Crypto Scams: Increasing in 2018, Growing More Personalized
Stealing crypto assets has never been more lucrative - so scams are becoming more creative.
Scams in 2018 are getting sleeker, and more dangerous, for contacting users new and old on a very personal level. While most threats are known, the enthusiasm for crypto assets decreases vigilance, and a sense of FOMO may make one overlook the red flags. Here are five types of common scams happening in 2018:
- ICO scams, or Scam ICOs: Participating in an ICO is inherently risky. Yet it should be a good type of risk, betting on a project's future. But participating in an ICO sometimes means never getting to see the new shiny tokens. Things to be aware of are ICOs with a shifty profile, bad communication, and pompous ideas. But even in high-quality ICOs, awareness is needed when sending funds. Look for solid whitelisting, and only use the official wallet address.
- Exchange scams: These range from very obscure exchanges with a stubborn withdrawal policy, to exchanges that simply take away Bitcoin and never return it. This type of scam is often seen around Bitcoin forks, which are only traded on very obscure markets. Avoid sending BTC to these exchanges, a forked coin may not be worth the effort. KuCoin had a recently cloned scam page that has been flagged in the past days.
- Impersonation scams: Because crypto advice hinges on personalities, stealing accounts and impersonations, as well as a variety of faked news, opinions, and screenshots, may create confusion and lead to unwise decisions.
Definitely not the Official McAfee:
As predicted what was a $0.10 Ico coin is current trading on idex between $0.43 and $0.50 and hasn’t even hit livecoin or hitbtc exchanges yet !! Looks to be an X5 or more coin and only gonna rise. Get on it peoples 🚀🚀🚀👌🏻💴💴— John Mcafee (@officialMcafeee) 1 лютого 2018 р.
- Fake Giveaways: Fake giveaways sometimes use impersonation of Twitter accounts. Giveaways have been fashionable for a while, to popularize up and coming digital assets. But if you have been asked to make a deposit first, and then receive your airdrop, run fast: you will certainly not see the deposit ever again. Asking for private keys is, in most cases, also a sign of a scam:
ATTENTION! #SCAM ALERT— Doo-doo Mouth (@DoodooMouth) 19 січня 2018 р.
--- @AppCoinsNetwork ---
Is impersonating @AppCoinsProject
They deliver real news and updates, and claim free airdrops for all $APPC holders. Seems legit at first glance until they need your private key to receive free #appcoins $crypto
- Pyramid Schemes: One would think that after the crash of BitConnect, users would recognize new pyramid schemes. However, there are new projects, copying the approach of BitConnect in full or in part. DAVOR Coin is considered one of those projects. And since the scheme of BitConnect was somewhat hard to figure out, new and similar projects may exist for a while, scamming investors.
The amount of scams/ponzi/hacks/phishing currently going on in the crypto market is insane. It's hurting the market and something needs to be done. It's like a 'cancer', it needs to leave the body (market) before it can be healthy again.— Madoff wasn't on the blockchain (@bccponzi) 4 лютого 2018 р.
The best way to enter the world of crypto is through small-scale buying, in a high-quality exchange with a completed KYC process. If in doubt, it is better to pass up an opportunity than end up in a scam, with non-refundable transactions.