- Crypto scams are on the rise.
- Crypto influencers are using their influence to entice users into investing in scams.
- One influencer offered nothing, and another promised unrealistic returns, but both influencers still made a significant amount.
Crypto influencer scams are once again plaguing the cryptosphere. In another questionable episode, two crypto influencers bagged over $1.8 million in a week by blatantly exploiting users’ unwavering FOMO.
This is how they did it.
By Offering Nothing
On May 30, Crypto influencer Pauly0x, founder of NotLarvaLabs, struck gold after sharing his Ethereum address and domain on Twitter, asking users to send ETH in return for nothing.
While the influencer explicitly stated he would be offering nothing in exchange, his history and reputation in shilling memecoins in the crypto circle led users to decipher the situation differently.
Evidently, many users FOMOd into sending the influencer their assets, expecting some airdrop reward despite him stating they would get “nothing.” Users probably thought they’d get a token named “NOTHING” from the influencer.
Still, despite no clarification except silent Twitter spaces titled “NOTHING,” users continued to send their money to Pauly0x’s address.
At press time, Pauly0x’s ETH domain has been updated. The website now features a man wearing Apple’s new VR headset with a text message notification from the influencer saying “Maybe” and a “Claim” button.
Although Pauly0x offered nothing and still made millions, another scammer impersonating a crypto influencer rugged users of their money.
By Offering Something
On May 30, A scammer impersonating legendary anonymous MEV bot trader “Jaredfromsubway.eth” announced releasing a token that would share profits made by his bot.
Given the MEV bot trader’s iconic status and proof of generating over $1 million in profits daily using “sandwich attacks,” users’ excitement came in the way of assessing the situation, leading to another unfortunate text-book rug pull.
For days, the scammer promoted his pre-sale on Twitter, enticing users with extravagant profit claims. They urged investors to send ETH, promising unrealistic returns of up to 2 ETH or over $3600 a week for a mere 1 ETH or $1800 investment. Still, despite the dubious nature of these promises, FOMO drove many to participate in the scam.
Tragically, users fell victim to the scam, losing 270 ETH or approximately $500,000. The impersonator has since deactivated his account and fled.
Interestingly, many ‘JaredFromSubway’ fake accounts still promote unreasonable returns, highlighting the need to stay safe and set up necessary measures.
How to Stay Safe
Hackers and scammers are still swarming the cryptocurrency sector, this time with sophisticated tools and more determination. As the cryptocurrency market prepares for a potential bull run, it’s more than necessary to perform due diligence and protect yourself from malicious attempts.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time crypto influencers have FOMOd users into scams.
Here are some tips on how to stay safe:
- Keep your wallet seed phrase private from everyone on the internet.
- Always do your own research and refrain from FOMO-ing into projects and scams.
- Double-check links and websites. Look for links that are hypertext, check slugs, and inspect buttons.
- Check other social media channels to ensure the news is real.
- Verify and scan all addresses, such as contract, sender, and others, before doing anything permanent.
- Ask for help from officials, and prioritize your safety and security.
On the Flipside
- DAVE, a new meme-coin with crypto influencer Ben.ETH, as an advisor, lost over $100K to a bot attack.
- The US Securities and Exchange Commission charged reality TV star Kim Kardashian for advertising a crypto project.
- Adult film star Lana Rhoades recently rug-pulled her followers for $1.5 million.
Why This Matters
Despite the lingering threat of hackers and scammers using more sophisticated methods to relinquish users’ funds, many are still mindlessly trusting people on the internet in an attempt to get rich quickly.
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