All I see is Scammers…
Yeah, crypto is the new world order. Getting rich quickly. Following the hype. Sounds too good to be true. However, as is usually the case, you have the dark side rising too.
Now let me just add a quick overview of some scammer schemes. This list is not exhaustive as they come up with new ideas fairly quickly.
This one I encountered yesterday evening, when I went to Twitter to search for the official Yoroi Wallet account as I wanted to join a CNFT drop — but my Yoroi told me that they have issues. And there was this entry (or at least a similar one with the same email address):
Well, I am an old hare with 37 years and I do not fall for this. A professional support team won’t use Gmail — and they won’t share the address with you directly on Twitter as the help team has better things to do when a mass outage/error happens.
However, today I was replying to a tweet and I triggered another wave of scammers who post Google Forms where they ask for your SEED PHRASE. Never, never ever tell anyone your secured seed phrases. Crypto Wallets let you write down these words on purpose: your own safety. Anyone knowing these words has access to your funds. And technical teams do not need access to figure out bugs — trust me, I earn my living being a software developer for 14+ years.
And there were many responses:
I went a bit berserk and started to reply them. The result was instant:
Yeah! I am loving it.
Most interestingly, these profiles aren’t new. For example, manar_f1f was registered in 2013. Do not trust helpers.
The giving rich
I am planning an extra article on this topic as it is big. But to summarize: If someone holds a giveaway for an awful lot of money (or just an NFT in that size) then it is definitely a scam. If you look through their tweet history you see no giveaways. They’re doing them regularly but then those tweets disappear. Or they simply do not post any proof and everybody thinks they haven’t won. But nobody has.
The extended version is they showcase their wallet and/or OpenSea holdings, tell you how they made big money by selling a specific hyped NFT — and casually telling you that they’re minting a new project currently.
Here, Shannen has a profile made in September, 22 tweets since then (I made the screenshot around the 14th of October). And if you scroll through his profile now doesn’t yield this tweet.
I will address this kind of scam in more detail in the next article. The Pirates NFT scam worked just the same.
Update on the 18th of October 2021:
Without a comment. This is how scammers work. Call them out and they have their account changed.
If you share your address, everyone can look at your funds. Be it Ethereum or Cardano wallet.
Even though you see in Cardano wallets the hint that tells you generating a new address will help you protect your privacy: this is not true. There best example is pool.pm:
I have taken this image from a random wallet that participated in the Lunars drop on the 16th of October 10 am UTC. This is how the “magic” behind pool.pm works.
The same is true for Ethereum. For NFTs you can look at OpenSea:
Here, I have chosen a random Metaminds NFT owner.
And for the wealth in Crypto go to EtherScan:
As you can see, the full list of ERC tokens is visible here.
Keep your crypto secrets to yourself. The tech teams will never ask you to send funds, give them passwords or seed phrases.
If someone asks for nothing for a large sum of money then do not engage with them. They want something from you: follower count, suggesting the “next hype” that will be a scam/rug-pull.
Do not share your wallet addresses publicly. Everyone can look into your wallet if you do. That’s the price of decentralization.