Bitcoin’s mysterious creator has always been a topical conversation, and over the years numerous self-proclaimed blockchain inventors have said that they once played the role of Satoshi Nakamoto. Of course, none of these so-called satoshis has ever proven this to the larger cryptocurrency community, but it hasn’t stopped many people from trying.
Lots of satoshis with little evidence
Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of the Bitcoin blockchain, has always been one of the most popular topics in the crypto community as the story is a thought-provoking puzzle. Nakamoto could be an individual or a group, and there have been many theories that have led people to suspect a number of well-known candidates.
Then there have been individuals who have outright proclaimed that they created the Bitcoin protocol, and they also produce wild stories that are used with the intent of influencing people’s minds. There are also some people who didn’t actually say that they once filled Satoshi Nakamoto’s shoes aloud but left so-called clues so that they could get caught. Interestingly, there were no new self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamotos in 2021, but a few years earlier there were large numbers of alleged Bitcoin inventors.
The Hawaiian Nakamoto
In June 2018, chair guards discovered that a Hawaiian resident had made trademark inquiries for the name “Bitcoin Cash”. The trademark inquiries for “Bitcoin Cash” were submitted by a Hawaii-based Ronald Keala Kua Maria. At the time, Kua Maria was sitting on a variety of BCH and Satoshi Nakamoto-related web domains.
Kua Maria filed trademark requests with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) earlier that year, and his websites still exist to this day. The self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Ronald Keala Kua Maria’s website satoshinakamoto.ws, still says he’s the creator of Bitcoin.
The website says:
I, Ronald Keala Kua Maria, also known as the Satoshi Nakamoto inventor of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology, hereby certify that all of my copyrights, including a peer-to-peer stock-based electronic money system for reserve electronic currencies.
Phil Wilson “Scronty”
In September 2018, Bitcoin.com News spoke to a man named Phil Wilson, also known online as “Scronty”. Wilson also said he created the Bitcoin protocol and published a story in 2017 called “Bitcoin Origins” claiming he was 1/3 of the Satoshi Nakamoto group. Wilson claimed at the time that he worked with David Kleiman and Craig Wright.
Despite his “Bitcoin Origins” history, Wilson has no verifiable evidence that he invented the blockchain protocol. In addition, David Kleiman passed away and Craig Wright denied that Wilson was involved. Wright himself never convinced the larger crypto community that he invented the Bitcoin protocol. Wilson is still on Twitter to this day, but he doesn’t talk about his alleged involvement with the so-called Satoshi Nakamoto team as much as he did three years ago.
Debo Jürgen Etienne Guido
Back in 2019, a Belgian named Debo Jürgen Etienne Guido made some headlines because he claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Debo still says he is Satoshi Nakamoto to this day and has a Twitter account under the name @realsatoshin. The self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor also never proved he developed the technology, but he managed to gain 5,017 followers on Twitter.
Interestingly, Debo sent a written testimony to the court dealing with the Klieman v Wright case. In the letter, Debo said he was the “real and sole creator / creator of the Genesis block of the Bitcoin blockchain”. This week, Debo even responded to Elon Musk’s criticism of Bitcoin’s impact on the global climate.
“Once a bitcoin is generated, electricity transactions are far less compared to mining,” Debo told Musk. “Without a doubt, China has a big problem with respecting (misusing) the natural environment to generate electricity, but mining Bitcoin on green power plants is a win-win for ROI.”
In August 2019, Ivy McLemore & Associates, a marketing and PR agency specializing in fintech, published a press release about a man named Bilal Khalid. Although Khalid had no evidence that he was Satoshi Nakamoto, Ivy McLemore announced a three-part blog post with a wild story that insists that Khalid invented blockchain technology. Khalid’s blog posts stress that the 2008 crisis was the perfect time for the “final push to create bitcoin”.
Hey @ivymclemore just so you know that Bilal Khalid is not Satoshi Nakamoto. Have fun promoting his “reveal” while your name is dragged through the mud!
– Riccardo Spagni (@fluffypony), August 18, 2019
Khalid, of course, has no evidence and said that the cryptographic evidence he once had was lost forever. The self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor from Pakistan has not appeared since it was announced two years ago, and Ivy McLemore stopped tweeting altogether on November 4, 2019. The Pakistani native has been terribly quiet since that announcement and is likely to realize that no one believes him.
The same week that Ivy McLemore stopped tweeting, another self-styled Satoshi Nakamoto appeared on the scene claiming to be a “BitCoin Co-Founder.” The German Jörg Molt told the participants of the WCC Vegas Blockchain Week 2019 that he was Satoshi.
Molt also got an opportunity to take pictures with Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos and shared the picture as if Molt and Antonopoulos were close comrades. Antonopoulos immediately stated that this was not true and said he had absolutely no relationship with the long-haired pretender.
“Apparently a German person named” Jörg Molt “showed a selfie he had taken and told people that we are friends – this is a LIE,” tweeted Antonopoulos. “I don’t know him at all – I’ve heard from others that he claims to be the founder of Bitcoin and has thousands of BTC – A LIE.”
Nobody has seen Jörg Molt at conferences and events since 2019, and his claim by Satoshi Nakamoto is now a ridiculous reminder.
Self-appointed satoshis are becoming rare
There have been a large number of self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamotos over the past decade, but none of them have convinced. Even Bloomberg finance columnist Matthew Leising made a number of people believe that Satoshi Nakamoto was allegedly writing a book. Leising’s story was not verifiable at all, and nowadays he made no mention of that wild story he brought out into the open in the summer of 2018. At that time, the so-called Bitcoin inventor published a web portal called Nakamotofamilyfoundation.org with a cryptogram puzzle.
Whatever the case, pretending to be Satoshi Nakamoto brings some benefits and notoriety. This list barely scratches the surface when it comes to all of the alleged Nakamotos that emerged from the woodwork. However, since 2019 we have not seen any new people ascend to Nakamoto’s throne. But that doesn’t mean they won’t reappear.
What do you think of all the faketoshi that have cropped up in the past few years? Let us know what you think on this matter in the comments section below.
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