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May 19, 2018, 12:02:54 AM
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Had an unpleasant experience with Airdrop scum. I've got a link to an exclusive   high-necked Airdrope. Had to fill in the Google form and calmly wait for 50$. Before filling in the form, I've checked the company, of course and they seemed to be a big project, that was about to finish the airdrop. The Google form was enormous (20+ fields) and I have written there not only my personal wallet data, but also... PK! Yes, I was inexperienced and did it mechanically. I had no idea what a scum was. And, it is obvious now, that the form was fake. Naturally, I've lost almost  0,1 ETH and any desire to deal with Airdrops in the future. It's my fault, I know :-(. Had to be attentive and learn the experience of other people.
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May 19, 2018, 12:30:55 AM
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Had an unpleasant experience with Airdrop scum. I've got a link to an exclusive   high-necked Airdrope. Had to fill in the Google form and calmly wait for 50$. Before filling in the form, I've checked the company, of course and they seemed to be a big project, that was about to finish the airdrop. The Google form was enormous (20+ fields) and I have written there not only my personal wallet data, but also... PK! Yes, I was inexperienced and did it mechanically. I had no idea what a scum was. And, it is obvious now, that the form was fake. Naturally, I've lost almost  0,1 ETH and any desire to deal with Airdrops in the future. It's my fault, I know :-(. Had to be attentive and learn the experience of other people.

So these airdrop forms are actually asking for people's wallet private keys??? That's pretty low.

FYI, for everyone here, a private key is not needed in order to send funds to a wallet, only the public key, which is also known as the address. So if they are asking for a private key, at the very least they are asking for information they should not need in order to give funds away. They *would* need a private key in order to import the address and empty it of funds, though.
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May 19, 2018, 12:33:03 AM
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Had an unpleasant experience with Airdrop scum. I've got a link to an exclusive   high-necked Airdrope. Had to fill in the Google form and calmly wait for 50$. Before filling in the form, I've checked the company, of course and they seemed to be a big project, that was about to finish the airdrop. The Google form was enormous (20+ fields) and I have written there not only my personal wallet data, but also... PK! Yes, I was inexperienced and did it mechanically. I had no idea what a scum was. And, it is obvious now, that the form was fake. Naturally, I've lost almost  0,1 ETH and any desire to deal with Airdrops in the future. It's my fault, I know :-(. Had to be attentive and learn the experience of other people.

So these airdrop forms are actually asking for people's wallet private keys??? That's pretty low.

Yeah, and unfortunately a good amount of people actually fall for this for some reason. People always go straight to investing for "ez money", without even doing much thought and research on what the process is.

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May 19, 2018, 05:24:05 AM
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Thanks for sharing your story. I sent you some merit for it. I wish I could send *negative* merit to all those on this thread piling on with how you should have known better. I'm glad to see you treating this as a learning experience.

Here's my story. I got involved with Bitcoin a little over five years ago. Since money was really tight I couldn't buy much but I manged to earn little bits of it through faucets and sites that would pay you to complete simple tasks. I managed to amass about a half a BTC (at $90, so around $50 worth) in about six weeks. Then I came across this site called Mining United, which claimed that if you sent them some BTC, they would use it to mine more BTC and in four days send it back with what you'd earned mining. I knew nothing about mining or I would have been tipped off by the ridiculously high rate of return offered--25% in four days! My first batch came back as planned, so I put it back in, and then it never came back. I lost my entire cryptocurrency earnings. I still remember that icky feeling when I realized what happened.

Thank you very much wiser, both for the merits and your courage to post your story aswell!
Followed you on steemit, impressivly well written stories!

The things I learned from the scam far excels the 60$ I ve lost:
- I was so pissed about myself and wanted to get back the XRP so I came across airdrops. I took part in some very well running airdrops like Poly and HYDRO
- I registered at this forum right after the scam, met a lot of very nice people and learned a lot of things.
- I discovered bounties and found a new hobby: reading whitepapers, summarize them and translate them to German
- ...
So in the end I actually ve to say Thank you to my scammer Cheesy

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May 20, 2018, 01:11:43 PM
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I faced a similar skirmish act why trying to register for a partcular airdrop that required  me to input an activation code from my mail after registering to progress, on opening my mail i got a mail rather from my bitcoin wallet  account asking me to input an activation code because i tried accessing my account from a particular unknown IP address,,, then it dawned on me that my bitcoin wallet account has been hacked and wats remaining was the activation code from my mail,,,immediately i halted the whole process. Lesson try to make ur password to your wallets as unpredictable as possible and different from your mail password...lets secure our future.
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May 20, 2018, 03:38:35 PM
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sorry about your loss, hope that was the last sad experience for you.
thank you for sharing, your story could be a lesson for many people.

the most important thing is you can move on and be more careful.
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May 21, 2018, 06:17:14 AM
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sorry about your loss, hope that was the last sad experience for you.
thank you for sharing, your story could be a lesson for many people.

the most important thing is you can move on and be more careful.

