Warning: There's A New Scam To Steal Your Steemit Account

in steemit •  6 months ago

Dear Steemers,

A new scam is making the rounds. It is important that you know this. And it is important that you protect your account from it.

So if you are receiving a private message from anyone delegating Steem Power to your account, avoid at all costs. You will also be asked to enter your password or wallet key into a form.

It's a fake form designed to steal your account.

Never. Fill. It.

And if you do? You lose your Steemit account. Your funds. And your sleep.

This Is A Clever Scam


Because our scammer, blinded by greed, is impersonating someone. In my case, the scammer signed up with the username of a whale.

He used @michael-b as his username. And Michael is powerful.

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But Michael is not on Steemit.chat or Discord, opening the doors to scam wide open.

Then, after signing up on Steemit Chat, he sent me a message to delegate a portion of his Steem Power to my account. He knows I am Indian. Perhaps he saw my profile.

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At this point, in between conversation, I was trying to verify if he is the real Michael. Because, quite honestly, I couldn't ask him.

Then he drops that link.

And that link points to a website with a form:

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No one has delegated me Steem Power before. So I didn't know if this form was real or fake. Yet something surely didn't seem right.

So I messaged @rahul.stan and @acidyo to double-check. And Acidyo quickly replies:

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So when I knew anyone can delegate power through Busy / client, I decided to message Michael back... only to find him gone.

I couldn't message him anymore. And I thought he blocked me.

Then comes another account.

And this one is skillfully named delegate-support.

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Delegate-support was waiting for me to fill those details. He says he didn't block me. He, in fact, deleted his account. All this already screamed scam to me.

Yet I played along.

It looked like he is very close to Ned (CEO of Steemit). 😂

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Then he deleted his account again.

When, in reality, it was @Pfunk who did it.

Acidyo messaged him these accounts and Pfunk immediately disabled them.

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I wasn't the only target. In fact, our scammer messaged a bunch of us. I took the lead to inform them.

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For now, he has been silenced. Not forever. Maybe there are a bunch of them out there. And these bunch are pulling such dirty tricks on other good users.

So it's important to educate and inform everyone. Your Steemit account is important to you. And I request everyone of you to be extra-careful when it comes to sharing your password or wallet keys with anyone.

Or any website.

Cheers,
Sid


UPDATE:

Account @michael-b belongs to Steemit Inc developer Michael. He wasn't the one messaging us. Thanks to @Donkeypong for investigating this.

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Anyone using phishing links on steemit.chat needs to be reported to me, @firepower, and @riverhead immediately. Please send a PM to all three with screenshot(s) if possible. Thank you.

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As an aside, if you have any phishing sites targeting Steem users, ping me on chat with the URL's. I can usually get them dealt with pretty quickly if made aware of them, and they also can provide useful intelligence data for trying to detect and stop future scams.

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the bank that you bank with ! genius

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Great fonejacker clip!! :-D

Cg

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He tried to steal my account too by using that phising link, luckily i did not give my password everyone :D

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scary... it's a good job you guys know what you're doing and my wallet isn't worth stealing (yet) ! Judge Dredd would sort this out with instantly dispensed justice

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Yeah, it's probably not a good idea to click on a link that goes outside of Steemit.

Greetings Sidwrites! To be able to receive the 2k SP from my OCD project I'm going to need you to visit https://thisisdefinitelynotascamtrustmei'madoctor.net/phdinrocketscience and fill in your name, address and date of birth followed by your private key and the year you think/hope you might lose your virginity. Don't ask why, don't even give it a second thought or ask anyone if this is legit, just don't do it, I'll know if you do. Also please change your shirt, its almost making me puke while I'm riding this cow watching you through binoculars while you keep watching a compilation of Sarahrie's covers.
Thanks.

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Epic one 😁😁

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Funny!

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I can't stop laughing 😂😂

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LOL! the most epic comment on steemit!

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Most epic comment on sid's post, this should be on his profile forever.

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AGREED LOL'd!

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Sounds legit

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Some people are brand new to steemit and cc..

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Comment of the century LOL

Scams, scams everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

Really appreciate the share. So unfortunate when people play on other's desires to succeed.

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Ah! The rhyme! Its my favourite poem!

Thanks for this! I feel we will always need to be reminding people to think about security first. Great work!

HOly cow! This is scary! Thanks for the update.

wow. Unbelievable how scammers figure this out, and try to rip people off. Well done for being alert. And job good for warning other people. I'm resteeeming this so others know. Thanks

Thank you @sidwrites for the heads up!
every where on the world have bad people like to kidding another.

Thanks a thousand times for this precious piece of information everyone should be aware of. All for one and one for all! Namaste :)

More simply do not enter your WIF anywhere unless it's Steemit.com or Steemconnect.com

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Bingo! Good call.

