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Identifying Fake QR Code Scams

2023-07-28

Cryptocurrency transactions are commonly facilitated through QR codes associated with crypto wallets, which offers ease and convenience. However, caution must be exercised, as malicious actors may exploit this system to their advantage. Scanning a fake or malicious QR code can grant scammers unauthorized access to your device, putting your sensitive information and crypto assets at risk.

In one scenario, users might unknowingly scan a QR code provided by a scammer posing as an official representative. This interaction could lead to a private chat where the scammer gains the user's trust by discussing and offering assistance with a reported issue. Subsequently, the imposter might ask the user to reset their account and request information about the wallet being used. They may then present an unknown link and instruct the user to import their wallet using the mnemonic phrase. Fortunately, in the case of Ben, he displayed vigilance and avoided falling into the phishing trap, promptly exposing the scammer's identity in the official community.

Another deceptive tactic involves fake airdrop campaigns, enticing users to scan QR codes promising token rewards. However, these QR codes might lead to transfer interfaces or phishing pages designed to trick users into granting infinite wallet address authorization. Falling into this trap could enable scammers to siphon off all tokens from the affected wallet.

Moreover, scammers may use the guise of OTC trades to send users links or QR codes, luring them to fraudulent transfer pages. When users mistakenly click "Confirm" on such pages, they inadvertently grant the scammer transfer permissions.

To protect against these risks, it's crucial to verify the legitimacy of QR codes and the identity of those initiating private chats. Authentic cryptocurrency communities will never ask users to share mnemonic phrases or private keys. If any doubt arises, users can seek verification through official channels and report suspicious accounts to the community administrators.

As a proactive measure, Bitget Wallet (Previously Bitget Wallet (Previously BitKeep)) has implemented authorization risk alerts and DApp risk detection features to empower users with additional safeguards. By following the provided tutorials, users can periodically assess and revoke any excessive authorizations and check for potential risks associated with third-party DApps.

In the world of crypto, security is paramount. Staying informed and vigilant will help users navigate the digital landscape safely and protect their valuable assets from potential scams and frauds.

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