Cryptocurrency News Today: Bitcoin scammers are already impersonating Bakkt just days after its launch
Cryptocurrency giveaway scams are nothing new. Fraudsters have been known in the past to impersonate the likes of Elon Musk or Vitalik Buterin to con unwitting victims. And now, just days after its launch, we are seeing crypto con artists impersonate Bitcoin BTC futures platform Bakkt.
Con artists launched a fake website, bakktlaunch.com, earlier this week, according to a whois URL lookup. Seemingly to capitalize on the recent launch of the actual Bakkt futures which, after being in development for the last couple of years, launched earlier this week.
The fake site appears to rip off the appearance of the legit Bakkt Medium page and claims to offer a “Bakkt official BTC and ETH giveaway.”
The scammers, while opportunistic, have been particularly uncreative in their endeavors. Seemingly they’ve ripped-off an official description of Bakkt which mentions the platform’s “warehouse” which is protected by $125 million insurance policy.
The fake website then encourages users to click a link to receive either Bitcoin or Ethereum. On clicking links one is presented with an all too familiar scene. A page which asks you to deposit a small amount of Cryptocurrency to “verify your address,” and claims that you will receive back a greater amount of BTC or ETH, afterwards.
But obviously you never do. and the scammers make off with all the deposits that unfortunate victims send.