This is the continuation to “I was scammed and lost my EOS! How I was able to recover them. https://trybe.one/i-was-scammed-and-lost-my-eos-how-i-recovered-them/
In the previous article, I explained how I recovered my EOS after being scammed. In this article, I will expose the techniques employed by the scammer to trick me and steal my coins. These clever techniques are highly effective and in my opinion most people can be tricked if not taking extra precaution. Below are the Scammer’s techniques:
1. One of the key traits of a scammer is the ability to sense when someone is in a disadvantaged or urgent situation due to a lack of knowledge/skill or having a problem that he cannot solve like not being able to transfer/receive his coins, set up an account or wallet etc… In my case, I could not transfer my coins from the Exchange to my EOS mainet account. The Scammer found me in the Telegram chat room of the Exchange and after noticing that I did not receive any help he Private Messaged (PM) me via Telegram introducing himself as “Customer Support” for the Exchange (photo 1 below). The way he did it was very convincingly. For example, he used the Exchange official logo and Title to introduce himself. He also reassured me that he worked for the Exchange and that as a member of the Customer Support team he was following up with me after noticing that I had left their chat room without a response to my questions. Advice: Never let anyone contact you directly in your Telegram or email account unless you can verify who they are and can trace how they reached you.
2. Another effective technique is to use technical terminology and fancy explanations of what needs to be done to show that he knows what he is talking about and make you believe that you are dealing with the Exchange. The Scammer showed thorough knowledge of the Exchange portal and its procedures as well as explained some of the issues the Exchange was having and affecting its clients – he was so good at it that I thought I was indeed dealing with the Exchange’s Customer Support group. Advice: Don’t be fooled by anyone that sounds knowledgeable and legitimate. Scammers use this to convince their victims and earn their trust. If this happens to you ask for his name, email account and title. Afterwards, contact the Exchange to verify his information.
3. After the Scammer convinces you and gains your trust, he will begin to gather information on your account, coins and exact problem(s) you are having by asking questions and showing concern. Once he has all the facts, he will then instruct you in a direct and precise manner what you need to do so he can help you. Advice: don’t provide any information about you or your account. Inform him that you will contact the Exchange to confirm his information and afterwards you may consider communicating with him. At this point he will most likely not contact or bother you anymore.
4. Once the Scammer begins to walk you through the steps, he will explain that the only way to accomplish the transfer of your coins is to transfer them to the Exchange’s “Escrow Account”. This will be an EOS account with the Exchange’s name but with a suffix at the end. In my case, the Scammer told me to send my EOS to: binancecleos. After seeing that it said binance, I thought the transfer would go to Binance (not to someone else) so I felt safe. However, I was wrong since this is the account belonging to the Scammer. The Exchange also requires a Memo for the transfer. For this the Scammer instructed me to enter: Memo: 100544491. After doing this all of my coins were withdrawn out of my account and transferred into the Scammer’s account. At this point I had been Scammed and the Scammer gotten away with my EOS. Advice: never do anything described in this paragraph. Remember the account of the Scammer: binancecleos and the Memo: 100544491 which identifies his account in the Exchange. Don’t ever transfer your coins to this account!
5. A Scammer can also contact you via email. He emailed me from an email address that said: Binance. At first sight, most people would be fooled by it since it looks just like a real Binance email however after clicking on the email address I discovered that it was coming from a Gmail account. Advice: never respond to an email until clicking on the actual email address to verify where it originated. If it comes from a Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Yandex or any other email service then it was most likely sent by someone trying to scam you.
You can be scammed and not realize that you actually helped the Scammer. Being naive, uninformed, inexperienced or just finding yourself in a situation where you don’t know what to do can expose you to a Scammer. The way he will know is when you reach out for help in a Telegram chat room of an Exchange or any other place where people go for help. Scammers monitor these places often when preying for their victims. When they make contact with you, they will come well prepared and ready to do their magic trick.
You must always be on the lookout and cautious when communicating with anyone. Make sure you contact the Exchange directly through their website portal (i.e. when logging into your account) and only then contact their Customer Support. Once receiving a response always proceed with caution. Avoid seeking help in Telegram chat rooms because those are the favorite hunting grounds for Scammers. Remember, it is up to you to secure your coins and make sure you don’t contribute to your own scamming.
Below are the screen shots of my communication with the Scammer. The 1st one shows how he portrayed himself as Binance Customer Support and the 2nd one shows the confrontation I had with him after he realized he was caught in the act. Immediately he began to delete all his messages in our chat since they are proof of his crime however it was too late since I had already taken screen shots of all our communication which I provided to the Police and Exchange.
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