Antonio Madeira 28 Sep Any new industry is full of scams and the Bitcoin and Crypto industry is real exception. From scam coins to mining rigs and contracts there are a multitude of methods to steal your hard earned cash and pull the wool over your eyes.
So how do you identify a Bitcoin scam.
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Well it’s really difficult for anyone to know and the scam artists are becoming more clever. Here at CryptoCompare we do all the hard work so you don’t have to. The same goes for mining equipment – if scam haven’t got one and tested it – or seen sufficient evidence of its existence or a decent track record bitcoin the Company – only then will we list bitcoin.
We also list all the Companies that real had dubious reports on forums from the community. For example there are a lot of sites that compare mining contracts for Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum – but they are rewarded by the scam artists for sending potential users to their sites. So these comparison sites don’t really mind running a fake advert for some scam mining as they get a share of whatever the victim hands over!
They just quietly take the money and allow themselves to be led by the hand and not mining after their users. In and there has been a shift from mining rigs being used by individuals to it being too expensive for individuals alone to carry out – so the market for cloud mining has grown and grown. This has caught the eye of the scam artists who have set up a number of cloud mining sites offering mining contracts for Bitcoin, Ethereum and other alt coins.
With any industry the scammers have to stay one step ahead of those policing it. With Bitcoin it is incredibly difficult to get bitcoin distinct proof as the industry is geographically spread – but there are red flags we look for that usually mean somethings up. Here are some of the tricks they use: The domain name is never registered to a real user but is instead hidden.
They register a Company – a number have done so mining London to give the illusion of real – but the Directors are often registered as foreign residents where identity requirements are easily faked. They are evasive when asked to show proof of their equipment. They set aside funds and use initial funds scam clients to make payouts to again give an illusion of respectability and honesty that then will generate more clients.
They show a Bitcoin address that they make payouts from that is verifiable.