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Beware The Wild West Of Money!!

The Better Business Bureau is warning about the dangers and pitfalls of cryptocurrency.  There are certainly plenty of both, it would seem.

Of course, the main temptation involves all the headlines promising quick and high returns for cryptocurrency investments. But just as common are reports of major losses, criminal activity, and a new, wide-open playground for scammers.

Here’s more from the BBB:

Anyone can get in the crypto game today; buying or selling through kiosks at local malls, gas stations, mini marts and pawn shops.

Easy to get in, easy to lose your shirt. Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific is taking this opportunity during Cyber Security month to warn potential investors of the high risks associated with crypto.

“Cryptocurrency is becoming a market force as a new resource for investing and transferring money,” said BBBNW+P CEO Tyler Andrew. “It also has the potential for significant loss and so BBB advises consumers to be cautious.”

Cryptocurrency is digital code, not backed by any government entity. It is not legal tender and not widely accepted at this time. Crypto is not FDIC insured, so the value and your money are not protected.

Better Business Bureau recommends some basic precautions:

Consumers should be aware:

  • Cryptocurrency does not have legal protection, unlike credit or debit card transactions that can be disputed.
  • Though transactions are anonymous, they may be recorded on public ledgers ultimately leader potential scammers to consumers personal information.
  • Once you’ve paid, the money is gone as transactions are not reversible.

Potential Investors should:

  • Be suspicious of unregulated brokers and exchanges which offer too-good-to-be-true returns, charge high fees or keep your money.
  • Crypto value can change by the hour so an investment worth thousands one day might be worth just hundreds the next.
  • Cryptocurrency investing is speculative and high risk; only invest what you can afford to lose.

Throughout the month of October, BBB will release cyber safety tips and articles to help consumers and businesses stay vigilant. Articles and a cybersecurity toolkit for small businesses can be found here.

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