An obscure initial coin offering (ICO) project called Miroskii has grabbed the attention of the blockchain community after its lead designer, Kevin Belanger, was revealed to be using the image of Hollywood A-lister Ryan Gosling in his profile.
Twiter user @CryptoShillNye first alerted to Miroskii’s Ryan Gosling caper when he tweeted:
“LMFAO reviewing this #ICO....anyone see something off?$BTC $ETH #ICOs #Scamhttps://www.miroskii.com/#timeline”
Miroskii, whose motto says “Banking without bankers,” comprises a team of cryptocurrency experts “from China, Hongkong (sic), Singapore and Japan to ease the crypto revolution in financial products.” Belanger is described as an "experienced graphic designer with a clear focus on identities and illustration."
Bogus advisors, team
More alarmingly, the Cnet report notes that an independent background check on Miroskii’s team showed that all members plus the advisors listed are fakes.
“So far every single person on the team he's looked into is ‘fake’,” said CNET.
Perry Henderson, whom Miroskii introduces as a "blockchain enthusiast, a CEO of multiple online companies, and a successful entrepreneur,” is the Perry Henderson from Texas involved in real estate.
Similarly, other members and advisors listed on their site are also fake profiles, with images of other people being used without their consent.
Curiously, Miroskii claims to have raised $833,999 from at least 389 purchasers through its on-going ICO. Miroskii launched the ICO last month and is aiming to raise at least $3 million.
Scam or marketing ploy?
It remains uncertain at this time whether the Miroskii ICO is a scam or just a marketing ploy to attract public attention by using Gosling’s image. However, the cryptocurrency community is expressing doubt as the industry is already riddled with reports of various scams and a stunt like this is not helping.
A recent report indicates that cryptocurrency scams in 2018 are becoming bolder and more dangerous, sometimes reaching “a very personal level.” The growing enthusiasm over blockchain, the underlying technology of cryptocurrencies, has somehow lowered the guard against fraudulent activities although most of the threats are already known.