3 days ago our twitter account was suspended due to the reporting done by the Neurolancher team. They are trying to silence us and possibly silence all critics.
We want to get the word out and capture more information from the public. This is a revised version of our previous post we placed on the Polkadot forum warning about Neurolancher. - - -
Hello Polkadot and Astar Network forum community
**Neurolanche is a project that has been associating itself and taking advantage of the brands of Polkadot and its parachains. It also associates itself and plans to work on different networks like zkSync, Manta, and LINEA, a claim we find highly suspecious. It has raised our eyebrows of a small group of us and led to further investigation. What we are finding is of high concern and we feel that the users are at risk. Neurolancer is investing and participating in practices and methods that are considered wrong and could constitute illegal activities across many jurisdictions in different countries. Much of the following actions can be easily be seen on the main twitter account and its team members accounts.
Some of Neurolancher actions observed - - -
- Claiming thinly true and sometimes completely false associations with different projects with misleading graphics
- Creating the appearance of a serious project with high potential and upside for investors by exaggerating comments and claims
- Using airdrops to attract users in a consistent manner
- Outsource work to unknown, unproven entities followed by claims of high recognition of those entities
- Supporting and participating in giveaways from spam and boted twitter accounts for twitter impressions on Neurolancher projects, impressions on the tweets and the team members tweets; a.k.a generating fake engagement and inflating the numbers.
Silencing their critics - - -
Our X account we were using for calling out suspicious and bad actors in various parachains was suspended.
Our twitter username is @ DotDotDiligence and you will find that it is suspended now. This occurred shortly after pointing out some details of our findings of Neurolancher. We assume this orchestrated heavy reporting was done by Neurolanchers ownership of fake accounts and team members by reporting it in mass. We are learning how they operate and how they have something to hide by silencing their critics. We mainly tagged Polkadot, Kusama, Kusamarian and Astar in our posts and began getting organic views and impressions. Then we were reported and swiftly suspended. We won’t let this take us from our initial mission to question, prod, and inform about suspicious projects in our Polkadot ecosystem. We will create a new twitter account to continue this mission because we are motivated.
Branding - - -
They are flying the Polkadot, Astar, and Phala flag to gain general approval and using the team members who hold various ambassador roles in our ecosystem to spread grossly overstated claims. For example, they heavily emphasize and misclaim that one of their game products called Astar Strike is the largest and most valuable gaming project in Polkadot. A claim that is delivered by the team and spread around frequently.
It only takes skimming and reading the social media posts from the main account, the founders and cofounder and rest of the team members comments to realize that there is something odd and off. We began digging to pull out info for your consideration. Another example, the video game studio that is behind their projects: Illumate.
- Twitter/X: @ IllumateStudios: 6 followers
- LinkedIn: illumate-studios: 10 months old, 10 post.
DYOR with ALL info mission - - -
We think its only right to raise concerns, educate new users on how to DYOR and asked the end user and investor to make their own conclusions by looking at the entire picture. This team is conducting its affairs in a meticulous and convincing fashion, and we want to bring more data out in the open. We want to spread awareness of all their tactics as we continue to investigate the project and its founders. We desire to post our findings here for users to make their conclusions.
Raising awareness - - -
We will be taking this info to Phala and other teams they utilize the branding of and post it in multiple forums, discords and other platforms to provide our findings in what we hope are sources for the users to consider. We question the types of associations Neurolancher claims that exist. It is important because we observed the Neurolanche team will be selling their own security asset and token $NEROX to the public.
We revised this sentence “We believe Astar Network and its users are at high risk for hosting this type of project and team.” to
“We believe that users and investors are at high risk of future losses related to a token sale of this project due to the dubious methods in business dealings and misleading promotional practices. The parachains and its users should be cautious of any promotion they see around this project, and the accounts and people that support it. All should engage in continuous due diligence and use best judgement while assessing all claims and all other information shared by the Neurolanche project.”
If anyone has other information they would like to share with us, related to this project or any other they suspect in the Polkadot ecosystem please feel free to email us at: email@example.com
We plan to continue investigation and information collecting. It will include the associations, team members, github, funding and anything else we find.
We will conduct the research and do our best to communicate it in a informative manner. If you feel compelled to, please share this post with others to get the word out.