Scammers Targeting XRP Community with Legit-Looking Email Scam. Can You Spot This One?

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Fri, 05/29/2020 - 07:30
Alex Dovbnya
Ripple warns the XRP community about 'fraudulent scam communications'
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In a tweet, San Francisco-based blockchain giant Ripple has once again warned XRP holders not to get sucked into a convincing-looking email scam that promotes a fake giveaway. 

The fraudulent email shared by one of the members of the community seems almost indistinguishable from the company’s ordinary communication,

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Here’s how to spot scams

Ripple also published a tutorial for the cryptocurrency community on how to easily find out whether you are dealing with giveaway/airdrop scams.

First and foremost, it is important to remember that established market players in the likes of Ripple will never give away its token for free (even though Peter Brandt thinks that they should do so). This trick is only used by new projects that are trying to create marketing buzz.  

In order to find out whether you are dealing with a legit giveaway, you should check the project’s official website and social media channels before depositing any money. 

Ripple’s preoccupation with battling giveaway scams is warranted. According to XRP Ledger explorer, they pocketed more than 8.5 mln XRP in 2019-2020.  

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Taking YouTube to court

As reported by U.Today, Ripple hit YouTube with a lawsuit after the streaming tidal failed to eradicate fraudulent content that was harming the company’s reputation. 

Shortly after the lawsuit, the Ripple CTO David Schwarz had his YouTube account suspended ‘for impersonation’ 

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse revealed that he was targeted by scam victims with ‘violent threats’ after losing money to his YouTube impersonators.

Bad actors are using YouTube to stream fake giveaway videos that feature Garlinghouse and other prominent individuals, such as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. 

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.

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