John McAfee’s death has sparked a lot of theories and stories during the last few days. McAfee was found dead on June 23, 2021, just after the Catalan justice department ruled for his extradition to the US. The local authorities told the press that “everything pointed to suicide.” However, McAfee’s widow Janice and John’s close associates have stressed to the media that the 75-year old McAfee was not suicidal.
Furthermore, interesting theories and stories starting appearing on the internet, as some people have speculated on a dead man’s switch theory. Additionally, reports have also connected McAfee to a secret bitcoin mining farm dubbed the Spanish “ghost hotel.” Following McAfee’s death and the droves of wild theories, a website appeared on the internet for a brief period of time.
The website was called britbonglogpost.com and people had managed to archive the page before it disappeared. Currently, the domain gives a user a server error, but looking at the archived page on archive.org shows a pop-art drawing of John McAfee and a countdown timer. The text on the page says: “Contingency plan activated. Something big is coming.” The text is written above the timer, which was counting down roughly 28 days to reveal something.
Under the timer, there’s an Etherscan address to the whackd (WHACKD) token contract McAfee announced on November 11, 2019. The token is an ERC20 coin that was launched on the McAfee Dex platform for trading. Etherscan shows there’s currently a max supply of 790,184,970 whackd among 30,587 whackd holders. Under the britbonglogpost.com’s Etherscan URL highlighted in neon green, the website also says:
“All the right people are scared. They should be.”
McAfee told the crypto community about the whackd token on various occasions. When McAfee revealed the whackd ERC20, the advertisement featured a picture of Hillary Clinton. Whackd is meant to be deflationary and burn tokens as transactions are spent. “10% of all transactions will be burned (WHACKD!) + 1 out of 1000 transactions will be burned (WHACKD!),” the coin’s ad said.
The joke behind the whackd token is tied to the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged suicide. Following the launch of whackd, McAfee revealed an “Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself” contest, and he said the competition’s winners would get 10% of the coin’s supply at the time. Then a few weeks later on December 1, 2019, McAfee shared the fact that he got a tattoo of the text “$WHACKD” on his arm.
The whackd token didn’t really get much attention back in 2019 and the following year. The price of WHACKD was trading for less than a penny on June 24, 2021, but the following day, McAfee’s coin surged by 733% and reached an all-time high (ATH) of $0.075 per unit. Since the ATH, the coin’s value has shed more than 46% and it currently is changing hands for $0.04 per unit. During the last 24 hours, the whackd token has seen $2.4 million in global trade volume on Uniswap.
Unfortunately, in addition to the legitimate whackd (WHACKD) token launched by McAfee, a number of scam tokens stemming from Ethereum and the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) have appeared on Uniswap, Pancakeswap, and advertised on forums. Originally, the real whackd token was only available via the McAfee Dex platform. However, at the time of writing, the McAfee Dex web portal doesn’t work and leaves redirect links to other McAfee web-related domains.
Anyone trading the whackd token should very cautious and double-check the legitimate contract address. Traders need to understand there’s a lot of copycat ERC20s with the same “whackd” token name being used to scam people. While investigating this subject, Bitcoin.com News traversed upon three phony whackd tokens issued on ETH and BSC and four scam ads published by anons on Reddit.