Ezekiel Osborne (Zeke Echelon), Who Is This Person Claiming to Be Monero’s Co-Founder?
The cryptocurrency community is currently talking about Ezekiel Osborne, according to some sources, Monero’s co-founder. However, it seems that most of the figures related to Monero deny this.
Forbes Middle East released a profile of Ezekiel Osborne, supposedly, Monero’s co-founder. In the article, the author Claudine Coletti, describes him as a Crypto Millionaire that turns coins into cash. All of this seems to be completely wrong.
Monero developers have denied that several times saying that they do not know anything about Osborne. However, they noticed that there was a resemblance between Mr Osborne and Seke Echelon and Ezekiel de Jong. Zeke Echelon is also known as one of the ‘worlds best pumper’ in the crypto space. This is related to groups that pump and dump virtual currencies to earn juicy profits after manipulating the market.
According to some reports, Claudine Coletti did not answer how they were able to get this face on the cover of Forbes Middle East. But there are multiple confirmations that Seke Echelon is the same person as Ezekiel Osborne.
The online magazine Breaker, was able to uncover different issues on the matter. Back on October 26, Ricardo Spagni, lead developer of the Monero (XMR) cryptocurrency, wrote that Ezekiel Osborne is not part of the core team members that started to work on Monero. Additionally, he wrote that he has never been involved with Monero in any way.
PSA: Ezekiel Osborne is not one of the original Monero core team members that started the community-based stewardship of Monero, nor has he EVER been involved with Monero in ANY way. Until today none of us had ever even heard of him!
cc @ForbesME @ClaudineColetti @patron_io pic.twitter.com/u2t5Hp2EoO
— Riccardo Spagni (@fluffypony) October 26, 2018
Additionally, Osborne said to Forbes ME that he was one of the seven initial founders of this virtual currency. Talking about how he was able to become a millionaire, he explained that the founder kept 50% of Monero’s tokens for themselves when the coin was launched. However, Monero is one of the most respected and fairly issued coins ever launched. And indeed, it is operating in the market since a very long time and it is recognized for the privacy features it has.
As per Breaker, there is a possibility that would help Osborne’s comments be sustainable at some point. Monero was created based on the CryptoNote code. This project was developed by several mysterious figures such as Nicholas van Saberhagen. Another person involved was thankful for today. Both of them helped to create a virtual currency known as Bitmonero, but later it moved towards Monero.
Osborne might have been part of these developers that were working on projects before Monero. And it seems that Osborne seemed to be Zeke Echelon, according to some Twitter users.
To be honest I have looked much. But this last name might help, and associated info pic.twitter.com/8LKwz36jtz
— Coin Meerkat💰🐾📈 (@CoinMeerkat) October 29, 2018
In this profile, Seke Echelon describes himself as the ‘Worlds best pumper.’ In general, there are some pump and dump groups that organize themselves in Telegram or Discord in which they coordinate active traders to buy small-cap cryptocurrencies. Once the price of that specific coin grows, then, they sell on the market, making a very juicy profit with the trade. There are many jurisdictions in the world that consider this a securities fraud.
As Breaker shows, another user known as Zeke ‘Echelon’ Exposed says that Zeke was a ‘piggy backing off of a large pump and dump group.” He then said that he was taking advantage of PAID patreon members.
Zeke was just piggy backing off of a large pump and dump group: https://t.co/2Fm3q4OKVy and shame on @6BillionPeople taking advantage of his PAID patreon members! Deleting tweets won’t hide the truth Marquis! We have it all recorded 😉 Watch out for these scammers!
— Zeke ‘Echelon’ Exposed (@ZekeEchelon) January 21, 2018
Another user on Twitter, known as @jwizzle86 asked whether people still follow Zeke Echelon after ‘what he did with XVG.’
At the same time, another video uploaded by a Twitter user says that Zeke’s pumps were engineered by a newsletter known as Palm Beach Confidential. This group has also been accused of pumping and dumping cryptocurrencies, at least of the token Cindicator (CND).
Breaker was able to gather even more information about Zeke Echelon showing that his pump streams’ email address is [email protected]. Furthermore, the twitter account @lyleechelon includes references to ‘Echon Private Wealth.’
Nevertheless, Zeke Echelon was not a passive pump and dumper. It seems that using the Twitter account @Satoshishotgun, he has reached out other twitter trading accounts to offer them a place in pump and dump groups. The @cryptostaker trading twitter group declined the offer. After this answer, Zeke wrote to them that they should consider them enemies and ‘be ready for upcoming challenges.’
According to the user @smokinether, a regular viewer of ZEKE Echelon’s livestreams said that Zeke advised users to purchase specific coins for him to dump them later. In addition to it, this Twitter user mentioned that Echelon showed the name Ezekiel Osborne accidentally on his stream.
However, there is another evidence related to Ezekiel Osborne being a scammed, according to Breaker. He says that in a Medium post uploaded on May 2, the account Crypto Crew – that profiles a person known as Ezekiel de Jong – uploaded a photo of a man, clearly Osborne, at a cryptocurrency conference. The image seems to have been Photoshopped, which could mean that he was not present at that specific conference.
It is surprising that Forbes ME, a respected and popular news outlet, failed to perform basic due diligence on this individual. However, Forbes ME was not the only outlet featuring Osborne. He has been also featured by Khaleej Times that is based in the United Arab Emirates.
This shows that in the future, Osborne could be using his media to scam many other individuals in future projects he might be planning. Before investing it is always important to analyse very carefully who is behind each project and which are the returns promised.