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PayPal's Stablecoin Launch Sparks Copycat Tokens Amid Scam Wave

PayPal's stablecoin launch attracts fake PYUSD tokens as copycats rush to exploit the hype, trapping investors with possible "honeypots." The frenzy exposes the risks investors face in a rapidly evolving crypto market.

Barely a day after the announcement of PayPal's stablecoin (PYUSD) launch, opportunists and potential scammers are flooding the market with nearly 30 fake PYUSD tokens. These copycat tokens have emerged on different chains, including Binance Smart Chain, Ethereum, and Coinbase's latest layer 2 Base. The largest imposter token, minted on Ethereum, experienced a staggering $2.6 million trading volume in mere minutes after PayPal's announcement, only to plummet over 66% from its peak. Many of these fake PYUSD tokens are likely "honeypots," trapping investors who are unable to sell, resulting in lost crypto.

Proliferation of Imitation

As PayPal clearly stated that genuine PayPal USD can only be exchanged between verified PayPal accounts and compatible wallets, it's improbable that tokens listed under the same ticker on exchanges like UniSwap are authentic. The frenzy showcases the speed at which copycats can capitalize on market trends, often leaving investors at risk.

The Honeypot Hazard

Investors are at risk of falling for these "honeypots" where they buy tokens that they later find impossible to sell. Unless capable of auditing smart contracts, buyers often realize they're stuck with the tokens when attempting to sell, leading to significant financial losses.

Such phenomena aren't new in the crypto world. Anonymous developers raced to create the "LK-99" token during the superconductor hype, while UFO-themed memecoins emerged when the U.S. Congress held hearings on alleged government cover-ups of extraterrestrial visitations.