Scammers staged a fake Bitcoin sale on Black Friday
Hackers hacked the email account of the Uphold cryptocurrency exchange and sent a letter to its customers with an offer to take part in a fake distribution of bitcoins, writes TheNextWeb.
The phishing campaign is aimed at stealing cryptocurrency assets of users and is presented as an advertising campaign organized by the exchange itself on the eve of “Black Friday”.
Malicious letters began to be sent on November 21 at 22:50 Moscow time, and four hours later, the exchange itself wrote to users that they should not trust the offer indicated in them and take part in the distribution.
“This is an attempted phishing attack,” the company wrote. – Do not send funds to the specified address. Don’t click on the link “.
It is not known how many people received the scammers’ message and believed it, but at the time of publication, two transactions totaling about $ 2,200 were received at the address indicated by them. It should be borne in mind that they could have been sent by the organizers of the attack for greater reliability..
“We are investigating this incident,” the exchange added. “The Uphold platform and its users’ assets remain completely safe.” The company also noted that its employees did not send the malicious letter, but admitted that it was sent from its official address..
The letter said that a user can get bitcoins with a 15% discount if he sends to the specified address from 0.1 to 50 BTC (from $ 450 to $ 222,000 at the current rate).
“Such a surprise! In the coming days and until “Black Friday” we are giving out discounts! Get an additional 15% return on your bitcoin assets with Uphold, the message says. – Mike sends 1 BTC to our wallet address and receives 1.15 BTC on Black Friday. Thank you for the support you have given to Uphold from day one! “
In September, scammers tried to attract cryptocurrency users to their next pseudo-distribution of bitcoins and Ethereum by offering a new Tesla Model 3.