Scammers have refined their trap with a new technique to catch their victims!
The fight between the community defenders and phishing scammers is raging. As their usual phishing technique (publishing malicious links in the comments) turns out to be ineffective, scammers are showing amazing but dangerous creativity by improving their phishing techniques
Be very careful and read this!
The scammer publish the following comment on user’s post
NOTE: the username may be different from the above screenshot
As you may noticed, there is no link to click. Instead of inserting a phishing link in to the comment, the scammer invite you to have a look at its profile.
So ...let’s go visit it:
NOTE: the username displayed may be different from the above screenshot
And here we are: here is the phishing link that the scammer wants you to click!
If you click on the link in the profile, you will be redirected to the following site:
NOTE: the domain name displayed and the background image may be different from the above screenshot
Lower on the page, there is a description of the “services” provided and an “Join Now” button.
If you click on the “Join Now” button, the following page will be displayed:
The site is a fake SteemConnect login page!
The goal of the creator of this website is clearly to steal your credentials to hack your account!
Preventive action activated
I updated my Warning-Bot to take into account this new scam technique.
I will add any account sending phishing comment to the blacklist of my Warning-Bot and it will issue warnings with a link to this post, notifying users of the malicious activity of those accounts.
If you find similiar pishing attemps, contact me on steem.chat
To protect yourself, you can:
- always double check before clicking on a link, especially if this links take you away from steemit.com.
- verify the reputation of people writing comments on your posts. A user with a low reputation shoud trigger you attention.
Previous threat alerts
If you missed them, please find here the previous alerts I published:
- Scam alert and white hat counter-strike
- Phishing exploit has been stopped - Scammers thwarted!
- Potential scammer reported- @jones420
- Fake Steemit website try to steal your password!
- Phishing attack to steal your active key
- Potential scammer reported - @minnowpond
- Scammer reported - @russiann
- Scammer reported - @steemitrobot
- Scammer reported - @tripadvisor.com
- Scammer reported - @harquick
- Scammer reported - @gtg.witnesses
- Phishing site reported - sleemit(dot)com
- Phishing site reported - www.steemitfollowup(dot)ml
- Phishing site reported - www.steemitfollowup(dot)cf
- Phishing site reported - www.autosteemer(dot)com
- Phishing site reported - www.autosteemer(dot)club
- Phishing site reported - upperwhale
- Phishing site reported - steamit(dot)ga
- Phishing site reported - steenit(dot)cf
- Phishing site reported - steemautobot(dot)ml
- Phishing site reported - autosteem(dot)info
- Phishing site reported - steemij(dot)tk
- Phishing site reported - steemitservices(dot)ml
- Phishing site reported - uppervotes(dot)ml
- Phishing site reported - steemupgot(dot)ga
- Virus infection threat reported - searchingmagnified(dot)com
- Phishing site reported - steemrobot(dot)ga
- Phishing site reported - postupper(dot)ml
- Phishing site reported - steembot
- Phishing site reported - steemone
- Phishing site reported - steemiv
A bit of paranoia is the basis of security.
There are a few simple rules to follow in order to avoid having your account hacked:
Rule 1: NEVER, I repeat, NEVER use or give your owner key or password!
Rule 2: Use your posting key to login, post and vote on trusted websites like steemit.com or busy.org.
Rule 3: NEVER give your active key as this key allows to control your funds! Only use your active key for special operation like money transfer or account update on trusted websites like steemit.com.
Rule 4: Anywhere else, if you are requested to provide any of the above key: RUN AWAY!!!
4 simple rules. It's not much to remember. Follow them scrupulously, and you will only have to laugh at unsuccessful attempts from scammers.
Spread the words, resteem this post to your friends, and you will make the platform safer.
Thanks for reading!
If you notice any new suspect activity like the one described above, drop a comment on this post or contact me on steem.chat