According to Kaspersky Lab, cryptocurrency scammers are luring users to fake cryptocurrency exchanges through Discord channels and trying to collect a database for sale on the darknet.
According to an article on the blog of cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, cryptocurrency scammers targeted users of the popular Discord chat platform among gamers, offering them to get free BTC or ETH on a fake cryptocurrency exchange.
Scammers send messages to users of Crypto Discord Servers on behalf of a new exchange that distributes crypto assets for free to “selected lucky people”. Potential victims are asked to register on the exchange, providing their personal data, and either make a small deposit in cryptocurrency, or go through a process similar to KYC.
When victims try to claim a free cryptocurrency, they are asked to top up their account with a certain amount, such as 0.02 BTC, or the equivalent in ETH or US dollars. Then a free cryptocurrency is allegedly credited to the user’s account, but it cannot be withdrawn from the platform, as well as the deposit made before.
According to Kaspersky Lab analysts, the constantly changing name of the exchange (one of the names is withEREUM) looks quite convincing and well misleads users due to the tools that are characteristic of real exchanges, for example, two-factor authentication.
According to the report, in addition to stealing users ‘ cryptocurrency, scammers can collect a database of crypto asset owners to “sell it for a good price on the darknet.”
Recall that at the end of last year, cybersecurity specialists at Kaspersky Lab predicted an increase in the number of cryptocurrency crimes in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which damaged national economies.