PayPal stablecoin launch sparks wave of fake PYUSD tokens

PayPal stablecoin launch sparks wave of fake PYUSD tokens

Nearly 30 fake PYUSD tokens cropped up in the wake of PayPal’s most recent announcement.


Since the launch of PayPal’s new stablecoin (PYUSD), opportunists, degens and potential scammers are already attempting to cash in on the hype with their own copycat tokens.

According to data from the decentralized exchange scanner DEX Screener, nearly 30 new token pairs sporting the ticker “PYUSD” have cropped up in the hours since the announcement.

The look-alike tokens have been minted on various chains, including BNB Smart Chain, Ethereum and Coinbases’ newest layer 2, Base.

It’s important to note that the real PayPal USD token was created in November 2022 and can be verified at the following contract address.

PayPal explicitly stated that PayPal USD could only be sent between verified PayPal and other compatible wallets, making it extremely unlikely that any of the tokens listed with the same ticker on UniSwap or any other decentralized exchange are the real thing.

The largest imposter PYUSD token, minted on Ethereum, has seen a staggering $2.6 million in trading volume since its inception just minutes after PayPal announced the launch of its stablecoin.

Price action for one imposter PYUSD token since inception. Source: DEX Screener

Despite surging more than 30,000% in the first eight hours, the token has since plummeted more than 66% from its all-time high.

One particular token had a slightly humorous take on PayPal’s stablecoin, opting for the name “PepeYieldUnibotSatoshiDoge.” The imposter token gained over 3,000% in four hours.

Price action since inception for PepeYieldUnibotSatoshiDoge. Source: DEX Screener

Many of the fake PYUSD tokens listed are likely “honeypots,” meaning that once an investor purchases the token, they cannot sell and have effectively given away their crypto.

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Unless investors are capable of auditing smart contracts themselves, they often will not find out the token is a honeypot until they try to sell their holdings.

Degens have been known to race to mint new memecoins to capitalize on trending stories and developments.

On Aug. 3, anonymous developers created an “LK-99” token in a bid to cash in on the superconductor craze.

A week before, on July 27, degens crafted up a roster of more than 50 UFO-themed memecoins as the United States Congress held a hearing where a whistleblower accused the U.S. government of covering up alien visitation to Earth.

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