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Ignore Binance giveaway or scams claiming to multiple digital currency

Also Known As: Bitcoin giveaway
Damage level: Medium

What is Binance giveaway scam?

It became popular for scammers to offer free giveaways of Bitcoin or other digital currencies in exchange for paying a registration fee by providing some personal information. Scammers behind this particular giveaway scam claim that the more cryptocurrency people send, the more they will get back.

These scams have to be ignored. No people ever received any amount of cryptocurrency back and simply lost the cryptocurrency they sent to scammers.

Binance Bitcoin giveaway scam

There are at least two variants of this scam; one of them is designed to look like a Binance cryptocurrency giveaway established by Changpeng Zhao, the founder, and CEO of Binance. Like most scams of this type, in order to trick unsuspecting people into sending larger sums of cryptocurrency, this one claims that people can participate in a giveaway only once.

As stated in the "Rules" section, to participate, people have to send at least 15 BNB (Binance Coin) to the provided wallet address, and they will receive twice the amount they sent. The maximum amount of Binance that can be sent is 10,000 BNB. Moreover, the scammers behind this fake giveaway offer bonuses.

For example, they claim that if people send 50 or more BNBs, they will get 100 BNB plus 10%; if they send 500 or more BNBs, they will get 1000 BNB plus 20%, and so on. This scam page also contains a fake number of people who already participated in the giveaway and a list of transactions of sent and received amounts of Binance.

Another giveaway scam variant claims to be a Bitcoin giveaway. It offers to receive ten times the amount of the sent cryptocurrency. For example, it offers 1 BTC in exchange for 0.1 BTC, 10 BTC in exchange for 1 BTC, and so on. In order to lure more people into this fake giveaway, the website claims that the total amount of Bitcoin is going to be given away is 5000 BTCs.

Like the first variant, this one contains a fake list of sent and received amounts (transactions) too. There are more similar scams (fake giveaways) on the Internet. Quite often, they mention real people who run crypto-related businesses (like Changpeng Zhao, Steve Wozniak, etc.).

However, these giveaways are not real and created to deceive unsuspecting people into transferring their cryptocurrency to scammers behind them.

Threat Summary:
Name Bitcoin giveaway
Threat Type Fake Binance and Bictoin giveaway
Hoax The more cryptocurrency is sent, the more will be received in return
Disguise BNN giveway by the founder of Binance
Related Domains binance-gift[.]com, binance-btc[.]fund, giveaway[.]limited
Detection Names (binance-gift[.]com) Fortinet (Phishing), Kaspersky (Phishing), Netcraft (Malicious), Sophos (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (binance-gift[.]com) 185.206.162.11
Detection Names (binance-btc[.]fund) Fortinet (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (binance-btc[.]fund) 104.18.41.92
Symptoms Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.
Distribution methods Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.
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More examples of similar giveaway scams are "Doge Giveaway Scam", "BTC Giveaway Scam", "LiteCoin Giveaway POP-UP Scam". It is noteworthy that there are other cryptocurrency-related scams, for example, fake exchanges offering cheap Bitcoin (or another cryptocurrency), giveaways of digital currencies in exchange for a registration fee, personal information.

Another important thing to know about scam websites is that most people end up on them accidentally. Typically, unreliable websites get opened through other shady sites, clicked deceptive ads, or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most users unintentionally cause downloads, installations of unwanted applications when those apps are bundled together with other, mainly free programs. In other words, when PUAs are offered in downloaders or installers for freeware and users do not opt out/decline them before finishing downloads or installations.

In most cases, users can do it using certain checkboxes (by unticking them) or "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or other settings (by changing them). Sometimes users download or install unwanted apps by clicking deceptive advertisements.

They cause it when they click ads designed to run certain scripts. Typically, such ads appear on dubious pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Programs should be downloaded from official pages and via direct download links only, the same applies to downloading files. Peer-to-Peer networks (like eMule, torrent clients), unofficial websites, third-party downloaders (and installers), etc., are not reliable sources for downloading (or installing) any programs.

Downloads, installations should not be finished without checking and changing "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings if downloaders, installers come bundled with unwanted apps. Advertisements on questionable pages should not be clicked as well.

