The Grotto: Crypto, NFTs, & An Online Hellscape (Part 2)

The Grotto: Crypto, NFTs, & An Online Hellscape (Part 2)

This is episode is sponsored by Better Help.

On this week’s show, the second installment of our wide-ranging, in-depth, and ultimately hopeful talk with four people lured into The Grotto — a mostly online hub for digital art that turned into a kind of Ponzi cult with plenty of love bombing and possible fraud. Our guests — anonymous, but going by Charm, Kateryna, Shayna, and Fomo — say it all begins with Jaime Dubuar Dean, aka “@thr33som3s,” who is a supposed former professional baseball player-turned digital artist who used Discord to coerce people to invest in his NFTs. With each dollar spent on his art, he promised that his followers could get closer to him. Our guests will say that Dean used coercion, financial manipulation, and empty promises to draw them in. And then he took his power too far. 


Our artists are mostly anonymous, but you can find Kateryna — and her incredible art — here and here.


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