Bitcoin Cash (BCH) saw a sharp but short-lived uptick in its value on Friday after the publication of a fraudulent press release claiming that U.S. supermarket giant Kroger would be accepting the cryptocurrency as payment this holiday season.
- The crypto rose over 4.6% from $602.63 at around 11.30 UTC to $630.70 less than 15 minutes minutes later following the fraudulent announcement’s publication. BCH subsequently gave back all its gains to fall below the price it had been prior to the announcement. At the time of writing it is priced at $601.74.
- As per the announcement, which was issued on PRNewswire and appeared on the Kroger website, the grocery retailer would be accepting BCH for all in-store and online purchases from Dec. 1.
- A company spokesperson confirmed to CoinDesk at 11:49 that the release was fraudulent and advised that further information would be provided in due course. At press time, the release had been removed from the company site.
- This fraud is similar to the one in September which fraudulently claimed that Walmart would start to accept litecoin.
- Bitcoin cash, the world’s 21st largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization at the time of writing according to CoinMarketCap data, was formed out of a hard fork on the bitcoin network in 2017.