Loading...

Pond0x Token Launch Fiasco Results in Massive Investor Losses

In this post:

  • The launch of the memecoin Pond0x has led to significant financial losses for investors, with the token’s price collapsing from $0.36 to near zero within five minutes of launch.
  • Confusion arose as the web app allowed users to mint new PNDX tokens in exchange for Ether (ETH), while some users expected the fundraiser to be done on Uniswap.
  • Investors reportedly lost over $2.2 million in the launch, with some users claiming to have lost thousands or even millions of dollars.
  • A user reported that PNDX has a faulty transfer function that allows users to transfer coins from any other user.

The launch of the memecoin Pond0x has led to a significant financial loss for investors, with losses amounting to millions of dollars, according to multiple reports on social media on July 28. Data from the Maestro trading app shows that the Pond0x (PNDX) token reached a price of $0.36 before collapsing to near zero within a span of five minutes.

The launch of Pond0x was announced on July 28 by Jeremy Cahen, the founder of Not Larva Labs, who is better known by his Twitter username “Pauly.” Not Larva Labs is the developer of a nonfungible token trading app for CryptoPunks and for a separate parody collection called CryptoPhunks. It is not associated with Larva Labs, the creators of CryptoPunks. In the announcement, Cahen listed the contract address for PNDX and the URL for its official web app.

The Confusion Surrounding the Launch of Pond0x

The web app contained a Pepe meme graphic, similar to the ones used in successful memecoins like Pepecoin (PEPE). The app allowed users to mint new PNDX tokens in exchange for a fixed amount of Ether (ETH), similar to a presale or fundraiser. However, many users expected the fundraiser to be done on Uniswap, and the listing of both the website and the contract address in the same post caused confusion, according to social media reports.

Some users purchased the Pond0x token on Uniswap through bot trading apps like Maestro or Unibot, increasing its price. Meanwhile, other users minted Pond0x tokens using the web app and sold them into the market at a profit. Users who lost crypto complained they had lost thousands or even millions of dollars. According to a report from memecoin holder Rune, investors lost over $2.2 million in the launch.

The Faulty Transfer Function

Another user reported that PNDX has a faulty transfer function that allows users to transfer coins from any other user. Blockchain data shows that the transfer function for the coin is unusual. Instead of containing a line of code that updates the user’s balance, it calls a separate “brutalized_” function.

About two hours after the initial post, Rune provided an updated report that stated a new version of PNDX is being created by the person who originally drained the money from investors. According to Rune, the new project will provide a “dashboard” to compensate victims through a “community coin.”

The Popularity of Memecoins

Memecoins, or coins associated with a viral internet image or video, first came to prominence with the launch of Dogecoin (DOGE) in 2013. They remain popular today. On June 7, several U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-themed memecoins surged in price after the agency sued crypto exchanges Coinbase and Binance. On July 27, multiple alien-themed memecoins were created and promoted on social media during a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on unidentified flying objects.

Disclaimer. The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decisions.

Share link:

Most read

Loading Most Read articles...

Stay on top of crypto news, get daily updates in your inbox

Related News

Grayscale Launches Investment Trusts for Stacks and Near Protocol
Cryptopolitan
Subscribe to CryptoPolitan