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August 03, 2018, 09:59:18 PM
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Here is a tip in case you are wondering if an ETH address is legit or not.
Here is a site where you can check any ETH address and see if has been involved in a phishing/scamming incident. You can also report addresses yourself if you come across some.

https://etherscamdb.info/
Click on search and enter the address.

You can also check current and active scams
https://etherscamdb.info/scams

Etherscan also shows information about scam and phishing addresses.




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https://cryptocoin.news/news/scams/what-you-should-know-about-twitter-giveaway-scammers-18210/

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August 03, 2018, 11:49:45 PM
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Yes you could use this but please note that not all addresses involved in shady things are reported and tagged. hence, relying on this alone would be a bad idea. And anyone could freely generate fresh ones.

To check whether it is a scam or not, you need to check everything that relates to it, research. You don't need to find an absolute evidence, most of the time (as for my experience), you just need to calculate the risks and ask yourself whether it is worth to take.

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August 04, 2018, 08:21:05 AM
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Yes you could use this but please note that not all addresses involved in shady things are reported and tagged. hence, relying on this alone would be a bad idea. And anyone could freely generate fresh ones.

To check whether it is a scam or not, you need to check everything that relates to it, research. You don't need to find an absolute evidence, most of the time (as for my experience), you just need to calculate the risks and ask yourself whether it is worth to take.
Yes, of course this is not the only thing you should rely on, but it is merely an addition to everything else.
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August 04, 2018, 08:28:36 AM
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This is really cool and all, but the most at-risk people can't even seem to Google common scams, much less check ETH addresses meticulously. There are also the concerns that Potato Chips stated, with addresses being free to create and whatnot. I definitely see how it could be useful but it would still be best if people just stopped sending other people ETH in exchange for more ETH lol.

But yeah this is kind of like how Twitter actively tries to hunt down impersonators only for new ones to pop up. Black lists aren't effective in such cases.

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August 04, 2018, 02:53:35 PM
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This will help you to know if a certain eth address was used in phishing site/scamming but there are lots of ETH address and most of the ETH address are not proven that it is used in scamming/phishing so depending on this one won't complete solve your safety issues. There are lots of ways to avoid getting your ETH address getting suspicious by creating lots of ETH address that will be used for transferring the scammed/phished eth or tokens by a scammer and you won't know if that's the main ETH address of the Scammer or mastermind behind the Scam scheme.

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August 04, 2018, 05:53:23 PM
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This is really useful I have been of a victim of some impersonators using my bitcointalk username to join countless bounties and airdrops and ended up my entries getting invalid. Every bounty manager should be aware of this site.
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August 06, 2018, 04:02:11 AM
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I always check comments on https://etherscan.io. Does it reflect the data above?  Huh

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August 06, 2018, 05:42:18 AM
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I always check comments on https://etherscan.io. Does it reflect the data above?  Huh
Usually comments aren't really use on ETH transactions so if you see some always check all of them.

Likewise, P.Chips has said that relying on this would be a very bad idea. What's the solution? be vigilant in every transaction that you do.

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April 29, 2019, 03:26:23 PM
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I just discovered it after an article about a database about bitcoin scammers wallets.

For reporting scams and scammers wallets addresses for ETH:
https://etherscamdb.info/

For reporting scammers wallets addresses for Bitcoin:
https://bitcoinwhoswho.com/

It is good to check thoses websites before sending coins. But scammers can also create new wallets. You should never believe that you can receive more coins just by sending some coins to an address.

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April 29, 2019, 04:59:02 PM
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I just discovered it after an article about a database about bitcoin scammers wallets.

For reporting scams and scammers wallets addresses for ETH:
https://etherscamdb.info/

For reporting scammers wallets addresses for Bitcoin:
https://bitcoinwhoswho.com/

It is good to check thoses websites before sending coins. But scammers can also create new wallets. You should never believe that you can receive more coins just by sending some coins to an address.

Bitcoin website seems dead? - DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN -

It seems like an interesting concept, apart from the fact that scammers can easily create a new adress.. how easily abusable are these sites? On the ethereum one it looks like you can just report any adress you want? Or, do they like.. review it? That seems like a hassle for something a scammer can so easily loop around...

Otherwise, that's bound to get some false-positives...?

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April 29, 2019, 05:29:12 PM
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Bitcoin website seems dead? - DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN -

It seems like an interesting concept, apart from the fact that scammers can easily create a new adress.. how easily abusable are these sites? On the ethereum one it looks like you can just report any adress you want? Or, do they like.. review it? That seems like a hassle for something a scammer can so easily loop around...

Otherwise, that's bound to get some false-positives...?

Seems to be loading well on my side... probably a problem with internet connectivity.



You are right about the reviews being subject to abuse. At the end of the day, it's upto the user being extra vigilant and extra careful about their security and which address they are sending money to.

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