Scammers are always coming up with new ways to take your money using cryptocurrencies. Anyone who insists on payment in bitcoin is a dead giveaway of a fraud. In reality, anyone who informs you that you must pay via wire transfer, gift card, or cryptocurrency is a con artist. Of course, if you pay, you almost never get it back. That is what the con artists are banking on. Here are some bitcoin scams to be on the lookout for.
Scams involving investments and business opportunities
- Some businesses offer that you may make a lot of money in a short period of time and attain financial independence.
- Some fraudsters claim that you must pay in cryptocurrencies in order to be able to attract people into a scheme. They claim that if you do, you will receive recruiting bonuses in cryptocurrency. They promise that the more bitcoin you pay, the more money you’ll make. They are, however, all false promises and pledges.
- Some scam artists start with unsolicited solicitations from ostensibly legitimate “investment managers”. These swindle artists say that if you send them the bitcoin you purchased, they would help you raise your money.
- Some fraudsters send unsolicited job offers to assist in recruiting cryptocurrency investors, selling cryptocurrency, mining cryptocurrency, or converting cash to bitcoin.
- Some scammers post fake job postings on employment boards. They will promise you a job (for a price), but then steal your money or personal information.
Look for statements like these to help you identify firms and individuals to avoid:
Scammers promise that you will make money. It’s a fraud if they guarantee you’ll make money. Even if a celebrity backs it up or there are testimonials. (These are easily forged)
Scammers make big quantities of money available with assured returns. Nobody can promise a certain return, such as double your money. Much less in such a short time.
Scammers make promises of free money. They’ll promise it in cash or cryptocurrencies, but free money is always a ruse.
Scammers make grandiose claims with little facts or reasons. Smart investors want to know where their money is going and how it is being spent. And smart investment advisors want to share that knowledge.
Check it out before you invest. On the internet, look for the firm name and the cryptocurrency name, as well as terms like “review, scam, or complaint”. Examine what others are saying. Also, learn more about other typical investment swindles.
Emails used for blackmail
Scammers frequently send emails claiming to have humiliating or incriminating images, videos, or personal information about you. Then they threaten to make it public unless you pay them in cryptocurrency. It’s not a good idea. This is a kind of blackmail and illegal extortion. Inform the FBI as soon as possible.
Scams on social media
It’s a fraud if you read a tweet, text, email, or social media communication instructing you to send bitcoin. That is true even if the communication was sent by someone you know or posted by a celebrity you follow. Their social media accounts might have been compromised. Report the fraud to the social media network right away, and then to the FTC at reportfraud.ftc.gov.