Fake Webstek Scam Targets Aspiring Telegram ICO Investors

Amid a flurry of reports about messaging app Telegram’s multibillion-dollar initial coin suggesting (ICO), a newly-created webstek shows up to be attempting to ensnare would-be investors.

The webstek, hosted by the “Telegram Foundation,” is seeking funds for what it calls the “public ICO” for the Telegram TON token. Yet spil reported by CoinDesk and other outlets, the sale has largely taken place behind closed doors, with the only publicly available information related to the suggesting coming ter the form of a Form D filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

On Thursday, CoinDesk received reports of a fraudulent email attributed to Telegram, and also located a Twitter account with the username “Telegram ICO (TON)” and the treat, @ico_ton.

A screenshot of the email shows an effort to pitch the Telegram Open Network public token sale, which it states is accepting bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum spil payment methods.

The email goes on to say:

“Our efforts ter creating a better blockchain cannot take effect unless wij get the support of spil many participants spil possible. Te terugwedstrijd for your contribution wij will proceed developing this blockchain even further, providing you more advantages within the blockchain technology.”

Yet the associated webstek wasgoed registered on Feb. 12, around the time that details of the token sale emerged. According to information from Whois.com, the webpagina’s registrar is MaxiDed, which vanaf its webstek “is a real legit company, is an international organization officially registered spil MaxiDed Ltd” and is based ter Dominica.

A 2nd webstek that shows up to be associated with the scheme, telegram-ico.org, triggers a Cisco cybersecurity warning when accessed. That webstek wasgoed registered ter Russia on January 26, Whois gegevens shows. The Twitter account attributed to the Foundation wasgoed also launched te February of this year.

Telegram’s billion-dollar token sale has previously bot targeted by such campaigns, spil CoinDesk previously reported. The efforts are perhaps unsurprising, given the ICO’s high-profile status spil well spil the prevalent trend of social media-based cryptocurrency scammers.

Earlier this week, it wasgoed reported that hackers recently hijacked verified Twitter accounts to pose spil vooraanstaand individuals and entities ter the crypto industry.

Representatives for Telegram did not instantaneously react to requests for comment.

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