Twenty-eight-year-old Naman (name changed), a crypto investor from Pune, jumped on to a lot of dating apps but had no good luck. One evening, he was messaged by “a pretty woman” on Twitter, who claimed to be from Singapore. What happened next was a match perfect than what any dating app could have offered. The duo had discussions over crypto, football, and pizza and also exchanged WhatsApp numbers.
“…she always talked about crypto and that made me happy. She would discuss investments and possible airdrops and I’d be happy to chat with her,” Naman informed indianexpress.com. However, video calls are strictly no, as she claims to be “inconvenient”. About half a month into their dating, the woman sent him a link that looked similar to an NFT airdrop. But as soon as Naman clicked on the link, his crypto wallet was hacked, and ₹10 lac worth of NFTs were taken away.
“I was devastated, she blocked my number, and her profile doesn’t even exist on Twitter,” said Naman. Sadly, Naman is not the only one. A lot of crypto investors are falling victim to “crypto romance scams”. Victims are induced with romantic and good conversations so criminals can access their cryptocurrency wallets. Twitter is the place where many of these cybercriminals first reach out to potential victims.
Neel Sinha, another crypto enthusiast, shared a likely experience where scammers tried to trick him. He referred to these scams as the “Fake Asian Girl Crypto Scam”. “First, you get a ‘follow’ request from Asian women on Twitter. She talks about her crypto trading experience and proves you’re doing it all wrong. Then she will tell you that she might have a better trading option,” he informed indianexpress.com. He pointed out that these scammers always talk about effective options like a 60% monthly return or even on a daily basis.
The whole catch is once they share a hyperlink. “Should you click on and authorise that transaction, there is no such thing as a manner to return,” he added.
Garv Malik, a slapstick comedian and crypto influencer, gets at least one or two weekly DMs. He said this occurs whenever he tweets something on NFTs or crypto. “These faux profiles normally have Asian or Caucasian girls, and a straightforward goal for them is Indian males, who aren’t used to girls messaging them first. The second that occurs, the happiness takes away the rationality half,” he noticed.
Many profiles use footage of Asian girls as a way to attract. And obviously, the rise of crypto-based scams is a global disgrace. Exhibits Knowledge that as the recognition of Bitcoin, Ethereum and various cryptocurrencies continues to incline, so do the associated online scams.
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