BTCJam Scam? A Bumpy Start for P2P Lending…


You will never truly know who you’re lending bitcoin to on BTCJam.

BTCJam is the Future of Investing, but it is a Rough Start

After several months of lending bitcoin through BTCJam, we’ve been experimenting with loaning a percentage of our bitcoin, in hope, to generate returns on our bitcoin investment. The site has gained tremendous publicity among the bitcoin and cryptocoin community, touting BTCJam as a promising crowdfunding website for bitcoin. BTCJam offers users to loan, invest, and trade bought loans, which gives users a chance to sell loans they believe are going to default in a stop-loss type mechanism. We’ve chronicled our bitcoin investments on other sites, but BTCJam offers many options, although with a limited supply of loans to invest in. Our long-term goal here simply is to find a good place for our bitcoins to generate more money on our money through interest. There is no perfect BTCJam Lending Strategy, but we have found many hints to differentiate good loans and bad loans through our months of experience on the site.

BTCJam Loan Defaults are Quite Common, but High Quality Bitcoin Loans Exist

So far our account has incurred a few defaults, with 5 of them that were significant in terms of percent of overall total holdings on BTCjam. Initially, we were achieving from 10 to 20% return on our depositing bitcoin in the first few months. Although it shouldn’t be correlated, the bitcoin price drop has affected the loan market on the site. A few more defaults (check our loans on our profile) quickly took any gains we had, away from us and our fortune was reversed just as quickly as it came. BTCJam loans are not forgiving, and poor investments will be made, no matter how credible to investor looks, or their track record.

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A screenshot of BTCJam’s homescreen

Qualifying the good from the BTCJAM Scams

The first step with BTCJam is to slowly make deposits, and to gradually invest in a variety. We recommend starting small, as we did, since btcjam loans occasionally default. One must keep track of patterns in investors. We are building a list of requirements for loans on BTCJam, most believe you should lend to those with the highest credit rating, but that isn’t always true. BTCJam offers no insurance on loans, so when a loan defaults, your bitcoin is gone.

Looking for Quality Loans on BTCJam:

  1. Pay Careful Attention to Lending History of the Account
    The loan pattern borrowers take is one major indicator. If the borrower has a history of taking out smaller loans and they start to borrow large sums of bitcoins after paying back loans that are small in comparison that is a huge red flag. It means on this latest round they’re intention most likely is to default and make off with your capital. Their strategy was to repay and gain trust on loans that are way smaller and now they’re borrowing larger and real sums of money. Say several bitcoins at once instead of fractions of a bitcoin. Watch out for this tactic used by fraudsters.
  2. BTCJam Can Be a Risky Proposition
    The  Lend to borrowers using bitcoin. Incorporate a few metrics in the interface which help to evaluate the credit worthiness of the candidate. However ultimately you as a lender assume a decent amount of risk. Namely default risk, the possibility the person you lend to will simply choose to not pay you back leaving you stuck holding the bag.
  3. Hypothesize the Feasibility of the Loan
    Example: Would you lend a stranger $100 if they said they’d give you $110 in a week? Chances are you wouldn’t lend them the money. This is how many loans sound, unbelievable. Use common sense investing and play it safe, high returns are most likely going to default.
  4. People Don’t Make Bitcoin Cloud Mining – Stay Away
    Cloud mining was a great promise at one point, bringing mining to the masses on any scale, currently it is something that will lose you money quickly. Many investors ask money for cloud mining, which is rarely profitable, especially in the short run.

BTCJam in the end is a very risky proposition. The idea behind it is sound. Lend to borrowers using bitcoin. Incorporate a few metrics in the interface which help to evaluate the credit worthiness of the candidate. However ultimately you as a lender assume a decent amount of risk. Namely default risk, the possibility the person you lend to will simply choose to not pay you back leaving you stuck holding the bag.

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“BTCJam Requires Attentive Eyes To Differentiate the Scams from Quality Investments”

There is not a single foolproof method for lending out bitcoin at a profit. Even though the site is more than a year old, it is still at the developmental stage, currently. We see tremendous potential for crowdfunding bitcoin for investments through BTCJam, in concept, however at this point in time one bad loan could set you back, keep risk low by investing less in risky funds. That being said, create an account and let us know what experiences you’ve had with the site. It is key to be able to estimate which loans are more likely to be repaid back and which are going to default. The subtle nuances of what makes a loan creditworthy and what makes one likely to default is what we’re trying to figure out at a glance. More to come so stay tuned.

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  • GCT

    Have you tried bitlendingclub as well?

    • cryptocrooks

      Not yet, been meaning to setup an account there as well to try it out too. Possibly in the near future.

      • spruce moose

        It’s definitely worth a look around. The best bet is to lend to new accounts offering small “reputation loans” since they need reputation to offer bigger loans, they usually pay back the small ones in the beginning before getting thousands and running with it.

    • spruce moose

      We have not yet, what has your experience been on there? We have been looking for platforms to review and that’s a wonderful suggestion. I found another microlending website for bitcoin. but I forgot the name.

  • cryptocrooks

    Thanks awesome, thanks man. You do the fun btcpop yet? Check out our article, we are beginning to like it more and more the more we use it

  • Edward Anastas

    Been lending for a year or so as an investor, but recently realized it was a mistake… why. Because they automatically convert your bitcoin into dollars “to protect the borrower” (not the lender)… the question is… Why would I have purchased all these bitcoins so that the peer to peer lending websites (btcjam or bitbond) would convert it right back to dollars so if Bitcoin goes up, I would not realize any gains. it’s locked from when the loan was made at the dollar value now for 5 years in some cases!!! Bitbond at least has an option to only lend in Bitcoin, but that’s a mistake too. For example. If someone borrows bitcoin at $200 a bitcoin, then it increases to $450 (todays price), they now have to pay back twice as much in dollar value, thus making the already high potential default rate even higher. I think it’s a much better bet to just hold onto your bitcoin. DO NOT USE THE BITCOIN PEER TO PEER LENDING SYSTEM. It literally doesn’t make any sense.

  • Fred What

    here are my BTCJam stats:

    Loans Amount
    In Funding (0) $ 0.00
    Current Receivables (193) $ 2,192.84
    Fully Paid (69) $ 3,923.39
    Late 1-30 (105) $ 392.44
    Late 31-120 (117) $ 1,287.02
    Default (86) $ 1,847.84