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  • Over the past two days, 50 mln XRP has been moved between three large trading platforms and the Japanese BitBank, which, some assume, may join a new ODL corridor soon

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The XRPL Monitor bot has reported several massive XRP transactions that total 50 mln XRP ($13,790,820).

Ripple’s milestones in 2020 so far

This year, Ripple has already made a few major moves – Brad Garlinghouse mentioning a possible IPO this year (though later on he stated he was largely misunderstood) and Brad Garlinghouse getting featured in an interview with CNN’s Julia Chatterley for the second time. This may suggest that Ripple is the only crypto company so far that has been of interest outside the community.

However, as reported by U.Today earlier on Saturday, the head of Tron, Justin Sun, had also made it into the CNN studio for an interview.

Besides, recently it was revealed that Ripple had been included into top 100 cross-border payment companies.

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50 mln moved – Binance, Huobi, Bitbank

Since XRP is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies, large transactions made with it attract a lot of public attention.

This time, XRPL Monitor has spotted four transfers totalling 50 mln XRP.

  1. Binance – Huobi
  2. Bithumb – Bithumb
  3. Bitbank – Bitbank
  4. Anonymous wallet – anonymous wallet
50 mln XRP
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Earlier, it was reported that some believed Binance.US and Bitbank were trialling a new ODL corridor for transferring XRP.

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  • Bitcoin (BTC) scammers know no quarantines or self-isolation. Dozens of fraudulent airdrops falsely endorsed by Bill Gates ask YouTubers to send in their Bitcoins.

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Typically, fake YouTube airdrops are quite similar to each other. With the current pandemic enraging across the planet, a series of scams that impersonate Bill Gates have some distinct features.

With Bitcoin (BTC) Price Drop, Scammers are Getting Greedy

Just like in several other previous cases, the fraudsters launch fake 'live streams' on YouTube, asking users to send in their Bitcoins (BTC) in order to get redouble the initial amount.  An 'entry ticket' into to this scam starts at 0.1 BTC which is more than $650. With previous scams, it was much cheaper.

Fake YouTube Bitcoin (BTC) airdrop
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The scammers also publish the URLs of this campaign, which are linked to suspicious websites. Unlike previous cases, fraudsters launch multiple live streams simultaneously. At press time of this article, at least two of them were active.

Multiple scam streams on YouTube
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According to statistics, the average popularity of one live stream is about 30,000 viewers.

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Alongside that, launching fake airdrops on behalf of Microsoft's Bill Gates isn't a slam dunk for the fraudsters. It may seem ironic, but Mr. Gates is a prominent critic of cryptocurrencies, particularly of Bitcoin (BTC). He is sure that digital assets represent a kind of a ‘greater fool theory’ type of investment.

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Cryptocurrencies kill, added Mr. Gates. To him, its only use-case besides short-term speculations is illegal funding for drug trafficking:

Right now cryptocurrencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs, so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way.

The U.Today team will one more time state that no airdrop will be conducted without the notification from an official website of a product or token. Any YouTube, Medium, and/or Telegram announcements may shill scammers. Never send your money to unknown persons.

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