Do you guys remember the 1984 movie “Gremlins”? The plot was very simple, but I’ll try to make it short: a guy goes toy shopping for his kid and he finds this creature that he thinks is cute. He wants to buy it, however, the owner has reservations. He says that he’ll sell it but only if the man follows those simple rules: don’t expose it to the sun, don’t let it get wet, and don’t feed it after midnight.
When the character Billy (the son) got the small creature, he named it Mogwai. Obviously, water is spilled onto Mogwai, and it multiplies, causing a serious problem in the movie.
Every time I read something about scams in general, I think about this movie.
Hackers’ need to compromise and exploit people’s data seems like an endless fountain of water in which they bathe in continuously and find ever-new ways to attack.
We want to reinforce our communication with our community so that everyone can learn to identify possible threats.
First of all, never forget:
1. We rarely reach out to you directly
Our communications are made through our official channels in social media and they are often related to education and to promote our events, lives, and new features/products.
We hardly get in touch with people unless it’s a special occasion like a giveaway prize – in which you’ll know it’s official because a) you subscribed to it; b) comes from the official accounts.
Let’s not forget how to identify official accounts on social media:
Usually, in all Social Media, there is a verification sign which is placed beside the username of the company.
On Twitter, it presents itself like this:
The “tick” also presents as a symbol for officiality on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. However, it’s not always easy to get the verification according to each social media rule. At the present day, Klever is only verified on Twitter and Telegram.
So, stay sharp also for the number of followers, hyperlinks in bio, and other signs that may show the authenticity of an account.
To know more about our official accounts and to beware of scams impersonating us, read the full article.
2. Pay attention to red flags
We already brought it up here in our blog, but it’s never too much. Be careful with some signs that might indicate possible scams:
- Typographical errors and obvious misspellings in emails, on social media posts, and during any communication
- Promises to multiply your money
- Contractual obligations that lock you into holding crypto without being able to sell
- Fake influencers or claims to be a celebrity
- Psychological manipulation like blackmail or extortion
- Large social media crypto schemes
- Promises of free money
- Vague details about where your money is going
- Know When to Use a Crypto Wallet
- Just like your physical wallet, you need to protect your digital wallets from hackers. Practice good digital security habits.
Eyes on NFTs’ prize
NFTs are the new hype and we all know that. So, of course, hackers and scammers would not be far from this party.
Not only do we have to be careful when it comes to “cryptojacking” and the stealing of cryptocurrencies, now we have to watch for scammers who want to get profit from the NFT craze. To make it worse, it is already happening in our backyard.
Since Klever is a solid and fruitful project, and we like to make our communications as close to our customers as they can be, it would not be a surprise when they tried to pretend to be us and to reach for our users.
Klever recently launched its NFT Marketplace. We all know that this is another company service that follows the quality and safety of the Klever Ecosystem.
With the Klever NFT Marketplace, users can list their unique NFTs, where buyers can find them and offer the rates they need. And we already know that listing or storing NFTs on a third-party platform is very important.
In addition to Devikins, Klever Marketplace will also launch other NFTs from other blockchain platforms in the coming months. This gives users more options while trading and storing their NFTs on Klever Marketplace.
It is one of the first crypto exchanges that not only allows users to trade in NFTs but also connect their external wallets like Klever Wallet (coming soon), Wallet Connect, Tronlink.
By using Klever Marketplace, users do away with high transaction fees that they have to pay while trading on various NFTs platforms. They just have to pay a very low fee for listing, bidding, or transferring NFTs through smart contracts.
As Klever NFT Marketplace is a centralized marketplace, NFTs remain in the safe hands of the exchange and users don’t have to worry about their collectible assets. So it was only a matter of time until something that nice became a victim of scams as well, right?
Let me introduce you to another scam at the party (I told you they were like ‘Gremlins’).
Scams are luring people to negotiate outside of the Klever NFT Marketplace.
However, never fear – we are here to help and to give you more tips on how to identify and deal with that. First and foremost be wise and remember three major rules that can be resumed into one:
Don’t do anything outside the Klever NFT Marketplace official platform.
- Don’t buy anything outside the platform. Scammers wait for the payment to send the NFT, so they can disappear later.
- Likewise, don’t sell the NFT to the future buyer without a safe platform.
- Don’t make any P2P transaction via Telegram or any other chat platform (like Discord, Whatsapp, etc).
If you can watch it closely, you’ll see that all of those scams revolve around the same item of the previous list of flags that we remembered at the beginning of our talk: beware of ‘Promises to Multiply your Money’.
That’s why you have to be skeptical when it comes to easy money
Sometimes, when we enter the crypto world, we get really excited because for most of us it is the first time that we deal with a variable market, where highs and lows exist daily.
Furthermore, we are dealing with a very new and hyped segment that is growing fast with novelties and increases every day. It’s almost like we all could start investing in the stock market and we all began with Apple or Google papers. However, even though there are some new ways to get money, it’s still not a piece of cake to do it.
Getting money is mostly hard. It requires studying, dedication, attention, sensitivity to the market, and most of all: it requires time.
Miracles don’t usually happen in the practical and logical world of numbers.
That being said, we have to develop our critical senses to acknowledge what is a scam and what is not.
It has to be in our bones. We have to know how to identify them as we separate rotten fruit from good ones.
But even this ability takes time and skills. So, stay sharp and don’t ever forget to read, listen and watch experts. Educate yourself and scams will be just like flies (or small ‘Gremlins’, if you want) – a bother, but not a worry.