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Jun 22, 2021

Aaron Lammer, author and host of the Exit Scam podcast, recounts the mysterious and controversial death of QuadrigaCX’s founder Gerald Cotton. Show highlights:

  • A quick recap of QuadrigaCX
  • why Aaron felt compelled to create a series on QuadrigaCX
  • how Gerald Cotton, a lifelong Ponzi-addict, came to be the CEO of Canada’s largest crypto exchange
  • what Ponzi-schemes Gerald ran before starting Quadriga CX
  • why customers trusted QuadrigaCX and what red flags were readily apparent looking back
  • the sketchy tactic Gerald used to single-handedly boosted QuadrigaCX’s trading volume by 30% 
  • a new wife, empty wallets, a hastily written will, and the circumstances surrounding Gerald’s shocking death
  • how Gerald’s dark web background might have prepared him to fake his own death
  • what the chances are that Canadian authorities exhume Gerald’s body 
  • why Aaron is skeptical Gerald’s widow was “in” on the QuadrigaCX fiasco


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Aaron Lammer


  • Treats Media -- podcast platform (2018+)
  • Exit Scam







  1. The Lost Password
  2. The Co-Founder
  3. The Ponzi Schemer
  4. The Chris Markay Account
  5. The Old Friend
  6. The Coffin


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