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If you're looking to invest in Cryptocurrency, you could  be vulnerable to phising and Ponzi schemes.

So how can you avoid them?

1. Be skeptical of emails that mentions Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).

Scammers have stolen millions by impersonating real Cryptocurrency issuers.
Look for spelling and grammar errors, and verify the email address before sending  any payments.

2. Watch out for fake websites.

Look for the "secure"  and "https" markers before a website's URL  in your browser.  If they are not there, the website  might be fraudulent. Also,  check for tiny dots under the letters in the url that could be mean the site is fake.


3. Don't trust unverified twitter accounts.

Even if they look like they belong to Cryptocurrencies  or their founders, they might be scammers in disguise and be wary of anyone on twitter who asks you to send them Cryptocurrency.


Like any investment, there is a risk involved in Cryptocurrency.
Even legitimate coin issuers can be hacked, so think twice before sending money to anyone.




AVOIDING FRAUDULENT

•  Spot imposters. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.  
•  Do online searches. Type a company or product name into your favorite search engine with words like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” Or search for a phrase that describes your situation, like “IRS call.” You can even search for phone numbers to see if other people have reported them as scams.

•  Don’t believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.

•  Don’t pay upfront for a promise. Someone might ask you to pay in advance for things like debt relief, credit and loan offers, mortgage assistance, or a job. They might even say you’ve won a prize, but first you have to pay taxes or fees. If you do, they will probably take the money and disappear.

•  Consider how you pay. Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in, but some payment methods don’t. Wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram is risky because it’s nearly impossible to get your money back. That’s also true for reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit or Vanilla. Government offices and honest companies won’t require you to use these payment methods.

•  Talk to someone. Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry. They might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do an online search, consult an expert — or just tell a friend.

•  Hang up on robocalls. If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC. These calls are illegal, and often the products are bogus. Don’t press 1 to speak to a person or to be taken off the list. That could lead to more calls.

•  Be skeptical about free trial offers. Some companies use free trials to sign you up for products and bill you every month until you cancel. Before you agree to a free trial, research the company and read the cancellation policy. And always review your monthly statements for charges you don’t recognize.

•  Don’t deposit a check and wire money back. By law, banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. If a check you deposit turns out to be a fake, you’re responsible for repaying the bank.
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SCAM wm-center.es

Another thread of proven scams.

Adding this thread ⚠ List of SCAM ICO! [PROVED]  by bl4nkcode.
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May 10, 2018, 02:43:45 PM
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2. Watch out for fake websites.

Look for the "secure"  and "https" markers before a website's URL  in your browser.  If they are not there, the website  might be fraudulent. Also,  check for tiny dots under the letters in the url that could be mean the site is fake.



Https mean: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure, if a site have it, that doesn't mean the site is legit and not fake, it simple mean the your connection with the site is private,
you can even get it for free, what you can do, is to check the Organisation that the certificate is Issued To.

 

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May 10, 2018, 04:26:27 PM
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Unfortunately, many people don't understand Crypto well, so malicious people are using new tactics to steal from unknowing people. While there are many upsides to crypto being unregulated (such as no infringement n privacy), it's the kind of environment where scams thrive. If you get ripped off, there is no one to send a complaint to; however, the best way to avoid scams is to stay informed!

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May 10, 2018, 05:53:26 PM
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2. Watch out for fake websites.

Look for the "secure"  and "https" markers before a website's URL  in your browser.  If they are not there, the website  might be fraudulent. Also,  check for tiny dots under the letters in the url that could be mean the site is fake.



Https mean: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure, if a site have it, that doesn't mean the site is legit and not fake, it simple mean the your connection with the site is private,
you can even get it for free, what you can do, is to check the Organisation that the certificate is Issued To.

 

Very true. You could get a free https certificate on sites like CloudFlare. The thing is though, most phishing sites don't even bother on getting an https certificate. So an exchange without a https certificate should automatically be a huge red flag.

