Kryptonie community, stay alert: Cointelegraph has recently observed an increase in scammers pretending to be our journalists on Telegram, LinkedIn and other social media.
Although this is by no means a new phenomenon, this fraudulent activity seems to have intensified in recent weeks. Fortunately, their current methods make them not particularly difficult to identify.
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It’s easier than you think to spot an impostor
There’s a very simple rule to follow here: Cointelegraph does not charge for news articles. Never.
If someone contacts you promising positive news coverage of your project at Cointelegraph in exchange for a payment, it is an impostor trying to scam you out of your hard-earned cryptostripes. Do not send these people any money, as you will never see him again.
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These impostors often create fake social media accounts with usernames
- Bitcoin Trader
- Bitcoin Lifestyle
- Bitcoin Storm
- Bitcoin Capital
based on the names of our journalists. They will contact you or your organization, offering you a positive article in exchange for a fee payable in cryptospeed. They may attach an invoice requesting payment of 50% in advance, or they may even try to develop a relationship of trust.
There have also been cases of fake email addresses that appear to be a @cointelegraph.com account. But don’t be fooled, sender’s email addresses are incredibly easy to forge, and the scammer will almost invariably want to continue the interaction by other means, knowing that any replies sent to the real email address will go to the real writer, who will then be alerted to the scam.
All of our writers‘ official contact information is located on their individual author page, accessible by clicking on the writer’s name at the top of any article. Our author pages can include the author’s email address, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles.
Bitcoin maximalists are right that 95% of crypts are a scam, says Emin Gun SirerUnless you have an ongoing relationship with someone on our team, do not trust approaches unless they come from profiles listed on our site. If you ever have reason to doubt that you are communicating with a genuine member of our team, simply use that team member’s author page on Cointelegraph.com to find their email address and contact them directly.