Electra Protocol – Explaining Hotbit’s behavior
This article aims to show that Hotbit is committing illegal activities (mainly dumping team and users unclaimed coins on MEXC exchange), and that MEXC should take immediate and urgent action to stop Hotbit’s fraudulent moves. The Electra Protocol team requested that these coins should most certainly be burned, as they are not the property of Hotbit, nor is there the ability for anyone else to claim them at this point.
Electra Protocol’s XEP native coin was listed on Hotbit on the 26th of May 2021. Fees for this listing were applied with USDT/XEP (several thousand dollars, and xxx XEP for Market Maker (MM) purposes.
From May 26th 2021, until May 22nd 2023, XEP could be deposited, traded and withdrawn on the Hotbit platform.
However, Hotbit exchange suddenly tweeted an official closure announcement, and provided a 1 month deadline for users to withdraw their funds.
Following the closure, the Electra Protocol team commenced discussions with the Hotbit team for several purposes: retrieving funds, ensuring XEP holders would not be affected, and ensuring Electra Protocol would not be affected.
Recently, the Electra Protocol team contacted Hotbit again when Hotbit started dumping other coins/tokens on some exchanges, but Hotbit failed to provide any answer!
Several other projects tweeted about this behavior, commonly known as a “rug pull”. Several tweets are listed below of this article (link), and also a dedicated article :
Therefore, the Electra Protocol team decided to closely monitor the XEP hot wallets from Hotbit.
Identification of XEP hot wallets from other wallets can be done by analyzing withdrawals from Hotbit. The dedicated annex “Proof of the Hotbit hot wallet address” puts in evidence that Hotbit’s main hot wallet address is ep1qggre0dr03zqcl925km9jy0ml70fy8qknu3dpve.
XEP transfers since the last official deadline of withdrawals (June 30th 2023), from the Hotbit main hot wallet address listed below:
All the below transfers were sent in a 22 minute time frame on August 3rd, 2023 from ep1qggre0dr03zqcl925km9jy0ml70fy8qknu3dpve to ep1qac4e024cu0uau3elwqyvd59stj70hqh5udvduv, which appears to be a MEXC deposit address. Therefore, the Electra Protocol team considers it as blatantly obvious that Hotbit is preparing a massive sale on the MEXC exchange, with funds coming from users who didn’t withdraw their funds in time.
In addition, we can take note that after regular users stopped withdrawing 2 months ago, on August 3rd, Hotbit also started transferring to other markets. For XEP, the transfers are listed above, with a clear purpose: to dump the MM and unclaimed user coins. Which is totally illegal behavior!
Moreover, they even started to dump some XEP on the MEXC platform :
4m XEP dump : Aug 3, 2023 at 17:00.
3m XEP dump: Aug 3, 2023 at 19:38.
And a 95m sell order was put (screenshot below was taken on Aug 3rd) :
On Friday, August 4, 2023, After discussions between Electra Protocol and MEXC. MEXC agreed to a temporary freeze of Hotbit’s MEXC deposit address. (ep1qac4e024cu0uau3elwqyvd59stj70hqh5udvduv) and remove their sell orders, while waiting for some additional evidence that Hotbit is certainly engaging in “rug pull” activities.
On August 10th, 2022, Hotbit suddenly halted deposits and withdrawals, following a criminal investigation.
Tweets relaying this announcement :
Regarding all the elements stated above along with the evidence presented, it appears obvious that Hotbit is finalizing their shutdown by dumping all the remaining users’ unclaimed coins, which appears to be totally illegal and unlawful.
The Electra Protocol team are requesting that the MEXC platform keep all Hotbit funds frozen which were transferred onto MEXC, and that a plan is put in place in order to burn all these coins, which can be done through the Electra Protocol foundation or by MEXC themselves with proof of burn. Whilst this is a most unfortunate set of circumstances it also serves to highlight the immutable transparency of blockchain technology.
These are some members withdrawals, from the past, from Hotbit to their personal addresses.
Hotbit hot wallet identification is: ep1qggre0dr03zqcl925km9jy0ml70fy8qknu3dpve
Notice that the first transfer occurred 2 days after the official date listing.
Below, in yellow is the user XEP address, and in Orange, the Hotbit wallet.
1/ First element of proof :
2/ Second element of proof :