In recent months, several people claiming to be Cointelegraph employees have demonstrated on LinkedIn and Telegram, as well as via email. These efforts often try to trick unsuspecting victims into sending payments in exchange for stories written about them or their businesses and posting them on the Cointelegraph.
By working with blockchain analytics and anti-money laundering companies Cointelegraph followed part of these activities and highlighted the situation.
“The fraudsters use the identity of trustworthy or influential people, such as journalists, in various ways to defraud cryptocurrency holders with money.” He said Coinfirm CMO and co-founder Grant Blaisdell, with reference to Cointelegraph on July 16 a violation that affected many high profile Twitter accounts on July 15, as well as a large number of other cases observed by your company over time.
Counterfeiters asked for payments
In March 2020 Blaisdell sent an email to Cointelegraph explaining that someone was pretending to be a Cointelegraph employee through a telegram account and requesting services for a payment.
The email from Blaisdell is not the first time that someone from Cointelegraph has marked a similar situation. On several occasions Corporations and individuals texted employees on social media asking them to validate what appeared to be suspicious correspondence they received from apparently Cointelegraph employees.
For example, Someone on social media with an image and biography of Cointelegraph employees can contact a person or company and offer to write and publish an article about the target company for a payment. This is a red flag in itself, because Cointelegraph does not work that way.
Cointelegraph documented several victims and reports
Cointelegraph has kept records from various phishing efforts that point to specific victims, data and known phishing accounts. Some incidents You went to billing goals, with a known event involving a real payment from a victim.
Use of Remitano, a full peer-to-peer custody exchange digital assets service, transferred the victim approximately 0.044 Bitcoin (BTC) (approximately USD 444 total) to the scammer’s BTC address at 3Nnfk8tZa3wBCgs9we7XecRQVHj4wUMdvQ. according to the findings of Coinfirm.
“The fraudster’s address appears to belong to a Coinbase cluster, and it can be assumed that he has an account on the stock exchange,” Blaisdell said in an email June 26th.
Crypto space can help
Cointelegraph takes action against fraudsters Industry participants can also help. Be skeptical when someone sends a message that seems strange or inappropriate, especially when a payment is mentioned. Notify employees royal point telegraph after receiving such a message That’s not a bad idea.
Blaisdell too total proactive measures found To explain:
“The way forward is a collective approach for the crypto-based economy to work with companies like Coinfirm that can provide the mechanisms and solutions to combat these cases and not only prevent the loss of millions of dollars, but can also create a new level Security and transparency for the financial system in general. “
Pay attention to the Internet in general, not only in the Cointelegraph copycat niche, but in all areas. Since the start of the corona virus pandemic, illegal daily internet activity has increased by 75% since May. This comes from data from the US FBI, which came to light at a government hearing in June.