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June 25, 2018, 04:28:14 PM
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You have made short post but not enough facts on this, I suggest you to write more facts so people won't loss in SCAM ICO's.
I would give plus one to you for this topic.
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You have made short post but not enough facts on this, I suggest you to write more facts so people won't loss in SCAM ICO's.
I would give plus one to you for this topic.
Thank you for your feedback. I will work on it and I'll update the post after making your suggestions.
Https mean: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure, if a site have it, that doesn't mean the site is legit and not fake, it simple mean the your connection with the site is private,
you can even get it for free, what you can do, is to check the Organisation that the certificate is Issued To.
Yes it is, but I'm referring on the dots below the website. That's why I put an example image that will guide you on that violently little things.
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June 26, 2018, 08:00:27 AM
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The best way for avoiding ICO scam is not investing in ICO. Even if you check all basic criteria of ICO and its legal, you still have a chance to get scam. So minimum your risk in investing ICO is not investing in ICO time. If you really like this project, follow their telegram/twitter and facebook to get news/information and know when it will be listed. When it be listed on exchanges, its your time to buy more because at the moment in bear market, all new tokens/coins are lower price than ICO price even with bonus. So buy and hold when it listed, is best way.

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The best way for avoiding ICO scam is not investing in ICO. Even if you check all basic criteria of ICO and its legal, you still have a chance to get scam. So minimum your risk in investing ICO is not investing in ICO time. If you really like this project, follow their telegram/twitter and facebook to get news/information and know when it will be listed. When it be listed on exchanges, its your time to buy more because at the moment in bear market, all new tokens/coins are lower price than ICO price even with bonus. So buy and hold when it listed, is best way.

Your suggestion will be a benefit and safer than directly enter into an ICO earlier by waiting post ICO, actually there is other benefit other than avoiding Scam ICO that is the certainty for entering the project which pass the softcap. But this kind thing should not take generally because if everybody wait the project until enter to exchange, there will be no more successful ICO and lead to no project enter into exchange. So, it is better to still support ICO but the research should be deeper. I hope the ICO is still required to be supported as the starting stage of a project in crypto.
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June 26, 2018, 11:12:16 AM
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hi. Thank you so much for this useful guide!
People now don't have excuses. you have to just follow these simple steps in order to protect yourself from scammers.
thank you so much again!
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Great resource, I have a couple of friends that have been scammed and another one had their account hijacked. This advice should be a compulsory read for all newbies.
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information is very useful, but today the SEC has released education related to ICO to the public, as a repressive action to avoid any scam site that offers investment by ICO.

The SEC created a site explaining the scam criteria for ICO. the site is howeycoin.com, this scam site was created by the SEC to provide education to every society, so they can choose a good ICO and do not have the potential scam.

some of the common signs of ICO scam are.
1. high profit
2. SEC claims complain
3. pump and dump only.
4. endorsement of celebrities

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Thanks for this thread, now I have some points to review back before jump into some ICOs. Do Your Own Research (DYOR) is very important and must be done before dealing with an ICOs. You give me a clear explanation about how to review ICOs. Once again, it's a very helpful thread.

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Greatly thankful for this information. We all know that nowadays people are really getting involve and become a victim of different kinds of scams, most especially beginners here in the crypto currency community. This is one way for them and for all of us to be warned and be informed to avoid being scammed.

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thanks for the suggestion, right now we can see many ICO that just find the money and not run their project in real or we can call it SCAM. and it will make the investor trapped because the bonus and the fake benefit that the developer said, so we should think twice also do some research about it before we invest on it

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Many today are scam investment, phishing sites and so on. So it's a great help especially for new comers to understand and of course be careful of the websites they go to.
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Grateful to you for this insightful work which will go along way in helping to identify the illegal ICOs before we invest or work to promote them. I will suggest that you keep updating the data base often to accommodate more that will come later on.

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Many today are scam investment, phishing sites and so on. So it's a great help especially for new comers to understand and of course be careful of the websites they go to.
Great help to, So I refer my friends to read this thread,
Thanks for the kind words. If you have some questions related you can aske here so that we can further discuss more about scams in order to avoid it.
Grateful to you for this insightful work which will go along way in helping to identify the illegal ICOs before we invest or work to promote them. I will suggest that you keep updating the data base often to accommodate more that will come later on.
Just follow the tips to avoid being scammed. Just be careful where you invest because a lot of scammers inside and out the forum. 
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So many of the cryptocurrncy project are scammers,they only deceive investors and scam them but bettter stil there still some good ICO,s to invest on but this needs good research of the platform before investing

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Here also blog on the topic, it considers ICOs specifically, but should be interesting in relation to the scams: https://icoguide.com/en/blog/how-to-identify-scam-icos
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July 04, 2018, 10:20:43 PM
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Nice work bud. This is gonna be useful here in crypto world. I have a suggestion or for additional topic that will help us too. Can you gave us the importance of using 2-factors authenticator?


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