Over the years, criminals have been struggling to find new ways to strike with scams and blackmail emails, often asking for rewards in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Unfortunately, this sector is full of shitcoins and scams and even The Cryptonomist has fallen victim to them.
Criminals have now also started using famous dating apps like Tinder pretending to be attractive girls and sending messages with information about new cryptocurrencies, promising large amounts of money if the victims send them an initial investment.
These scams can also be found in several posts on Reddit, a forum where some users have warned about the threat. Obviously, these alleged beautiful women spend several weeks chatting with the victims before the scam takes place, in order to gain the trust of the unfortunate.
The modus operandi is the same as on different social networks, but in this case, no one could ever imagine being in contact with a criminal since a user would hardly let slip a chat with a pretty girl who is also interested in crypto!
In other cases, people receive blackmail emails in which the criminal explains that they are in possession of sensitive information about the victim and asks for a fee in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency in order not to spread them.
Unfortunately, most users are not very used to checking the distinctive and significant elements of a project or a crypto scam.
How to detect a scam
First of all, if someone promises easy and incredible profits, surely it is a scam since no one can guarantee the success of an asset.
In the case of blackmail emails, on the other hand, it is most probably a fraud and therefore it is not necessary to send any payment because in reality there is no sensitive information that has been hacked.