network Services Ltd
Address: PI. P.R. Slaveikov 6A, 1000 Sofia, BG
Phone: +359.24444331
E-Mail: office@onecoin.eu

Domain owner of oneacademy.eu:
Name: Tsvetelina Lekova
Company: One Network Services Ltd
Address: 12 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 0001000 Sofia, Sofia, BG
Phone: +359.885660254
E-Mail: tsvetelina@onecoin.eu

Update Jan. 19, 2017: Links to richcoin.eu removed as the service of the site got discontinued.

 

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