A cyber security company Group-IB has detected a fraud that combines personal information with fake reviews celebrities, to lure potential victims.
Complex bitcoin Scam which uses your personal information for target audience, stole the data of almost 250,000 people worldwide.
Investigation conducted by global intelligence company Group-IB revealed that the vast majority of victims is in the UK, which accounts for more than 147 000 loss of confidential information. Australia became the second by quantity of victims, there vikladeno information from more than 82 000 people in the country.
How does the Scam with bitcoin
The fraudster attracts victims with a text message, promising the opportunity to earn mountains of gold through investment schemes approved by the celebrity. The message embedded URL or number of the victim. URL, as reported, directs the victim to a website which disguises as a local information portal which differs depending on the region of the victim. However, in all cases of use of fake interview “celebrities” – fabricated in order to advertise various crypto “investment” platform.
If you click any link in the fake articles, the victim is redirected to different domains, including “Crypto Cash”, “Rejoin the Bitcoin”, “Bitcoin Supreme”, and “Banking on the Blockchain”. After redirecting the victim is offered a registration form pre-filled with his details.
At the last stage of the alleged Scam, users are asked to “activate your account” – which requires them to pay about 0.03 bitcoins ($276).
How the fraudsters managed to obtain the personal data, the researchers argue that, or it was done using other fraudulent scheme, or was purchased on the darknet.
Group-IB has already reported the fraud to the appropriate authorities.
Previously, we reported that according to LocalBitcoins, transactions with darknet on the platform decreased by 70% after implementation in September 2019 regulations, AML and KYC.
Portal “Coinews” wrote that the University of California at San Francisco paid a million dollars ransom after unsuccessful negotiations with a group of hackers.
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