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Scammers scoop up misspelled cryptocurrency domain names

Labeled as domains in Domain Industry News, started by Lox, Oct 14, 2021

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  1. Lox

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    Wwwblockchain.com isn’t a typo. Nor is hlockchain.com or blpckchain.com.

    Those sites are set up to dupe Internet users trying to reach Blockchain.com, a website that lets users buy and sell cryptocurrency.

    And there’s big money in little typos. A man in Brazil paid more than $200,000 worth of bitcoin between last November and February for those and other typo Web addresses, according to sales records leaked after a hack of Epik, an Internet services company favored by the far-right. He also purchased conibase.com for more than $16,000, meant to mimic Coinbase, another cryptocurrency exchange.

    “The price that this person paid blows me away,” said Zack Allen, an expert at cybersecurity company ZeroFox.

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  2. jhm

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    When a scammer is spending that kind of money on misspells, that is one confident scammer. Most exchanges make it compulsory that you have 2FA, because of things like this
     
  3. Sheogorath

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    That's why it is important to double or triple check the web address before entering any login details.
    Also, entering the website from known search engine, like google rather than typing the web address can minimize the risk of mistyping the address.
    One other method is to have the important web addresses bookmarked and on quick access via the browser, but still double checking either via a security suit or manually is important.
     
  4. MadAboutDomains

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    ⚠ Irrelevant political information alert ⚠
    Then negated later in the "article" by the following statement:
    But then what can you expect from a rag like the Washington post...
     
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  5. Future Sensors

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    Both can be true, I don't think it's a negation.
     
  6. MadAboutDomains

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    Sorry, but it's purely political and unless you can say the vast majority of their business is with X or Y it's not worth mentioning, even then it's not worth mentioning because the subject of the article isn't even tied into their business, it's just a sign of an underlying bias and a sign of evil that may or may not even originate from the writer, but from their management.

    It's irrelevant information added in there just because the writer's ideology tells him that he should include it, in fact he probably wrote the entire "article" just so he could say that one line. No other reason other than that. It doesn't add to the story.

    If I wrote an article and said "Netsol, favoured by biscuit loves everywhere" then said "But the bulk of their business isn't actually biscuit lovers" it would beg the question why it was mentioned in the first place.

    It's all about repetition in order to bake ideas into people's brains. When you know how to spot it you can learn to ignore it and not be influenced by it.

    Also, what does he mean "wwwblockchain.com" isn't a typo. It is. That's exactly why it is useful to a scammer. Otherwise you could just register eggsblockchain.com and expect the same outcome.

    The whole "article" is complete and utter rubbish.

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  7. Future Sensors

    Future Sensors 78% of human domainers will be replaced by robots Gold Account

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    Hi @MadAboutDomains

    I think we agree on the wwwtypo thing, but not on the far right thing you zoomed in on. It's well documented and below is another sign of it.

    Mods: feel free to move this posting to another place or remove it, as this thread may not be the most appropriate place to discuss this further.

    upload_2021-10-14_18-22-43.png

    Source: Gab, 2019

    More info on InfoWars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InfoWars
     
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  8. MadAboutDomains

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    Tbh I'm not even questioning whether Epik's customers are this or that, I'm questioning the motives and knowledge of the writer and the quality of the article in general. He's wrong regarding typos and he's including what I class as irrelevant politically biased fluff.

    If you think it's relevant to the article then that's fine, I don't. But that's ok 😊
     
  9. Future Sensors

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    May be a fair point. But it's not my fault that Epik has this image by now :)
     
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  10. NYJimbo

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    “The price that this person paid blows me away,”

    Not me. The crypto they used to pay for it was probably all stolen or "earned" by ripping people off.
     

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