Update on Scam Sites
Back in January I posted about several scam websites and listed them on this page:
The good news is that some of the sites have been since taken down, but others that have been up since January are still up. One scam site in particular is pictured here:
It's hosted on several domains including one that was highlighted to me by someone from the community whose son was scammed.
I plan to do a much deeper dive on this site in particular and see if I can cooperate with the Guild of Guardians team to get these taken down (most domain registrars want the brand owner to initiate the takedown request), but first a short rant.
When people get scammed in crypto there is a bit of victim blaming that goes around, that the victim should have known better. When it comes to DeFi, and you're working with experienced investors, and they get phished it's sad, but on the other hand, you can't help but feel like they should have known. Now I've seen some very sophisticated phishes, and I know by experience even the best of us get caught sometimes and Crypto is very unforgiving.
Things are getting even more risky though. We have a whole generation of kids who are going to be growing up with Play-and-Earn gaming, and influencers shilling the latest crypto game. These kids will have their own wallets so they can get airdrops and earn rewards, and some of them are going to have substantial holdings in crypto currency, or be using their parents wallets. These are not seasoned investors or experienced fintech, but rather teens or younger who are going to be very suspectable to FOMO and phishing. Guild of Guardians is exactly the kind of game my nephews would play, and they have zero cyber security training. Which means, even though technically these games aren't meant for kids, they are going to become the victims as well.
I know it's cliché to say "What about the children!!" The traditional gaming industry already has a reputation for introducing kids very early to concepts like sex, violence, and profanity. Even game monetization is nothing new with kids overspending on skins in games like Fortnite. However, as already mentioned: Crypto is unforgiving. When you make a mistake you can loose everything and that's a tough lesson to learn.
All that to say: If we want to bring millions of people into crypto gaming and play and earn, we have to get better at policing crypto scams. The fact these same sites have been up since January is not an acceptable state of things.
Rant over... now back to trying to get these sites taken down.
Stay safe out there, and if you see anything suspicious you can always reach me @gogscamtracker on Twitter or email email@example.com.
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