The 1 billion EOS giveaway scam
The 1 billion EOS giveaway scam
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The 1 billion EOS giveaway scam

By Alfredo de Candia - 3 Jun 2020

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In a Telegram group, which apparently seems to be that of EOS, users are invited to follow a link to a Block.one announcement of a 200,000 EOS giveaway scam, called EOS for Prosperity.

 

The scary thing about this giveaway scam is that criminals have managed to create a completely perfect copy of the original Eos.io. The scam website is Eos-io.net, something that isn’t really checked by everyone, creating confusion about which one is the original.

The less prudent users might start reading and not notice that none of the links are working, which should already set off the first wake-up call; moreover, it would be enough to check the official Twitter page to see that no giveaway is reported.

Going into more detail, some macroscopic errors related to this giveaway can also be seen: in fact, users who will send between 200 and 50 thousand EOS will participate in a pool of 1 billion EOS, which is slightly less than the total EOS supply.

Some other information reported is also inconsistent, such as a 10 million EOS airdrop, a figure that Block.one has staked to vote for Block Producers (BP) during a vote that took place a couple of days ago.

When checking the scammer account we see that it was created only on May 22nd using the Exodus wallet, thereby exploiting a system that leaves no trace of who is actually behind this scam. Or at least that’s what the criminals believe: in fact, the transaction started from the hitbtcpayout account that belongs to the HitBTC exchange, so it would be enough to cross the data to find the culprit.

Unfortunately, no crypto and no blockchain escape the criminals’ network. These scams are increasingly evolving, as in the case of the recent scam against Ripple, which was so perfect that it was published by a magazine.

Alfredo de Candia
Alfredo de Candia

Android developer for over 8 years with a dozen of developed apps, Alfredo at age 21 has climbed Mount Fuji following the saying: "He who climbs Mount Fuji once in his life is a wise man, who climbs him twice is a Crazy". Among his app we find a Japanese database, a spam and virus database, the most complete database on Anime and Manga series birthdays and a shitcoin database. Sunday Miner, Alfredo has a passion for crypto and is a fan of EOS.

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