Beware of Discord Scammers

Greetings Steemians,

I want to talk a little on this subject, because I've been experiencing a higher than normal rate of random messages from obvious scammers on discord.

Many of us on Steem are in discord groups, and the more discord groups you are in, and the more you engage in these groups, the higher the likeliness is that you could be targeted by scammers.

It's important to be perceptive, and understand the avenues in which a scammer will try to pull you into a scam.



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Today I received a message from some random person stating they needed my help to extract 1 BTC from a platform, not stating what the platform even is, and said their BTC was stuck, and they would transfer to me to get it out and offered 0.1 BTC for my help.

To me, this is an obvious scam, I don't entertain it for a half a second before hitting the block button.

Not everyone is perceptive to these kinds of scams. Undoubtedly a person taking the bait will ask what the platform is and what they have to do, and then instructions to deposit BTC will be given.

These types of scammers play on simple psychology, that is, peoples desire to make a quick buck, and of course, greed.

I advise anyone reading this to never fall for this. If someone is asking you for help with a need to deposit, and stating some craziness that they are about to trust you with an entire bitcoin, I can almost guarantee it's a definite scam.

Some of you might remember seeing some pings about phishing attempts to get discord passwords. An obvious question might be:
Why would they want access to my discord?

There is a plethora of reasons, but the first thing that comes to mind is the fact that so many people use the same password for everything. There could be other reasons too, blackmail attempts for sensitive information, ect.. I was very happy to see a wide range of discord communities shed light on this phishing attempt.

In today's day and age, if you're using the same password across various services, you're wrong.. Furthermore if it's a password you can easily remember, you're double wrong.. Take the extra time to make random generated passwords, and save offline. You will be thankful you took the extra measures if one of them gets compromised.

Two factor authentication is not a bad idea for certain accounts that may offer it. If you have different passwords, all stored on Google, and no two factor enabled, that is a dangerous game to play.. To me, the best method is just keeping them offline, even if it's a bit of a pain. Any equity you have on the internet is worth the extra measures.

That's pretty much it for my thoughts regarding this. I harbor a special kind of hatred towards scammers, and feel they are some of the lowest scum this earth has sucking up our oxygen.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Your intuition is your friend, and a little bit of common sense doesn't hurt either.


I hope you're all having a wonderful day! Thank you for stopping by!


Much love,
@futuremind



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