Thanks for letting us know about this! I've been phished out of $20 before on the Darknet, but that was my mistake. But now that I think about it.. my $20 back then in BTC probably is like $40 today :P SCREW all the fucking scammers that try that shit. I've been paranoid about my Steemit account since day 1!

Thanks for the heads up! Do not EVER enter sensitive information from a complete stranger on an unsecure form dropped in a chat message. Ever . . .

Congratulations @sidwrites!
Your post was mentioned in my hit parade in the following categories:

  • Upvotes - Ranked 6 with 791 upvotes
  • Comments - Ranked 9 with 161 comments
  • Pending payout - Ranked 7 with $ 1038,89

Wow what a clever little rascal. I also got a private message on on Dischord saying I was selected for something but I never responded or opened it. I'm scared as hell when I see unsolicited private messages on a crypto website.

Thanks again for the heads up!

This post received a 10% upvote from @randowhale thanks to @firepower! For more information, click here!

Thanks for sharing this scam with us! I bet we will be seeing more of these types of scams in the future once Steemit grows even bigger, so making informative posts about the scams is a really good strategy to prevent people from falling for them :)

zappl warning too!

Wow! Thanks for the heads up!

Thanks so much for this warning! Why can't people accept the gift of Steemit. Why do they have to be greedy and still want more and more...

great post and job ! Informing everyone !! Yes I was messaged by him , but then it disappeared so I never even responded ! Unbelievable !! I was also informed in steemit chat messaging about this guy ! Hate losers like this !! Keep up the great work !👍👍👍

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If he/she could only use that account properly, he could be rewarded. The skills like that has value in a platform and could be earning good rewards. This is a problem with people who could not be satisfied of what they have.

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yes for sure ! 👍

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thanks for posting this "heads-up" scam alert, resteemed it as well! The following post is also a great guide to better understand STEEMIT's Permission Keys and how important it is to "protect" them at all costs: "Everything you need to know about Steemit's Permission Keys".

Wow, thanks for sharing. I'm new & pretty much learning as I go & this helps a-lot, just resteemed & upvoted, thanks again.

Thanks for the Warning I will resteem this immediately to spread the word thanks.

New follower here. Excellent post! Thank you @pfunk and @sidwrites for looking out for the community.

Keep up the good work!

@abn

Thank you for the heads up!

Ridiculous that people think they can get away with this crap!

Thanks for the warning!

Good to know, thank you very much!

I'll resteem this. So will @goodguygreg. This kind of scam alert post is important!

Anyone intentionally 'phishing' is committing a crime under law in many countries, and all the evidence is forever embedded in the STEEM Blockchain, this criminal activity should be be reported to police.
Great work investigating this, I am sure it will help a great many if they see it. (a resteem will raise the visibility of this important post)

Thank you for your diligence and efforts. They make the community better for all. Followed

This picture is really wowsome. This picture will be the greatest reward to Steemit. Your artistic task is amazing. This Picture and writing is fine work........This will be starts a new trend in Steemit....

thank you for sharing this information; there is more and more people like Michael and should be more and more people like you to fight them

good to know. I have nothing to steal yet but still.

Sucky that there are scams out there , but there will be more. Never answer anything on your phone or email that looks suspicious.

Good job, Steem-Police!

If people would spend less time scamming, and more time writing their own blog or curating content on steemit, they could earn a lot of money legitimately. So silly...

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Yeah. I just dont understand why there are people who wanted to earn money in the wrong way when they can earn more in the proper way. Of course theres no magic in it, we extend effort and time. Maybe thats the problem, they wanted to earn it easily.

Thanks for the warning @sidwrites!! As a new Steemian I don't have much to be scammed out of, but who knows where this journey will take me... this info may come in handy one day, and it's good to know how things work early instead of learning the hard and costly way. Much appreciated!!

Thanks for the heads up! They might try to do a thorough background on their victims if this is their trial run. Damn scammers!

Great post..my dear friend...Such a awareness and warning post help for newbie like us who doesn't know much about the steemit & they believe such man and became the victim...

Upvoted & followed
Be alert and keep calm & steem on ...
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Thank you for sharing about your experience and informing us.

Dhanyavaad. I am very grateful Jee. I hope to return this favour. I have resteemed. And will do that with any warning.

good post, you are doing good thing spreading this news.
thank u...upvoted and resteemed....followed as well

Thanks for the warning! Upvoted and Resteemed

Anything to make a quick buck...SMH

Thanks for the heads up!

thanks for the warning

Thank you for sharing. Well presented information.

Thanks for sharing!

Wow, great eye @sidwrites - thank you for catching this and informing everyone. As a fairly new dood on the block, I constantly see solicitations to join this, that or the other and may have assumed this was just yet one more Steemit 'tool' to guide me out of minnow-land!

Wow. Good thing you followed your instinct to ask someone. Thank you for this!

