Share your personal experience or of people you know who got scammed so we can be aware of the different ways out there. Hoping this post will help others not get scammed.
So here’s my story:
The first time I got scammed was when I was investing in BSCPAD. This is only a few months after I got into crypto. To get an allocation and get into the whitelist I had to go to their official telegram page. That’s where they share the link for the whitelist. There are thousands of people in the group and scammers feed on those involved. You get a random private message all the time with scams. I was fully aware of it but I still fell for one.
So what happened was I was waiting to a coin to be released and get an allocation. These guys want you to be fast and usually there are competitions where the first ones to comment will get special allocation. While I was waiting to jump in, I get a message that looked exactly like the official telegram. It said private allocation is now open, click here to claim yours. Minimum buy is 0.1 BNB.
So I see the link and it looked legit. It was [bscpad.com/\[something\]]( I don’t remember what it was but I saw [bscpad.com]( and I trusted it. Little did I know that the hyperlink under the link you send to someone on telegram can be changed. So even if it’s [bscpad.com](, if you click it, it can take you to some other website. I clicked on the link and it was an exact copy of the legit site. Shocking! I didn’t take the time to verify the address that was showing in my browsers address bar.
So since I thought I had a limited time to buy this coin, I quickly connected my metamask and sent $300 worth of BNB. Usually some of these projects do 10x to 100x if you buy them before IDO. After I transfer it , I was waiting for a feedback. I got none. I thought I’ll wait a few minutes, then I go back and check the telegram and I realize it was a private message and it wasn’t an official account. I check the link and it was a different link from what I had clicked on. I think to myself shit, there’s no way I got scammed.
I go back to the scammers link and sure enough it was a different address showing on my address bar. All the social media links on the website was non-responsive. It was only an image and just dummy buttons. Sneaky bastards! I will never see those $300 again. Always double, triple, quadruple check the links you’re clicking on even if it looks legit!