A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency which can allow users to send and receive money without identifying themselves. This anonymity has created a way for scammers to receive payments from their victims without being easily traced. ۶Ƶ’ robocall protection team has identified four of the most common cryptocurrency scams to watch out for.

1. Bitcoin ATMs

A recent scam has been surfacing in California in the US and is likely happening in other locations worldwide where bitcoin ATMs are found. The machines are typically found in convenience stores and look similar to a bank ATM. There have been reports of scammers pretending to be from a reputable institution and convincing victims to deposit cash into the bitcoin ATMs. Through this communication, the scammer can gain access to the victim’s bitcoin wallet and steal their money.

2. Blackmail and Extortion Scams

An especially twisted scheme that uses cryptocurrency is blackmail or extortion scams. Fraudsters may call and claim they have sensitive or embarrassing photos, videos or other compromising media of the victim that they will release unless they pay the ransom via cryptocurrency. These threats often come in the form of robocalls or email and are usually just a scare tactic. Blackmail is a felony and if you are a target of this scam, it should be reported to .

3. Get Rich Quick

The promise of a quick return on investment always sounds enticing, but from a robocall scam standpoint, it is always too good to be true. The classic “Get Rich Quick” scheme has taken on many forms, one being an investment in cryptocurrency. The scammer will often claim to grow your assets overnight and pressure their targeted victim to send them money as soon as possible. The pressure and promise of high return is enough to fool some individuals, but this should be seen as a red flag of a scam.

4. Mining Job Listings

Cryptocurrency involves mining, which is verifying transactions by solving mathematical puzzles. The miners are rewarded with new coins. A common scam is a listing for a mining job, but the “recruit” must make a payment to get started. Jobs that require a buy-in are almost always a scam and should be approached with caution.

It is best practice to never engage with unknown numbers and report phone numbers being used by scammers to your carrier. If you believe you are the victim of a scam, you can report it to your local police, state Attorney General’s office and the . 

Call-blocking apps, including those powered by  ۶Ƶ Call Guardian®, are also a great resource for reporting and blocking unwanted robocalls. Stay vigilant, share information about scams with others and be sure to check out our monthlyScam of the Monthpage updates.

John Haraburda is Product Lead for ۶Ƶ Call Guardian® with specific responsibility for ۶Ƶ’ Communications Market solutions.

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