• Nigerian cryptocurrency exchange Patricia launched a native token, PTK, raising concerns of an exit scam.
• Users had previously been affected by a security breach which compromised their assets and raised suspicions.
• The unannounced launch of the PTK token and lack of transparent documentation has led to doubts about its legitimacy.
Nigerian Crypto Exchange Patricia Raises Exit Scam Fears
The Nigerian crypto industry has seen steady growth over the years with millions of traders, exchanges, and enthusiasts. One such exchange is Patricia who recently launched its own native token, PTK. However, concerns have been raised as suspicious factors point to a potential exit scam.
Data Breach Compromises User Assets
On May 26th 2023, Patricia disclosed that it had suffered from a major security breach resulting in the loss of assets and funds. Although only BTC and Naira assets were affected while other cryptocurrencies remained safe, withdrawals were temporarily suspended to facilitate restructuring and the recovery of lost assets. Despite assurances from the exchange, users are still voicing grievances claiming their funds remain inaccessible.
Unexpected Launch Of Native Token
On August 18th 2023, the exchange announced the launch of its native token – PTK – pegged to the US dollar to serve as its official trading currency by converting existing user assets into this new stablecoin without prior notice or transparent documentation leading many investors to doubt its legitimacy.
Implications For Nigerian And African Crypto Industry
If these events prove to be part of an exit scam then it would have serious repercussions for not only Nigeria’s crypto industry but also Africa’s at large due to their close association with each other within the global crypto conversation.
Suspicious factors surrounding Patricia’s launch of its native token have caused concern among users and industry experts alike who fear that this could be part of an exit scam. If true then it would mean severe consequences for both Nigeria’s crypto industry as well as Africa’s at large due to their close relationship in terms of adoption and regulation when compared globally.