Do not fall for airdrops of fake accounts

Do not fall for “airdrops” of fake accounts!

Since approximately the last three months of the year, there has been a growth in the appearance of airdrops and various draws for projects, exchanges, and different cryptocurrency protocols, which gave some movement to the slow crypto scenario shrouded in the bear market fog.

However, with the emergence of opportunities and enthusiastic responses from crypto enthusiasts, opportunists have also emerged.

Just as in the case of scams, some of these appear out of nowhere, that is, they create social networks and give the impression that they have been preparing for an x ​​amount of time to go on the market.

And, for this reason, they offer an airdrop or giveawey to the first to join, invest, follow the networks, participate, interact or spread the word about their project.

Others do not go as far as to create a whole new illusion, instead preferring to take the identity of some existing projects, whether popular or not, or even high-profile platforms.

Delusions

On this occasion, at Criptomonedas.eu we want to alert you about these cases on the Twitter social network. The case that we bring you next is of identity theft, specifically from Polygon.

Polygon (formerly known as MATIC) is a scalability project that allows decentralized applications to run on a network with lower fees, higher speed, and interoperability with the Ethereum network.

This is the real Polygon Twitter account: @0xPolygon and from this account no raffle is being carried out.

As you can see, it is verified by the social network, and it has 1.7 million followers.

However, from a random account (@0xPoIygon_) they are doing a special promotion for users who follow them on Twitter, and who interact in a designated post.

In said publication they assure that they will distribute $10,000 in their token ($MATIC) for each of the 50 people who are selected in their draw.

“(…) 50 people who follow, retweet, like this post and we give each of them $10,000 in $MATIC from the end of the year,” they published on December 26.

That is, we are talking about $50,000 ($MATIC).

In addition, they assure that they will choose 10 winners, every day, starting today.

Attention to detail

The @0xPoIygon_ account has exactly the same front as the previous one, same profile image, same header, and same project introduction.

Sometimes when it comes to these fake accounts, the differences are so subtle that people often overlook them. The two accounts, the real one and the fake one, are only differentiated by what seems to be an insignificant “floor”(_) at the end of user.

While in the original profile you can see certain details that are not in the fake account, such as the location, the link to its website, or the particularity that the original account was opened in 2017, while the fake one has been since 2019.

By the time this article was written, the fake airdrop post already had 373.7K views, 6,002 retweets, 199 citations, and 6,965 likes.

It had a large number of responses, many celebrating and thanking the “initiative”, and even sharing the addresses of their cryptographic wallets.

Some, excited, even label the real account on twitter with the capture of the fake airdrop.

Few are the ones who alert the rest about the reality, that it is a false account, and that in reality they are not going to receive the promised amount in $MATIC.

Report

The call is to remain alert and denounce this type of behavior that affects the cryptographic world.

If you don’t know about a project, research it before wasting your time, putting your wallets at risk or being scammed.

If you know them, verify that the account that is promoting the airdrop is the real one. No matter how much they think it is, they should make sure about which are the real users of those projects that they want to follow, or that come out of nowhere and make them curious.

It is important to check the details, remember the saying that says “The devil is in the details”.

Be careful with those people who recommend airdrops, because sometimes they are scammers promoting fake accounts.

We recommend following the steps of Twitter for those who meet the category of financial scams, or spam.

To report this content and request its analysis from the application:

  • Select Report Tweet by clicking the (…) of the post. Or in the case of being an account, go to the profile and click on the (…) that appear next to “Follow” or “Following”.
  • Select Is suspicious or spam.
  • Select the option that best describes why the Tweet is suspicious or how it spreads spam.
  • Send your complaint.

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