What is the "BlockChain" scam?
While inspecting deceptive websites, our research team found the "BlockChain" scam. It operates as a phishing scam. This scheme attempts to obtain victims' BlockChain cryptocurrency wallet log-in credentials.
"BlockChain" scam overview
When we accessed a site promoting the "BlockChain" scam, it appeared nearly identical to the official Blockchain.com sign-in page. In this scheme, users can supposedly regain access to their account by recovering the password, resetting it or the 12 phrase key. All of these options request users to provide their email or Wallet ID and the password.
This information entered into the phishing website will be disclosed to the scammers behind the scam - thereby allowing them to steal the exposed digital wallets and the funds stored therein. In summary, by trusting the "BlockChain" scam - users can experience significant financial losses.
|Name||BlockChain scam website|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Disguise||Scam is presented as the official Blockchain.com sign-in webpage.|
|Detection Names (web-d0e37.web[.]app)||Combo Cleaner (Phishing), Emsisoft (Phishing), ESET (Phishing), Google Safebrowsing (Phishing), Kaspersky (Phishing), Sophos (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (web-d0e37.web[.]app)||126.96.36.199|
|Distribution methods||Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Cryptocurrency-centric scam examples
We have analyzed dozens of cryptocurrency-related scams. "Solana scam", "Ronin Wallet scam", "OpenSea scam" - are a few examples of such phishing scams, while "CoinMarketCap Giveaway", "1INCH Giveaway", and "NASA ETH and BTC Giveaway" are fake digital currency giveaways.
How did I open a scam website?
Scam websites are rarely accessed intentionally. Webpages that use rogue advertising networks can force-open deceptive sites or cause redirects to them when buttons, links, ads, or other hosted content - are clicked. Mistyping a URL (website address) can also result in unintentional access to a scam page.
Intrusive advertisements and spam browser notifications promote these sites as well. Additionally, adware displays ads endorsing scams, and some types of this software can also force-open their websites.
How to avoid visiting scam websites?
Deceptive sites are primarily promoted through redirects caused by webpages using rogue advertising networks, misspelled URLs, intrusive ads, spam browser notifications, and installed adware.
Therefore, we advise against using websites offering pirated content or questionable services (e.g., Torrenting, illegal streaming/downloading, etc.) - as they are known to use rogue advertising networks. Additionally, take care when typing webpage addresses.
To avoid receiving scam-promoting browser notifications, do not permit suspicious sites to deliver them - i.e., do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or similar options. Instead, we recommend ignoring or denying notification delivery by pressing "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.
Furthermore, all downloads must be done from official and verified sources. When installing, it is important to read terms, study available options, and use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out of all additions - in order to prevent harmful content from infiltrating the system.
If your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate all threats.
The appearance of "BlockChain" pop-up scam (GIF):
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- What is BlockChain scam website?
- How to identify a pop-up scam?
- How do pop-up scams work?
- How to remove fake pop-ups?
- How to prevent fake pop-ups?
- What to do if you fell for a pop-up scam?
How to identify a pop-up scam?
Pop-up windows with various fake messages are a common type of lures cybercriminals use. They collect sensitive personal data, trick Internet users into calling fake tech support numbers, subscribe to useless online services, invest in shady cryptocurrency schemes, etc.
While in the majority of cases these pop-ups don't infect users' devices with malware, they can cause direct monetary loss or could result in identity theft.
Cybercriminals strive to create their rogue pop-up windows to look trustworthy, however, scams typically have the following characteristics:
- Spelling mistakes and non-professional images - Closely inspect the information displayed in a pop-up. Spelling mistakes and unprofessional images could be a sign of a scam.
- Sense of urgency - Countdown timer with a couple of minutes on it, asking you to enter your personal information or subscribe to some online service.
- Statements that you won something - If you haven't participated in a lottery, online competition, etc., and you see a pop-up window stating that you won.
- Computer or mobile device scan - A pop-up window that scans your device and informs of detected issues - is undoubtedly a scam; webpages cannot perform such actions.
- Exclusivity - Pop-up windows stating that only you are given secret access to a financial scheme that can quickly make you rich.
Example of a pop-up scam:
How do pop-up scams work?
Cybercriminals and deceptive marketers usually use various advertising networks, search engine poisoning techniques, and shady websites to generate traffic to their pop-ups. Users land on their online lures after clicking on fake download buttons, using a torrent website, or simply clicking on an Internet search engine result.
Based on users' location and device information, they are presented with a scam pop-up. Lures presented in such pop-ups range from get-rich-quick schemes to fake virus scans.
How to remove fake pop-ups?
In most cases, pop-up scams do not infect users' devices with malware. If you encountered a scam pop-up, simply closing it should be enough. In some cases scam, pop-ups may be hard to close; in such cases - close your Internet browser and restart it.
In extremely rare cases, you might need to reset your Internet browser. For this, use our instructions explaining how to reset Internet browser settings.
How to prevent fake pop-ups?
To prevent seeing pop-up scams, you should visit only reputable websites. Torrent, Crack, free online movie streaming, YouTube video download, and other websites of similar reputation commonly redirect Internet users to pop-up scams.
To minimize the risk of encountering pop-up scams, you should keep your Internet browsers up-to-date and use reputable anti-malware application. For this purpose, we recommend Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
What to do if you fell for a pop-up scam?
This depends on the type of scam that you fell for. Most commonly, pop-up scams try to trick users into sending money, giving away personal information, or giving access to one's device.
- If you sent money to scammers: You should contact your financial institution and explain that you were scammed. If informed promptly, there's a chance to get your money back.
- If you gave away your personal information: You should change your passwords and enable two-factor authentication in all online services that you use. Visit Federal Trade Commission to report identity theft and get personalized recovery steps.
- If you let scammers connect to your device: You should scan your computer with reputable anti-malware (we recommend Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows) - cyber criminals could have planted trojans, keyloggers, and other malware, don't use your computer until removing possible threats.
- Help other Internet users: report Internet scams to Federal Trade Commission.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is a pop-up scam?
Pop-up scams are deceptive messages designed to trick users into performing specific actions, e.g., disclosing private data, transferring money, downloading/installing software, calling fake helplines, and so on.
What is the purpose of a pop-up scam?
Practically all scams have the sole goal of generating revenue for their designers. Pop-up scams can generate profit through funds obtained by deception, abuse or sale of vulnerable information, commissions earned from software promotion, malware proliferation, and so forth.
I have provided my personal information when tricked by the "BlockChain" scam, what should I do?
Immediately change the passwords/passphrases of all potentially exposed wallets/accounts and contact their official support.
Why do I encounter fake pop-ups?
Pop-up scams are promoted on rogue webpages. These sites are primarily entered through redirects caused by pages that use rogue advertising networks, mistyped URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive adverts, or installed adware.
Will Combo Cleaner protect me from pop-up scams?
Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning visited websites and detecting rogue, deceptive (scam), and malicious ones. Hence, you will be warned immediately, and access to such pages will be blocked.