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June 22, 2017, 05:26:29 PM
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What happened::
I use a legit tumbler (http://bitblendervrfkzr.onion) but had misplaced the URL so I googled 'bit blender' and the top result returned was 'www.bit-blender.com‎'. This site is a clone of the existing bit-blender website, looks exactly the same and in my haste I carelessly browsed to the login page and entered my credentials. I was granted access to the site and was presented with a bitcoin wallet address on the deposit page which, looks more or less the same as the actual site. I fired off 0.04379088 BTC over to the deposit address provided on the site (1Lcniq4v61f8mhqERqa22RqaSwZDL75SJN) and waited for signs of activity. When an hour had passed with no change I became concerned and checked out the support page. I looked on blockchain.info and verified that the transaction had been confirmed 6 times already so raised an inquiry on the support page of bit-blender.com. Not surprisingly I received no response and started getting suspicious. That's when I twigged and realised that I was not on the genuine site and had been scammed. I went back to bit-blender.com and logged in again using made up credentials, which were accepted. If you go to the deposit page you just get a random bitcoin wallet address each time. The actual bitblender site shows all the wallet addresses you've used before and how much BTC you've received on each address historically. Obviously this is not present on the scam site. I did spot this but just assumed the site had been updated and they had taken the decision not to present this information on the deposit page anymore. Clearly had other things on my mind... Bit of a nightmare but lesson learned. Hopefully this helps someone in the future. I cannot see any information anywhere about this scam site so presumably is relatively new. WHOIS information shows this domain was Created on 2017-02-21, Updated on 2017-06-12. It's managed by namecheap so I might get in touch with them and explain what has happened.

Scammers Profile Link:

https://www.bit-blender.com

Reference Link:

NA

Amount Scammed:

0.04379088BTC/£93.00

Payment Method:

Bitcoins

Proof of Payment:

https://blockchain.info/address/1Lcniq4v61f8mhqERqa22RqaSwZDL75SJN

PM/Chat Logs:

NA

Additional Notes:

None - It's all explained above
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June 22, 2017, 08:18:40 PM
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Bad luck, always check the url before sending any money. Also there is quite difference between onion domains and com domains, so you need to be more careful. Anyways since they are advertising on google, you could tell your situation to google and maybe they'll be able to help you. I do not think namecheap will be able to do that, and probably if they are smart the site is made pretty anonymously after all.


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June 23, 2017, 02:12:38 AM
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Are you sure that the first one who appear on google page this fake website? I tried it on my browset but it appears the bitblender.io not the fake one. It's really recommended that you have to double or even tripled checked the url once you want to use this kind of service because there's already too many clone site such service like this that wants to scam people.

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June 23, 2017, 11:12:10 AM
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Are you sure that the first one who appear on google page this fake website? I tried it on my browset but it appears the bitblender.io not the fake one. It's really recommended that you have to double or even tripled checked the url once you want to use this kind of service because there's already too many clone site such service like this that wants to scam people.

Yeah. As you can see from the image below, google ads shows scam sites on their ads. However this is not a new thing, it has always been like that since i do not think they really filter out that much of the ads they put up



As you can see, there is bitblender clone site and bitmixer clone site, which are meant to scam users. If it is advertised on google ads, that should ring a bell already.


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August 05, 2017, 01:15:28 PM
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you need to double and triple check you are sending to the right address
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