Thanks for raising awareness of this scam @sidwrites. It's really sad that there are people joining Steemit who have to go to these lengths just to earn money instead of the tried and tested approach of working hard and earning well with experience. Good thing we have a handy little flagging feature that will ensure that all of these scammers will be driven out of here in no time!

As others have said, thanks for the heads up!

Yes Thank you so much for putting a light on this. It helps out the community a LOT. I am always careful,but sometimes the way they word things,you just never know. Peace! upvoted and followed.

Great job documenting this and waring everyone! I hate scammy rat bastards like whoever this was.

Thanks for this warning. Its a big help for us, for anybody. Its good to be safe all the time.

Definitely resteemed this to get the word out to everyone I know. I can't believe how gullible these folks think we are. I know we're an on-boarding platform for crypto, but come on.

Thanks for giving everyone a good warning. Don't share your password with strangers.

Thanks, catching up on your posts now and saw this. Good to know, i will wait a while before I try to scam you ;-)

Thanks for informing the community about this, the greed and the scammers are getting a little crazy.

Thanks for the Info Sid! Real helpful! Upvoted!

Thanks for the heads up on this. Great work and article.

As Steemit gains more popularity and exposure more attempts like is are very likely to be seen. Messages like this warning others is crucial. Followed. Glad to have more good sets of eyes looking out for this kind of crap.

He must have had it well thought out from a while back, because I,ve read it's taking quite a while to set up a new Steemit account.

Wow thanks for getting the word out. I never even considered this

It's actually sad that when the whole community is working toward a better future for Steemit and helping new people find a place, one selfish person wants to ruin another person's life on Steemit and pull our beloved community backwards.

Thank you so much for posting this. And for taking action against that person. Your actions could have saved many people now and in the future.

Thank you for sharing this information/story with us. I am new here and this is very useful information! Best of luck to you.

Thank you for posting about this to inform other users. And thanks to @pfunk and @acidyo for their efforts as well.

Thank you so much Sid, this is really help full for a community that is growing so fast and so much. It's so sad that people still want to still from each other when they can actually have limitless possibilities in such platform.

Thanks again man!

i wish i got upvote on every post from such people

This is the one thing , that is the biggest threat to cryptocoins. In the end, when people have to choose between control over their money, having a lot of it or security of their money, they'll choose security. And although banks control your money, they also give some sort of security. I once accidentally transfer quite a bit of money to the wrong person, but, one call to the bank and it was returned in a day. That's the easy of mind people want, if history taught us anything security is more valued then progress. So as long as hacking, scamming and loss of cryptos is not handled, they will stay a niche product. And in all whitepapers this is not addressed .... it's just: Keep your private key safe! Well duh ... it's just that it is a very easy thing to say, but a VERY difficult thing to do. Many many a tear will flow in the coming years. I hope it all works out though ... because cryptos are awesome!

Thank you for warning us!

Thanks for warning all of us! Appreciate.

Wow, so close to disaster!! I'm so glad you were able to avoid falling into that mess. Very important for everyone to see.

@sidwrites, gracias por la info.! reesteem.

Thank you for the info

This needs to stay hot.

I dont really fully understand steemit so i dont think i would get scammed and i have no money ahaha

thanks for the heads up

These scammers need to called out every single one them!
Good job @sidwrites, and good to hear you didn't fall for it.
This community is so awesome at helping each other, good job and hats of to those who helped here :)

Thanks for sharing this information. I'm resteeming your article so others may see.

@sidewrites :)) Thank you for the New update :)) I upvoted and also Re-steemed for you :)

Wow! This is just disgusting. Thanks for the info as scammers are the worst. I had to change my cell number because I kept getting calls and text messages from scammers at all hours of the day and night. I guess no society is a utopia. Nonetheless, I still enjoy it here and hope that people of the sort are weeded out quicker.

Thanks for the heads up @sidwrites!

WOWS, thanks for this info - thats a little scary lol

Glad you caught this. I have been ripped off before (by a landlord) and it feels terrible.

Thanks for the post, @sidwrites!

Wow are you serious, Already? This scammer in this world should be a shame of themselves and should be kicked out of society

@acidyo Well done! Quickly responds

Awful! So happy I read this! Hope this doesn't hurt anyone!

Upvoted and resteemed :-)

Oh my goodness!!! As a new member this is good to know, thank you so much for sharing this!! That is crazy!! What asshats!!

Thank you very much!

As a newcomer, I am the perfect prey so post like this are really helpful.

Thanks.

Some mothers children... seriously!! So shocking! Grrrr!

Broken english should be a giant red flag.

Wow -- as Steemit grows into mainstream size, it will be such a challenge to stay on top of problems like this. I hope we all can keep up and spot the scams in time. Nice work by all involved! Thanks!

Thanks for warning us. I think there are people who are always looking for opportunities to ruin good programs but thankfully Steemit is very good at protecting scams.