Thanks! And hopefully it is a lesson for a lot of people. Eg. Twitter is full of scam attempts nowadays. It was definitly worth sharing If my story saved at least a single person from getting scammed

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May 21, 2018, 06:59:40 AM
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Well I guess this goes to prove the old adage, There's a sucker born every minute.
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May 21, 2018, 06:26:14 PM
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Thank you very much wiser, both for the merits and your courage to post your story aswell!
Followed you on steemit, impressivly well written stories!

The things I learned from the scam far excels the 60$ I ve lost:
- I was so pissed about myself and wanted to get back the XRP so I came across airdrops. I took part in some very well running airdrops like Poly and HYDRO
- I registered at this forum right after the scam, met a lot of very nice people and learned a lot of things.
- I discovered bounties and found a new hobby: reading whitepapers, summarize them and translate them to German
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So in the end I actually ve to say Thank you to my scammer Cheesy

Thanks for the Steemit follow. I hope to post on there soon, but real life has been crazy busy lately.

I am so glad that you can see the good even in a bad situation. Not only have you learned from the mistake, but you have gone on to contribute within the industry in a meaningful and profitable way. It's that characteristic which separates those who become successful from those who get stuck in a failure. You took stock of the situation, dealt with the sense of loss and shame (the latter being often sadly piled on by people on this forum), treated it as a learning experience, and then went on to make some good contacts and find your place in the industry. I can tell that you will do very well.

I honestly think getting scammed at one time or another is more the norm in this industry. It's a sad commentary on the bad actors within our industry and not on the victims. And valuable lessons can be gleaned, and so ultimately it's not so much whether or not you got scammed that reflects on your intelligence, etc., but what you choose to do once you realize that it happened to you.

May many take heart and hope from our stories. Getting scammed does not have to define us, nor be the end of the world for us. It really can be just a setback that we overcome. Thanks again for starting this thread.
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May 21, 2018, 11:33:51 PM
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I was scammed once of my bitcoin out of my ignorance. It happened around 2015 when I was still new to cryptocurrency.
I was desperately in need of cash so I decided to sell of my small BTC. I met this guy on facebook who gave me a site on where to sell it, to him he can't buy BTC from me without using that site, so foolishly believed him. After transferring to that site, the guy's number stopped connecting.
Well I learnt my lesson.
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May 22, 2018, 09:31:27 AM
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Such information sharing place will prevent future fraud damage.
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May 24, 2018, 08:40:40 AM
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This is a very good topic, thank you for opening this thread. Let me also share my ordeal. I was scammed recently of my hard earned Ethereum, through a link I got as an email. I received an email asking me to validate my ether wallet, unknown to me that it's a fraudulent link, immediately I clicked the link the hackers got access to my account and took all my Ethereum and other valuable altcoins. Please we all should thread with caution. Don't click on every link you receive in your mail.

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May 25, 2018, 03:44:12 AM
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This is a very good topic, thank you for opening this thread. Let me also share my ordeal. I was scammed recently of my hard earned Ethereum, through a link I got as an email. I received an email asking me to validate my ether wallet, unknown to me that it's a fraudulent link, immediately I clicked the link the hackers got access to my account and took all my Ethereum and other valuable altcoins. Please we all should thread with caution. Don't click on every link you receive in your mail.

So all you did to get your coins stolen was you clicked on a link? You didn't share a private key or anything like that? If so, that's really scary. Thanks for sharing.
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May 25, 2018, 07:04:49 PM
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This is a very good topic, thank you for opening this thread. Let me also share my ordeal. I was scammed recently of my hard earned Ethereum, through a link I got as an email. I received an email asking me to validate my ether wallet, unknown to me that it's a fraudulent link, immediately I clicked the link the hackers got access to my account and took all my Ethereum and other valuable altcoins. Please we all should thread with caution. Don't click on every link you receive in your mail.

