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Beware: Scam Facebook Ads Use Fake Forbes Cryptocurrency Articles

A European civil society organization promoting digital rights has issued warnings regarding new cryptocurrency-related scams. By impersonating reputable websites and running fake advertisements on Facebook, the scammers are duping victims to provide personal data and to invest in unexisting digital asset projects.Fake Cryptocurrency Investment OpportunitiesThe North Macedonia-based Metamorphosis Foundation – a member of the European Digital Rights (EDRI) network – reported today that fake...

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TRON’s Justin Sun Imitated in The Most Advanced ‘Deep-Fake’ Crypto Scam

Scammers are impersonating Tron founder Justin Sun in an attempt to steal money from unsuspecting victims.The scammers target cryptocurrency projects under the guise of forming partnerships with Tron. They even go so far as to invite victims to a “live” Skype call with Tron CEO Justin Sun himself.But when invitees launch the Skype call, they’re greeted by a pre-recorded video of Justin Sun with the scammer’s voice laid on top of it. The scammer pauses the video of Sun whenever their target...

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Chamath Palihapitiya And Steve Ballmer Names Involved In Fake Bitcoin Giveaways On YouTube

Founder and CEO of Social Capital, Chamath Palihapitiya, and current Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer were the latest popular individuals to had their names involved in fake Bitcoin giveaways on YouTube.With the rising number of similar scams on social media platforms, the question remains on the potential consequences on the community and legitimate cryptocurrency content creators.Steve Ballmer. Photo by: CBSsportsFake Bitcoin Giveaways ContinueDuring the weekend, scammers...

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If the Coinbase CEO Can Fall for This Old Trick, Anyone Can

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong just fell for the oldest trick in the crypto-twitter playbook.When Harry Potter author J.K Rowling made a surprise entrance to the Bitcoin space this weekend, Armstrong attempted to welcome her in. When Rowling apparently made a $100 BTC purchase, Armstrong told her to get over to Coinbase and urged her to check out all the other crypto assets on offer.Coinbase CEO’s Bitcoin MistakeOnly the account Armstrong replied to was a fake one. J.K Rowling did not purchase...

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The New PlusToken: Chinese Scam WOTOKEN Stole Over $1 Billion Worth of Bitcoin And Other Cryptocurrencies

Recent Chinese reports indicate that a new cryptocurrency scam, resembling the notorious PlusToken, has been brought to trial this week. Dubbed WOTOKEN, allegedly scammed over 700,000 users and absorbed more than $1 billion worth of Bitcoin and other digital assets.The New Chinese Threat: WOTOKENAccording to local reports, the trial began on May 14th in the People’s Court of Binhai Country, Yancheng City, against six defendants allegedly operating the WOTOKEN project. More specifically, the...

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Research: Ethereum Blockchain Ponzi is Grinding Network To a Halt and Hiking Fees

The Ethereum blockchain is suffering a period of heavy congestion, partly caused by what appears to be a Ponzi scheme. Thousands of transactions are being pinged all across the network—all leading to a single address, which now holds $5.3 million worth of Paxos Standard (PAX) tokens.That address belongs to the operators of MMM Global – a multi-level marketing scheme that offers 1% returns on investment per day. Targets are urged to contract more people into the scheme, with the promise of...

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Two Companies Charged $15 Million For Running Crypto And Binary Options Scams

The US Commodity and Futures Exchange Commission (CFTC) has charged the executives of two companies for alleged involvement in scams with cryptocurrencies and binary options. Both fraudulent activities had misleading marketing campaigns claiming to bring quick and significant profits regardless of any price movements.CFTC Charges New ScamsPer the document released earlier this week, two massive fraudulent solicitation schemes occurred between October 2013 and August 2018. The first one...

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Arrests in Southeast Asia Occur Following Series of Crypto Scams

Crypto scams are nothing new, and now several people are finding themselves facing jail time and other harsh penalties for allegedly taking part in a series of them within China and Malaysia.Crypto Scams Keep HappeningOfficials from the latter country have arrested approximately 14 separate individuals for their alleged roles in a series of crypto scams that took place over the span of several months. All individuals arrested are Chinese nationals that were living and working out of Malaysia,...

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Judge Issues Arrest Warrants Of Former Washington Senator Involved In Alleged Crypto Scam

A Texas federal judge has issued bench warrants for the arrest of a former Washington state senator and his partner after failing to appear for a hearing. The two men, David Schmidt and Robert Dunlap, have been involved in a purported cryptocurrency scam dubbed Meta 1 Coin. The SEC Charges A Crypto Scam On March 20th this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had obtained an asset freeze and other emergency relief to halt an ongoing securities fraud. Robert...

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Ripple Files A Lawsuit Against YouTube For Failing To Prevent XRP Giveaway Scam Videos

Ripple, the payment protocol and the company behind the third-largest cryptocurrency XRP, is taking legal action against the video giant YouTube. The firm wants to hold the platform accountable for not fighting the increased number of giveaway scams and false impersonations appearing on its website. Ripple Sues YouTube In a recent post, Ripple announced that it will file a lawsuit against the most widely-used video sharing platform. The company blames YouTube for not taking the necessary...

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