As bitcoin becomes more popular and attracts mainstream users, scammers are resorting to tried-and-tested tricks like phishing emails and imitation websites to steal your funds. Read more about avoiding bitcoin phishing scams.
Known examples targeting CoinDesk are listed below:
There is a false email circulating using a spoofed CoinDesk email address about a story involving ‘PayPal and eBay Bitcoin Integration’.
This links to a page which looks like our site, but it is in fact a copy of an old story and hosted on a different domain (http://www.coiindesk.com/).
Do NOT agree to install anything from this website. This will no-doubt try to install a form of bitcoin-stealing malware by pretending to be an Adobe flash player update, although this is still unclear at this time.
Be wary when you see the below on any website. Always go to Adobe to download any official updates if they are needed. Please report users posting links to this domain.
This latest phishing attempt claims that we will review your site. Please report these attempts. We do NOT take payments for articles.
Phishing attempts can appear like they are from ‘email@example.com’, ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or ‘email@example.com’ etc. These addresses are spoofed. Usually they use a ‘reply-to’ Gmail address. Be careful of those sent through your support system, should you have one, as sometimes these systems make spotting the actual sender more difficult.
The scammers may also try to personalise the email towards you. They might also tempt you with ‘sponsored stories’ or advertising your event of business in some way. It goes without saying that this is a scam and you should report the email addresses in question.
An example of a recent phishing attempt is below, but remember, the one you receive may be personalised towards your business.
Phishing attempts are now originating from colndesk.com. Please be aware this domain has an an L not an I.
This is clearly another phishing attempt, disguised by alerting those emailed to a previous phishing attempt.
If you were to respond you would soon be asked for payment in BTC. But you would not get any advertising on CoinDesk unfortunately.
Another tactic is to spoof a CoinDesk email address, but use the ‘reply-to’ so email replies get sent to the email address of the scammer.
Find out how to report these emails below.
Several bitcoin companies have received unsolicited emails, which claim to offer advertising space on CoinDesk.com. This is a phishing attempt – they will soon ask for payment in BTC. Once paid, you will certainly not be able to login or receive any advertising.
Please report these suspicious emails to Google.
It has come to our attention that a site claiming to be CoinDesk is operating a phishing scam. Links to pages on this fake site are being shared on social media and forums.
If recipients click on the link, they are taken to CoinBesk.com and encouraged to download a “CoinStatus app” to read more. This is not an app, it is a phishing scam, so do not click the download button.
Key points to note:
The only application CoinDesk has released at this time is an iPhone app, available on the App Store.