Many people lose tens of thousands of dollars because of strange links
Van Sinh (Dong Thap) lost more than $50,000 worth of Bitcoin after clicking on a link in an email
Mr. Vo Do Thang, Director of Athena Cyber Security and Administration Training Center, said that Sinh was the victim of a phishing attack. The most common form of this attack is sending malicious emails or malware links. If the victim clicks on the link, the malicious code can download to the device and take steps to steal the user's account.
"Once the malicious code has entered the device, the bots will take over the account and drain the money without the user being able to do anything. With cryptocurrencies, it is even more impossible to get back the lost property," he said. Thang emphasized.
According to data from blockchain research firm Chainalysis in early 2022, the loss of cryptocurrency-related crime will amount to $14 billion in 2021, an increase of 79% compared to 2020, mainly due to theft and fraud aimed at targeting individuals and businesses that own cryptocurrencies. Particularly for individuals, two of the most common scams are carpet withdrawal and phishing.
According to Fortunes, more and more cryptocurrency scams in the form of phishing have been reported. In December, Reddit account PowerofTheGods reported losing $120,000 from both "hot" and "cold" wallets after clicking on a suspicious link. This person said he has been investing in cryptocurrencies since 2016. The token is divided into 5 parts, with 80% in the Ledger Nano S "cold" wallet and the rest on four Metamask wallets.
"I looked at the zeros on my account and really didn't understand what was going on. I only plugged in Ledger wallet once to check the account, but the whole money was gone," this person shared. on Reddit.