Otterooo is a Twitter account that posts threads about various topics related to crypto, defi, and scams. Otterooo claims to have a great track record of foretelling the failures of several projects and platforms, and to be able to find scams faster and more effectively than the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Crypto-Related Theft Amounted to $4.5 Billion in 2020
Crypto scams are a rampant and persistent problem that plagues the industry and harms investors. According to CipherTrace, a blockchain analytics firm, crypto-related fraud and theft amounted to $4.5 billion in 2020, an increase of 40% from 2019. Crypto scammers use various tactics to lure and deceive their victims, such as offering unrealistic returns, creating fake identities, exploiting hype and fear, and using sophisticated technology to manipulate markets and data.
SEC Faces Challenges in Detecting Scams
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is the federal agency responsible for protecting investors and maintaining fair and orderly markets. The SEC investigates and prosecutes cases of securities fraud, such as insider trading, market manipulation, Ponzi schemes, and false or misleading disclosures.
However, the SEC faces many challenges and limitations in detecting and preventing crypto scams, such as the lack of clear and consistent regulations, the difficulty of tracing and recovering funds, the jurisdictional and legal barriers, and the evolving nature of scam schemes.
A Track Record of Foretelling Crypto Failures
Otterooo is a Twitter account that posts threads about various topics related to crypto, defi, and scams. Otterooo claims to be a group of forecasting sleuths in crypto, who have a great track record of foretelling the failures of several projects and platforms, such as Luna, Celsius, Coinflex, Matrixport, Hoo.com, Nexo, Finblox, and BlockFi.
Otterooo also claims to be able to find scams faster and more effectively than the SEC, using natural language processing, machine learning, and due diligence. Otterooo often uses a humorous and sarcastic tone to expose the flaws and risks of the projects and platforms he investigates, and to warn his followers and the public of potential scams.
Highlighting The SEC’s Failures
Otterooo’s most recent tweet was in response to another made by Nick Tomaino, who wrote:
“Under Gary Gensler’s leadership, the SEC: – Missed biggest fraud since Madoff (FTX) – Attacked good actors (Coinbase & Kraken) 😠 – Pushed many great entrepreneurs offshore 😢 – Botched the Bitcoin ETF approval announcement 😂 You really can’t make this shit up.”
Otterooo’s Twitter account has over 100,000 followers, and is widely regarded as a credible and influential source of information and analysis in the crypto space. Otterooo’s followers often praise him for his insights, accuracy, and courage, and thank him for saving them from losing money or falling for scams.
A Sensational Scam Hunter
Otterooo’s critics, however, accuse him of being biased, sensationalist, and irresponsible, and question his motives, methods, and sources. Some of his critics also claim to be the targets or victims of his investigations, and threaten to sue him or expose him.
Otterooo’s identity and background remain unknown, as he uses a pseudonym and an avatar of an otter. Otterooo has not revealed his real name, location, or affiliation, and has not verified his account with Twitter. Otterooo has also stated that he does not provide financial advice, and that his threads are for entertainment and educational purposes only. Otterooo has also warned his followers to do their own research and not blindly trust anyone, including himself.