Very often those ads are used to promote shady websites and can be used to distribute unwanted apps. Any unwanted, suspicious, unknown extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins that are installed on a browser and/or programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system should be removed.

If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of binance-gift[.]com website (GIF):

binance-gift.com website (GIF)

Text in the Binance giveaway scam:

Giveaway Rules Bonus FAQ Transactions To join
Hurry up and take part in the giveaway of 150,000 BNB
During this unique event we will give you a chance to win 150,000 BNB, have a look at the rules and don't miss on your chance!

More info
Participate in the giveaway

BNB BNB 150,000

USD Dollar 40,000,000

Changpeng Zhao Event 2021 Marketplace Price Predictions Live Event 150,000 BNB Giveaway About

We believe that Blockchain and Maker coin will make the world more fair. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, We decided to run 150,000 BNB giveaway.

Rules

To participate you just need to send from 15 BNB to 10,000 BNB to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 30 BNB to 20,000 BNB (x2) to the address you sent it from.

Bonus
For example
If you send 15+ BNB, you will get 30+ BNB back.
If you send 30+ BNB, you will get 60+ BNB back.
If you send 60+ BNB, you will get 120+ BNB back.
If you send 120+ BNB, you will get 240+ BNB back.
If you send 240+ BNB, you will get 380+ BNB back.
Extra bonuses
50+ BNB = 10% Bonus
500+ BNB = 20% Bonus
1000+ BNB = 40% Bonus
10000+ BNB = 50% Bonus
You can only participate once.

47 210 BNB already sent to participants!
Hurry up and take part in the giveaway!

Use this QR code to participate

47 210 BNB
150 000 BNB
You can send BNB to the following address:
bnb10tlnze2zndp7zdclzmu6pdayn3vdjmutmpe5m0


Waiting for payment

What do I have to do to participate in the giveaway?
How long will it take me to get my bonus?
Who is the sponsor of this giveaway?
How many times can I participate in the giveaway?
How do I get my bonus?
Transactions for Address

Giveaway Rules Bonus FAQ Transactions To join

Another variant of this fake giveaway scam offering Bitcoins (binance-btc[.]fund - GIF):

binance giveaway scam website second variant offering bitcoins

Text in the BTC giveaway scam:

5,000 BTC Giveaway!
To verify your address, just send from 0.1 to 10 BTC to the address below and get from 1 to 100 BTC back!<
14pb4354r7PjaFynhmx5AhE915fwbgcEVu
Click/tap here to copy the address!
Waiting for your transaction...
1. To make a transaction, use any wallet or exchange that supports Bitcoin.

2. Send small amount you want multiplied by the promotion from your
wallet. For example, to get 10 BTC, send 1 BTC. You can use Electrum or
your wallet of choice to send BTC.

3. Once we receive your identifying transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.
4. If you are late, your BTC will be instantly refunded to your address! No risk!
Still waiting for transaction? Click HERE!
Every participant who is late gets their BTC immediately sent back - you won't lose anything.
Left Bitcoin
2824/5000

A variant of Binance-themed scam offering Tether cryptocurrency (giveaway[.]limited website):

Binance-themed scam offering Tether cryptocurrency

Text presented within:

Binance

To verify your Tether (Erc-20) address, just send from 100 to 10 000 Tether USDT to the generated address below and get from 200 to 20 000 Tether USDT sent back to the address you sent Tether USDT from or the one you specified below, you will get double of what you send to the giveaway address.

In this event, participant will get 2x(double) of whatever they send to the giveaway address instantly which can be traded on any exchange

How To Participate:
Step1: Make sure you have at least 100 Tether USDT or above in your wallet.
Step2: Enter the amount you wish to invest below.
Step3: Enter the Tether USDT address you want to receive the bonus with
Step4: Click the "Generate Payment" button to generate the payment address.
Step5: Send the amount you entered to the generated address.
Step6: Wait for at least 1 - 8 minutes.
The 2x bonus will be sent to the address you entered or the one you sent the Tether USDT from.

Amount: 0
Bonus: 0

Address:
Enter your Tether USDT address
Generate Payment
xLeft Tether USDT715 132 / 1 000 000

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

PUAs uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the bitcoin giveaway, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with bitcoin giveaway removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the bitcoin giveaway, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the bitcoin giveaway, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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