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Fake Airdrop for Ethereum, Solana, Tron Users Carried out by Scammers

Hackers target the Ethereum, Solana, and Tron crypto communities by enticing them with a fake airdrop scheme.

Thu, 11 Jan 2024, 02:02 am UTC

Wallet drainers, previously fixated on executing crypto scams via EVM chains, have now expanded their horizons to target Ethereum (ETH), Solana (SOL), and Tron (TRX) communities.

This shift marks a concerning trend as these scammers venture into well-established crypto groups.

Phishing Scams via Fake Airdrops

The modus operandi involves enticing crypto enthusiasts through fraudulent airdrops. The scammers create a webpage where users can supposedly claim Ethereum, Solana, and Tron airdrop rewards.

These scams are labeled an "exclusive opportunity" for the community, urging individuals to link their primary wallets for access. Scam Sniffer highlights that these fraudsters can drain various crypto wallets using this deceptive webpage.

According to CoinGape, this development is particularly problematic given the popularity of Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency, alongside Solana and Tron.

The lure of substantial crypto rewards might mislead investors, potentially resulting in significant losses amounting to millions or even billions in digital assets due to these wallet drainer scams.

Identifying and Avoiding Crypto Scams

While scammers occasionally upgrade their strategies, identifying potential scams can still be achieved through simple checks.

According to Blockworks, Scam Sniffer's shared snapshot reveals grammatical errors on the fraudulent airdrop webpage, serving as a red flag for cautious users. However, it's crucial to remain vigilant as scammers adapt and refine their tactics over time.

To stay secure, always verify the source of such links. If a reputable entity is not the source of the airdrop updates, it is advisable to steer clear of such offerings.

Furthermore, heightened caution is necessary, considering recent incidents where hackers compromised verified X accounts of well-known companies like Certik and Mandiant to promote crypto scams.

Earlier this month, Certik experienced a similar attack on its X account, followed by Mandiant on January 4, 2024, raising concerns about the security of even the most established platforms.

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