Crypto CEO Warns of Spiking Email Scam Campaign Amid Token Dropping Rumours


In the pulsating world of cryptocurrency, users recently found themselves grappling with an unexpected surprise. Tether’s CEO, Paolo Ardoino, delivered a stark warning, alerting the crypto community of yet another wave of supply chain email frauds amplifying uncertainty among the users. Ardoino’s pressing appeal to the crypto investors was to remain vigilant and exercise extreme caution until a solution was formulated to counter the scam.

Just this Wednesday, the digital grapevine teemed with rumors of suspicious emails that were creating ripples in the crypto community. The gist of these reports was that investors were receiving emails from cryptocurrency companies advertising an imminent token airdrop, stoking the embers of interest, curiosity, and a touch of skepticism.

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This surreal drama unfolded when the users were left puzzled by an email from Bitfinex, announcing an intriguing, ‘exciting news’ for the platform users. It went on to unveil an approaching ERC20 airdrop of their novel $BFX token, meant for all Bitfinex patrons. The email attributed this generous airdrop to the recent endorsement of Ethereum spot exchange-traded funds (ETF).

But the plot thickened when the email provided a clickable link, ‘claim now’, which redirected the user to a website requesting connection to the investor’s wallet. Despite the dubious facade of the email, users were left speculating about its credibility as it bore the official address of the cryptocurrency platform.

Soon after, this intriguing saga culminated with the shrewd crypto community recognizing the dubious website as a mere façade of a scam. An astute user experimented with an empty wallet, only to be greeted with a disappointing “not eligible” for the proposed airdrop.

The drama unfolded further when the same user tried the ‘watch-only’ feature of Rabby Wallet, employing a VB wallet. The user discovered that all Ethereum would be redirected to another wallet, simply suggesting that it was a faux airdrop, as the destination wallet was found to be vacant. This indicated that the scam was designed to spawn a new wallet for each mark they claimed.

Meanwhile, a multitude of investors voiced their concern over receiving unusual emails from Coinbase. These emails perturbed the users by inquiring about a secondary address verification and hinted at a hard deadline for fund withdrawal before the unfair closure.

This bewildering mess took a dramatic turn when Tether and Bitfinex’s boss Paolo Ardoino addressed the issue publicly. In his statement, Ardoino produced evidence from two independent sources that confirmed that a security breach had plagued a prominent unnamed vendor, that was entrusted with email lists of a myriad of distinguished crypto firms.

CoinGecko’s COO Bobby Ong too issued a warning to users alerting them of a burgeoning supply chain email attack aimed at the crypto community concerning fraudulent token launches via email newsletters.

Despite the security intrusion, Ong reassured users about the safety of CoinGecko’s platforms and denied any plans to launch a token.

This unsettling incident is not a first for the cryptocurrency market, as just past January saw a significant phishing campaign drain approximately $600,000 from investors. The modus operandi was identical; unsolicited emails sent from numerous crypto-related businesses.

While it was later revealed that a customer support team member from the affected vendor was the initial point of compromise, as of now, there are no official stats of affected users or lost funds. Amid all these revelations, Ethereum (ETH) is holding steady at around $3,818 on the three-day chart.