Mackenzie, Simon (2022) Criminology towards the metaverse: Cryptocurrency scams, grey economy and the technosocial. The British Journal of Criminology.
Online markets in cryptocurrency represent a sprawling and eclectic alternative fnancial system, selling cuting edge techno-investment schemes that are complex and high risk. Crime control is almost entirely absent from this new crypto economy, and it is full of scams. Tis paper draws on an ethnography of crypto trading to review the main types of scam, suggesting that the grey economy of cryptocurrency trading is part of a wider evolution of society towards the technosocial, and beyond that perhaps towards the metaversal.