On January 19, 2021, spot market trades on Gate.io showed signs of falsified numbers. Below are the distributions of leading, second, and third digits for the size of executed trades as compared to Benford’s law expected distributions. Evidence based on Benford’s law has been used by ACFE to discern naturally occurring statistical deviations from fraud.
Gate.io demonstrated a noticeable overuse of certain numbers, possibly indicating non-standard trading activity on the exchange. Order size distribution for various coins deviated from other markets and contradicts Benford’s law. Similar anomalous trading patterns have been observed across trading pairs listed on this exchange.