I dont really know how this should be possible ... can you provide some details about what happened when you clicked the link?

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June 18, 2018, 09:15:12 AM
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It would be very nice if some of you could share stories how you got scammed. Its definitly worth it If your stories safes at least one person getting scammed ;-)

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June 18, 2018, 12:16:49 PM
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The beginning of this month, I received an e-mail from a fake Helbiz token official telling me they were organizing an airdrop that gives subscribers 5000 helbiz token, so I always excited about the whole deal because the stakes were too high as the last time I checked 1000 helbiz token was worth about 14$, so you could imagine how excited I was about the whole thing. In the e-mail I received, I was directed to a myetherwallet website which looked almost  genuinely as the original website, I was then instructed to connect my wallet to helbiz token smart contract address, I later realised how stubborn I was when I give my private keys out so easily like that. I remember I  felt really bad all day when it happened.
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June 19, 2018, 01:44:03 PM
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The beginning of this month, I received an e-mail from a fake Helbiz token official telling me they were organizing an airdrop that gives subscribers 5000 helbiz token, so I always excited about the whole deal because the stakes were too high as the last time I checked 1000 helbiz token was worth about 14$, so you could imagine how excited I was about the whole thing. In the e-mail I received, I was directed to a myetherwallet website which looked almost  genuinely as the original website, I was then instructed to connect my wallet to helbiz token smart contract address, I later realised how stubborn I was when I give my private keys out so easily like that. I remember I  felt really bad all day when it happened.

Sad to hear, but I am sure you learned a lot from your mistakes ;-) Did you lose any coins or did you enter a private key of an empty wallet?

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June 20, 2018, 01:11:43 AM
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Hi!

Practically every day, we read of cases where people get scammed, accounts being hacked and far too many coins are getting stolen. Almost all of these successful attacks are simply based on the fact that most of us are far too lax with their own data and accounts, or simply too good-faith (or greedy ;-). In order to sharpen the awareness of the methods of the scammers out there, I thought we could launch the series "How I met my Scammer". It would be great if every (near) victim briefly describes the story of how he or she was scammed, so we all have the chance to learn from the mistakes and to recognize similar situations in the future - and don't fall for the scam.

I'm going to start ;-)

Late December 2017: The ripple hype is almost at its peak. I open up Twitter that day and go through the tweets. One tweet catches my eye: A blog known to me is giving away 1000 ripple to everyone who retweets and comments their the tweet. I do so immediately.

A short time later, I am contacted by "the blog" that I would have won. The joy was of course huge, so I did not realize that the Twitter account was faked ... To receive my prize I had to sign up on a portal where I had a wallet which would contain my prize. Said and done. Unfortunately, the wallet in this account was not initialized yet, so I should send 20 XRPs to activate it, which of course I do immediately.
And indeed: Suddenly my wallet was "activated". The scamer now told me the price was not 1000 XRP, but 100% of the amount I send to the wallet. So if I send 100 XRP, I get 200 XRP as a prize. Now the alarm bells finally rang. I blocked the user, closed Twitter, and cursed myself and my lost 20 XRPs, which were worth $60 at that time.

I am very looking forward to your stories now!

Hi,

Unfortunately we can see such stories everywhere on the web and the common points is often greed ... There are many stories like that in this forum : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3490317.0

Greed and often when people give their private keys making an airdrop.

Each newbie should read this thread about security : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=935898.





wow, sad
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June 20, 2018, 02:50:29 AM
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I have also experienced being scammed few years back when I was still a newbie to bitcoin. My friend invited me to join an HYIP site. It's ROI is 3 months tops. I was hesitant at first since I don't know anything about bitcoin but one day I decided to join under my friend's referral link. First few weeks I was earning daily returns from what I invested. I was so overwhelmed hoping that I could reach ROI after 3 months as what the site promised but unfortunately, I was just paid for 13 days. I wasn't able to reach my ROI. My friend the one who invited me didn't even reach 3 months and lost some of his BTC investments as well. The site that we invested only last for a month. That's why today I won't trust any cloud mining sites or HYIP sites.

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June 21, 2018, 03:01:39 AM
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This is why there's the need for everyone to be careful on free offers and giveaways given to us. Scammers use this method of enticing to fish out the weak ones and probably greedy ones to dupe money from.

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