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To answer your specific questions in order: How did "Lina" find me? Was it simply a case of randomly sending messages to phone numbers until someone answers? How is it worth anyone's time to do that? It's no time at all if you've written a script to send messages to databases of phone numbers harvested from database leaks etc. Why spend so much ...


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What kind of payoff could be possible to make all this time investment worth it, especially for "Lina"? I mean, I could see that if she's farming out suckers to grunts in HK then it's a cheap operating cost, but surely her time as an intelligent, well-spoken, good-looking young female (assuming the pics are real) is worth more than this? This is a ...


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It's a scam. Ask yourself why someone you've never met would trust you with $19,000. Also, why the 'wi-fi' on the 'cruise ship' is good enough for him to send you emails or get checks written and mailed, but is not good enough for him to do his own banking. This alleged professional guy who sells gems. There has to be an excuse why the scammer asks someone ...


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Anyone who promises to pay you money but first insists that you send money someplace they direct is trying to scam you. Now that you know this person is a scammer, it is vital that your permanently cut off all contact with them. Don't give them more chances to scam you.


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The only thing that seemed slightly "off" was that she kept insinuating how well-off she was, with a house in Hong Kong (where she was currently living), a Porshce 911 and Audi R8 etc. She (occasionally) mentioned casually that she didn't "work" much and was making money from "financial products" like her "coinbase wallet&...


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Coinbase looks like a legitimate business from what i can see - how can she and her cronies be making money from getting people to set up a coinbase wallet? You mentioned they tried to "help" [you] to set up a coinbase wallet. They may be hoping that in the process of "helping" you set up a wallet they could get access to the account ...


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You can't buy more bitcoins. There are a certain number of bitcoins that exist at any given time. You can't change that by spending money. If Alice and Bob each bought bitcoins worth $20 from Jim who had $1000 of bitcoins (and now has $960) and those are all the bitcoins that exist (50 bitcoins), the market cap is still $1000. Alice and Bob each buy 1 more ...


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I'm not sure that pooling will really do much for you other than make the total value seem larger. For example, using your given numbers: Investor 1: 100 tokens (1/6 share of the pool) Investor 2: 500 tokens (5/6 share) Total Pool Value: 600 tokens Rate: 10% growth per unit of time After one time period you now have a total of (600 * 1.1) 660 tokens. Lets ...


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Whatever percentage they start with is still the same percentage they own at the moment they sell their shares. Assume three people: the initial investments are $100, $200, $500. The last one has invested $500 of the $800 or 5/8 of the value. When the largest investor wants out, they get 5/8 of the value. The percentages are then recalculated so that you ...


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The relevant manual on tax on cryptoassets says (my highlighting): Some types of consensus require the ‘staking’ of exchange tokens which weights the entitlement to newly forged tokens, as is explained at CRYPTO10300. Whether such activity amounts to a taxable trade (with the tokens as trade receipts) depends on a range of factors such as: degree of ...


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The simplest approach to this is that you are acting as an agent for your friend. In other words you simply bought, held and then sold the coins for your friend on her behalf, not for your own benefit. If you do that, then you don't need to declare her coins, or pay tax on them. That's perfectly legal, since you received no income or benefit from the ...


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Yahoo Finance offers free historical stock data but they sometimes have issues with reliability. You can also google for other sources.


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First, I would not refer to the "total outstanding value" of bitcoin as "market cap". Market capitalization has a specific meaning in finance, which is the total equity value of a publicly traded company. That's calculated as the last traded price of a publicly traded stock times the total stock. Bitcoin is effectively a commodity. No one ...


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