Is OneCoin Legit? – Read Why I Think It’s a Ponzi Scheme!

Today we are going to take a look at one of the biggest opportunities to become rich quickly that has been around for 3 years. You have probably learned if something is too good to be true it probably is. And that is what I always say. Is OneCoin Legit? Find out in the next 3 minutes.

OneCoin Review

is onecoin legitName: OneCoin
Founders: Dr. Ruja Ignatova
Founded: 2014
Field: Cryptocurrencies

Verdict: Not Recommended. (Check Out My #1 Recommendation)

What Is OneCoin?

Onecoin is a cryptocurrency which is created only a few years ago in 2014. Even though it sounds similar to bitcoins, it’s totally different. Founders of onecoin want to advertise as a better and updated version of bitcoin because it gives them more money and followers.

However, I think that onecoin is not as reliable as bitcoin and I think it’s actually a Ponzi scheme. Let me explain later.

Founders of OneCoin

is onecoin legit
Dr. Ruja Ignatova

I must admit that founder of Onecoin doesn’t look like a typical businesswoman or the founder of a cryptocurrency. She is 36 (34 when OneCoin was created) years old beautiful lawyer from Ukraine.

Ignatova has a lot of charisma and confidence when she’s advertising her cryptocurrency. OneCoin has probably made her a billionaire or at least very rich. But did she do it with honest methods while maintaining a clean conscience? I don’t think so.

Many figureheads of OneCoin are from Finland which is especially interesting for me because I am originally from Finland. I saw a statistic showing that one of the top earners of all MLMs in the world is the Finnish guy from OneCoin but now he’s currently living in Thailand.

How Does OneCoin Work?

Even though the founders of OneCoin market is as a similar (and better) cryptocurrency like bitcoin, it’s not. It is very similar to Multi Level Marketing (MLM) because it has many different packages, levels, compensation plans and other similar stuff.

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Different Packages in OneCoin

In the image above, you can see 8 different kinds of packages what they have. In addition, they have something even more expensive ones if you want to lose invest more of your money.

They have many kinds of rewards for buying packages and it would take a long while to explain them all. You have a quick look at the video below if you are interested. Notice that it takes 22 minutes and 30 seconds to explain OneCoin Compensation Plan.

WARNING: Video seems to been made a by a guy who is promoting OneCoin so don’t believe every word what he says. He may be unreliable in something that he says.

Bitcoin vs OneCoin?

The idea of bitcoin is clear and simple. It’s a currency that you can use already in many places including some Subway restaurants and in other big companies. In addition, there is no inflation and the transaction happens almost immediately. The code is open for everyone and everything is transparent. These are just a few benefits of bitcoin.

Let’s compare it to OneCoin.

1.I am not 100% sure if you can pay anywhere with onecoin. I guess that you can’t but tell me if I’m wrong.

2.Only one company knows the code and they can change it like they want. Basically, they can decide if they give money back to you or not.

3.There are complicated compensation systems and levels unlike in bitcoin.

4.Bitcoin seems to be more like a worldwide project while onecoin seems to be just one company’s show.

Is OneCoin a Ponzi Scheme?

If you don’t remember what is a Ponzi scheme, I wrote an article a little while ago where I explained what is it and how does work. The idea goes like this in a nutshell. Somebody creates a system and promises a huge return on investments for everybody who joins his system. The idea is that there isn’t actually any real product but what members get is only a hope of becoming rich.

When new people join the system, they give their money to the people who joined before them. Founders and those joined in first become rich while newcomers become poor. The only way to get your money back or to earn more is to get new people in. Many people become so desperate that they start inviting their friends and family members to join.

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The system becomes bigger and bigger. But when new people stop coming, it starts to collapse and ultimately ends. In that point, the founders have usually gone somewhere far away that nobody can’t find them anymore.

In my opinion, onecoin fulfills all characteristics of a Ponzi scheme. They don’t provide any value but only a hope of becoming rich and lots of hype!

That’s the idea of most cryptocurrencies, “Pump-and-dump”. Somebody creates a new cryptocurrency and wants everybody to join. When many people have joined, the founder sells all his currency and walks away rich. Who paid him? Those guys who joined the Ponzi scheme. Fortunately, Bitcoin doesn’t seem to be a Ponzi scheme.

Pros & Cons


  • Hard to find any


  • OneCoin is a Ponzi scheme
  • Lots of hype
  • No real value
  • False marketing

Conclusion – Is Onecoin Legit?

In my opinion, onecoin is a scam. They have these huge promises and big talks but nothing real. They get people to join them with the charisma of a few leaders. That’s typical for MLMs. They have conferences with powerful music and with lots of emotions. A speaker is shouting and trying to get spectators excited. Then, in the end, they will collect money of all innocent people who refuse to think with their own brain.

I recommend that you should stop chasing this kind of “get rich quick” schemes right away. 99,99% of them are scams and you will just end up with no money and with a bad humor in the end. Still, I believe that it’s totally possible to escape the rat race in a short period of time by building a successful online business.

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Have you bought OneCoin, Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies? What kind of experiences did you have?

Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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  1. Yeah as per usual i agree bro, i don’t like this one coin thing, to me it just smells like another messed up pump and dump MLM scheme that just wants to suck people dry like a vampire – i mean seriously using powerfully emotional manipulation techniques in their conferences is not cool at all and always is a big red flag for me.

    Similarly to Bitcoin i just cant see the intrinsic value here, and im not willing to get involved in anything that i dont thing has a valuable product, so thanks for the heads up Roope!

    1. Hi Marley,

      yeah, OneCoin seems like a pump and dump Ponzi scheme.

      However, it’s totally different than Bitcoin which I believe is legit. OneCoin is ruled by the one company while Bitcoin code is open for anyone. There are also many other differences that I mentioned in a text.

      Bitcoin may have some great value in the future.


  2. thank you for this information , I admit I would still think this is a scam even if I didn’t read this page first , just the name alone sound suspect to me . ONECOIN – it just screams ” I am a scam” but thank you for the info . ill defiantly steer clear of them

    1. Hi Kevin,

      haha that’s a good point of view. It’s interesting to see how long this “OneCoin-boom” will last and when it will collapse. Or will it collapse at all?

      I hope people don’t fall on it but search for better and more legit ways to make money.


  3. Never heard about one coin, thanks for sharing your opinion… a helpful article for many people who are looking for easy income procedures.

    1. Hi Charan,

      thank you very much. Yeah, sometimes people are looking for “easy money” but in my experience it always requires work. If you are willing to participate a scam, then it can happen faster but that’s totally unacceptable. That’s why my #1 recommendation is to learn new skills and work hard for success. Eventually you will reap what you sow.


  4. I really enjoy you article. Very informative.

    Although the I have not heard of OneCoin, I am glad I am now informed about them and would not bother to waste my hard earn cash on them, if I was to ever come across them. I’m always looking for ways to make money and over the years I have lost a lot as well.

    Reviews like this are so helpful and save people a lot of money.

    1. Hi April,

      I am glad that you enjoyed reading my article. I also enjoyed making a research and writing it.

      There are thousands of “get-rich-quick” schemes on the world but I recommend to stay far away from them. Better strategy is to learn valuable skills and to create a character that can achieve anything.

      Jim Rohn’s mentor said to Jim, “It’s not the money you make but the person you become.” In order to make money in this world, I think that we should provide some important value and that requires skills.


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