It appears as if there is yet another phishing email being sent out to Blockchain.info users. It is not the first time this takes place in the Bitcoin world, as cryptocurrency owners are a high-profile target for internet criminals these days. The email in question redirects people to Blockshain.info, which is clearly a fake website.
A lot of people use web wallets these days, despite there being a lot of reasons not to. Blockchain.info is one of the most popular solutions in this regard, and many people have registered an account with them at some point during their Bitcoin career. This also makes them a big target for Internet criminals who are looking to steal users’ funds.
A new phishing email claiming to originate from Blockchain.info is making the rounds as we speak. In the message, users are asked to click on a link where they can download a “wallet backup file”. Interestingly enough, this is not something the real Blockchain.info would ever send out, as users can get a backup from just logging into the web portal.
Moreover, the users are not redirected to the legitimate site either. When clicking the link, the domain Blockshain.info will become visible. Albeit this is only marginally different from Blockchain.info, it is always advised to look at the site address first before clicking an unknown link.
What is rather intriguing to note is how hovering over the email link shows the original blockchain.info domain. This is not uncommon in the world of phishing, as internet criminals have a whole bag of tricks to lure in users. However, the emails originate from firstname.lastname@example.org, which is a dead giveaway of this being a scam.
Emails like these are usually nothing more than a major annoyance for Bitcoin users, though. It is becoming easier to discern the fake emails from legitimate ones. Plus, using common sense will go a long way as well. Companies would never redirect users to a website to download a backup file.
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