Discord users hit with Bitcoin giveaways scam

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Scammers attack Discord users on crypto-focused servers, with private messages that seem to come from bogus exchanges that give away Bitcoin and Ether. Kaspersky’s latest research reported that the hackers had also gone so far as to make the fake site look as persuasive as possible. The message includes a connection that opens up to a questionable trading site. It also details guidelines to accept the allegedly free crypto properties.

The picture below is a screenshot of the scammer post.

Investigators acknowledged the attention to detail in the architecture of the website, which goes as far as giving victims two-factor authentication. The bogus website also provides anti-phishing protection “to secure their accounts.” However, the team said:

The purpose is purely to add plausibility; the site’s true purpose is to transfer money from victim to criminal.

Upon conclusion of the registration process, the victim must make a deposit of 0.02 BTC (approximately $735 at the press time) or equal in ETH. The procedure also encourages victims to go through a KYC process that mimics legal trade, involves personal information and a selfie. The team claims that the scammers might compile a database of such information with a view to selling it to darknet pages.

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Victims are also willing to demand a free crypt; but, when it comes to removing money, the effort fails.

The alleged trade in question is known as “withEREUM” but it is normal for scammers to also change that information.


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