Avoid getting scammed by the fake "TeslaStrategy Giveaway"
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What is "TeslaStrategy Giveaway"?
While inspecting rogue sites, our research team discovered a scam called the "TeslaStartegy Giveaway". It is a model example of a fake cryptocurrency giveaway. This scheme promises to double the amount of Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH) cryptocurrency that users contribute to it.
Instead, the scammers will take possession of the funds transferred to the listed digital wallets, and victims will experience a financial loss.
"TeslaStrategy Giveaway" scam overview
Scams centered around cryptocurrency are becoming more prevalent with the increase of this digital currency's popularity. Fake giveaways typically have a relatively legitimate appearance and often mention real individuals, companies, and other entities.
In the case of this particular "giveaway", it incorporates Tesla and its CEO. However, Tesla, Inc. and Elon Musk are in no way associated with this scam.
"TeslaStartegy Giveaway" promises twice the return on BTC and/or ETH cryptocurrency contributed to it. However, regardless of the sum transferred into the provided cryptowallets - users will not receive anything return. Furthermore, victims of this scam will lose the cryptocurrency that they transfer.
|Name||TeslaStrategy Giveaway scam website|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Contributors will receive twice the amount of cryptocurrency that they transfer to the provided cryptowallets.|
|Disguise||Giveaway held by Elon Musk and Tesla, Inc.|
|Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Addresses||bc1qe55g309n73kdjaygu7u5n6f24cq36n7a9nzqkj (Bitcoin), 0xcc914550810e016e0bc1da38e6917f6a75b90d27 (Ethereum)|
|Detection Names (tsla2x[.]net)||Emsisoft (Phishing), Netcraft (Malicious), ESET (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (tsla2x[.]net)||220.127.116.11|
|Distribution methods||Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.|
|Damage||Monetary loss, potential loss of sensitive private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Similar scam examples
We have analyzed thousands of online scams. "ARK Invest Crypto Giveaway", "LUNA Giveaway", "Twitter Crypto Giveaway", and "BSCPad $BUSD Giveaway" are some examples of fake giveaways similar to the "TeslaStartegy Giveaway" scam.
Another popular cryptocurrency-centric scheme is a phishing scam targeting cryptowallet log-in credentials, e.g., "Congratulations You just received TetherUSDT", "Solana scam", "Ronin Wallet scam" - to name a few.
How did I open a scam website?
Misspelling a website's domain (URL) can result in accidental access to a scam page bearing a similar address. Sites that use rogue advertising networks can force-open deceptive webpages immediately upon entry or cause redirects to them when hosted content is clicked (e.g., buttons, links, ads, etc.).
Spam browser notifications and intrusive advertisements promote online scams as well. This is also true of the ads displayed by adware. Additionally, some types of advertising-supported software can force-open deceptive websites.
How to avoid visiting scam websites?
Scam sites are primarily entered via redirects caused by webpages using rogue advertising networks, mistyped URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, and adware.
We advise against using websites that offer pirated content or other questionable services (e.g., Torrenting, illegal streaming/downloading, etc.) since they are usually monetized via rogue advertising networks.
Additionally, it is important to pay attention to URLs and be careful when entering them. To avoid receiving undesirable browser notifications, do not enable suspicious sites to deliver them (i.e., do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.). Instead, ignore or deny notification delivery requests (i.e., press "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).
Furthermore, download only from official and verified channels to avoid allowing harmful software into the system. We also advise being vigilant when installing - by reading terms, studying possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all supplementary apps, tools, features, and other bundled content.
If your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate all threats.
Text presented in the "TeslaStrategy Giveaway" scam:
Giveaway Rules FAQ Transactions
Meet the first TeslaStrategy digital giveaway
During this unique event you can receive receive a part of 50,000 BTC, have a look at the rules and don't miss this opportunity!
We believe that Blockchain and BTC will make the world more fair. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, we decided to run 50,000 BTC giveaway for all crypto holders!
How to participate?
To participate you just need to send from 0.1 BTC to 30 BTC to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 0.2 BTC to 60 BTC (x2 back) to the address you sent it from.
If you send 0.1+ BTC , you will receive 0.2+ BTC back.
If you send 0.5+ BTC , you will receive 1+ BTC back.
If you send 1+ BTC , you will receive 2+ BTC back.
If you send 5+ BTC , you will receive 10+ BTC back.
If you send 15+ BTC , you will receive 30+ BTC back.
If you send 30+ BTC , you will receive 60+ BTC back.
You can participate only once!
You will send 0.1 to 0.2 BTC
You will get 0.2 to 60 BTC
Ready to participate? Hurry up!
Scan the QR code or copy the address to participate
Appearance of the "TeslaStrategy Giveaway" scam (GIF):
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- What is TeslaStrategy Giveaway 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 an online scam?
Online scams are deceptive messages intended to trick users into performing specific actions, e.g., transferring money/cryptocurrency, disclosing private data, downloading/installing and/or purchasing software, calling fake support lines, etc.
What is the purpose of an online scam?
Online scams are designed to generate revenue. Scammers can profit by obtaining funds through deception, abusing or selling vulnerable information, promoting software, spreading malware, and so on.
I have sent cryptocurrency to the address presented in the "TeslaStrategy Giveaway" scam, can I get my money back?
Since cryptocurrency transactions are virtually untraceable - reversing them is not possible.
Why do I encounter online scams?
Online scams are promoted on deceptive websites. Users typically access such pages via redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, mistyped URLs, or installed adware.
Will Combo Cleaner protect me from online scams?
Combo Cleaner can scan every website you visit and detect the malicious ones (including those that run scams). Hence, if you enter such a site - you will be warned immediately, and further access to it will be blocked.
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