This is not the first time a cryptocurrency scam clone site has been brought to the top of a Google search, but this one is very frightening.
As seen above the paid ad on Google looks like the legit Trezor site, however, this site has an added “e” in the URL. This might seem obvious to some people, but for others who may only be checking on their crypto investments once in a while, it might not be as apparent. It is always strongly recommended that you never click on a paid advertisement for a website in the cryptocurrency/blockchain industry on google.
This wasn’t the first time someone has tried to scam Trezor users, on their official blog site on July 1st, 2018 Trezor warned people about a similar phishing scam.
Trezor is a popular target since investors who typically have a lot of money in cryptocurrency will purchase hardware to keep their currency safe.
Twitter has been a home for cryptocurrency scammer bots that will try and scam users by sending ETH to receive some outrageous returns. However, some scammers have even gone as far as to hack Verified Accounts and change the name/pictures/followers to replicate prominent cryptocurrency figures. It got so bad that Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin changed his name to ” Vitalik Buterin NON-GIVER of ETH” so that people would not fall for the many cryptocurrency scams that comment under his posts.
The old saying “if something is too good to be true its probably not” is extremely relevant in the cryptocurrency market. If someone is offering guaranteed returns or outrage returns like 1% a day, it is too good to be true. A common practice to hold for websites that have private information is to bookmark the official sites. That way you won’t be going to any scam sites by accident. Another good practice is to not click on URL links posted on Reddit or dodgy websites as they might be redirecting you to a clone website.
Coindesk once created an article on Omisego and linked an airdrop URL, but it was actually a clone website that was fake. This resulted in a lot of people clicking on the fake site as they trusted Coindesk and thought it was a real offering. Instead, users should go to the official Omisego website and find the airdrop information. It might take some extra time to search through the official websites but it will save you a lot of money and headaches in the event that you click on a clone site by accident.
Images by Tim and Cryptounit.com
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