Scammers are innovative in the ways they trick people into falling into their traps as seen with this new scam targeting the Brave project. I received this email this morning and realized that there is a need to investors to be mindful of the sites where they submit their emails.
Here it is:
“On May 15, Brave announced in its blog another system update, which probably further strengthened the upward trend. The release highlighted the platform, including the addition of features that increase privacy.
The developers also added new functionality to the browser, including giving the user more control over privacy when using the platform.
In addition, Brave presented in his blog information about his project, which purposefully should attract new browser users.
The email purpotedly from the BAT team continues:
The project involves a reward in the form of a token (BAT) for using (downloading) the company’s browser. Users will be offered not only tokens for participation, but also the possibility that in the future, users can transfer donations to BAT to their favorite creators of online content through microtransactions.
The project starts on May 20, 2019, participation in the project is open to everyone.
It further stated the the user could get more “Information about the project is on the official website of the company:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIp+++++++++++++++++++++++” while linking the Google Doc form.
The email which claimed to come from Crypto News is clearly a scam even though we are aware that some recipients might give it much serious attention than it deserves. Detecting scam crypto emails are not difficult if the recipient pays attention to some basic details.
A close examination of the sender whose name was given as Exmo information shows that the email address is actually firstname.lastname@example.org. That should be the first indication that you’re dealing with a scammer since the BAT would not send an official email through a free email service such as Yahoo.
We would expect an official email that is linked to the Brave platform and not some random email that copied so many other targets. Just think about it. Which business copies and exposes the email addresses of their target customers to strangers just as seen with this email.
Email Copy Quality
Just read the email again. You’d notice that the writer has poor grasp of the English language and may not even be conversant with the BAT project since they repeatedly called the project “company”.
Every experienced crypto enthusiast knows the difference between a network and a company. The writer even used his as pronoun instead of it, assuming BAT is a company.
We are aware that a major project such as BAT would not send out an email that is full of grammatical errors such as this one.
Where is the Website?
One not so clever technique employed by scammers is using Google Doc in lieu of official project sites to deceive people. Any information not found on a project’s official site and social media channels cannot be authentic.
Scammers are aware of this fact and would use any approach to convince the gullible.
When in doubt, it is important that the user visits the official website of a project to avoid getting scammed.