An Examination of the Cryptocurrency Pump and Dump Ecosystem

35 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2019 Last revised: 9 Jan 2021

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JT Hamrick

University of Tulsa - Tandy School of Computer Science

Farhang Rouhi

University of New Mexico - Computer Science Department

Arghya Mukherjee

University of Tulsa - Tandy School of Computer Science

Amir Feder

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Neil Gandal

Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Tyler Moore

University of Tulsa - Tandy School of Computer Science

Marie Vasek

University College London - Department of Computer Science

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Date Written: November 25, 2019

Abstract

The surge of interest in cryptocurrencies has been accompanied by a proliferation of fraud. This paper examines pump and dump schemes. The recent explosion of nearly 2,000 cryptocurrencies in an unregulated environment has expanded the scope for abuse. We quantify the scope of cryptocurrency pump and dump schemes on Discord and Telegram, two popular group-messaging platforms. We joined all relevant Telegram and Discord groups/channels and identified thousands of different pumps. Our findings provide the first measure of the scope of such pumps and empirically document important properties of this ecosystem.

Suggested Citation

Hamrick, JT and Rouhi, Farhang and Mukherjee, Arghya and Feder, Amir and Gandal, Neil and Moore, Tyler and Vasek, Marie, An Examination of the Cryptocurrency Pump and Dump Ecosystem (November 25, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3303365 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3303365

JT Hamrick

University of Tulsa - Tandy School of Computer Science ( email )

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Farhang Rouhi

University of New Mexico - Computer Science Department ( email )

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Arghya Mukherjee

University of Tulsa - Tandy School of Computer Science ( email )

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Amir Feder

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology ( email )

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Neil Gandal (Contact Author)

Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University ( email )

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Tyler Moore

University of Tulsa - Tandy School of Computer Science ( email )

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Marie Vasek

University College London - Department of Computer Science ( email )

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