Unete: Bitcoin Scam in Spain Rakes in 50M EUR

Unete: Bitcoin Scam in Spain Rakes in 50M EUR

A bitcoin scam in Spain has managed to convince 22,000 investors to fork over a total of 50 million EUR to the unete, a digital currency that can allow people to buy or sell things online. This bitcoin scam was started by José Manuel Ramírez Marco in 2013 and, just like virtual currencies, it was unregulated by financial authorities or the Spanish government. However, many investors soon discovered that the unetes can't really be converted to any other fiat currency nor can it be used to make online purchases. A network of tax havens and complex bank accounts were given as the reason, but....


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The early days of the internet was like this scary thing, all gambling, and porn and you couldn't even transact on there. And then nice walled gardens came along and made everyone quite comfortable with it, which may be like banks and financial institutions are doing now. But it kind of misses the point. The idea of the web and the internet is supposed to be open to everyone.

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