This guide will help you detect cryptocurrency scams in an early stage. By raising your awareness, you can prevent cryptocurrency frauds and scams. Because cryptocurrency transactions are irreversible, it is very important to keep your funds safe as they cannot be recovered once the transaction is completed. This guide was written to help you avoid most common scams involving cryptocurrency. Here are several tips for keeping your funds secure:
1. Keep your private keys private.
Sharing your private keys is never a good idea. Anyone with your private keys can access your coins. Only you should have access to your funds. Make sure you store your private keys offline and in a secure place. In most cases, you can also encrypt this private key with a password. But be aware that if you somehow forget this password, you will lose your access to the wallet.
2. Make sure that the website you are on is real.
A common scam involves the use of a dummy site. A dummy is a website which looks exactly like the real website, but was made to scam people. This is often done by copying the site and changing a letter in the URL. Examples are Gooogle.com or anycolndirect.eu In the first example the ‘o’ was written three times to make ‘Gooogle’ instead of Google. In the second example the ‘i’ was replaced with a lowercase ‘L’ to make anycolndirect instead of anycoindirect. Another good indicator (for a legitimate website) is the green SSL quality mark (Secured) next to the URL.
3. Bookmark the sites you visit often.
Bookmarking websites you visit often (and only using these bookmarks) is a good way of avoiding malicious websites. Always make sure to visit the official website. When in doubt, close down the website and type in the correct URL.
Bookmark the following site:
Besides our official website. You can always contact us through the official channels by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, opening a live chat on https://anycoindirect.eu/, contacting us through Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AnycoinDirect/) or by calling (+31 (0) 413 747 174)
4. Never trust addresses or URLs sent to you through private messages (outside of the official Anycoin Direct channels).
Never trust messages that are not from an official Anycoin Direct source, claiming to represent our company. This is one of the most common ways scammers operate in order to obtain your information. Never trust any links to services like Dropbox, Google Drive or Gmail in any emails sent to you. Do not click any links regarding cryptocurrency, banking or money in any messages sent to you.
Should you have clicked any link sent to you in a private message, make sure to never enter your passwords, private keys or other sensitive data.
5. Do not run remote-access software.
Make sure you do not have any remote-access software installed on the same computer you have your private keys stored on. Many of these programs have security issues. Having this type of software installed on the same computer (as where your private keys are stored) may expose your keys to unnecessary risks.
6. Do not fall for Microsoft scammers.
This is another common form of scamming. Scammers will call or otherwise contact victims and convince them to grant remote access to their computer. They might also ask for payment, sometimes in the form of cryptocurrency.
As we have mentioned above, installing remote access software on the same computer on which you have your private keys or wallet stored is never a good idea.
In this case it is important to note that Microsoft will never reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communications with Microsoft are always initiated by you.
Should you be approached by scammers impersonating Microsoft or other technical support, make sure you never give any personal information. Close all contact with these impersonating parties as soon as possible and make sure to notify the party being impersonated.
More information about technical support scams can be found here:
7. Use 2-Factor Authentication.
Using 2FA means that accessing your account is impossible without the linked device. This is a good way to make sure that unauthorized access to your account is nearly impossible.
More information regarding the activation of 2-Factor-Authentication can be found in the following guide:
8. Do not click on any advertisements.
Advertisements are often poorly checked before they go online. This means that there are many online advertisements that can lead to malicious websites. The easiest way to avoid these malicious advertisements is to simply avoid all advertisements. Using an adblocker such as uBlock Origin can help you avoid advertisements.
Anycoin Direct is not affiliated with uBlock Origin in any way and does not give any guarantees about services offered by uBlock Origin. Use uBlock Origin at your own discretion.
9. Never send any cryptocurrency to ‘giveaways’.
People generally do not give away their cryptocurrency. If you are asked to send small amounts of cryptocurrency in order to receive a larger amount, this is almost certainly a scam. You will not receive any cryptocurrency. The same is true for most cryptocurrency ‘lotteries’.