Fundamental Rules To NOT Get Scammed on Telegram:
If someone writes you from a Telegram profile marked as a SCAM – it is a scam. Spare yourself some valuable time and do not double-check the validity. It is a scam.
For the context, Telegram has a place to report potential scammers: @notoscam. You can send the screenshots of a conversation, username handles, or forward suspicious messages there.
When enough people report, Telegram investigates and eventually adds “SCAM” on that account to warn the users of the messenger. Your anti-scam investigation finishes here – Telegram did that for you.
If someone with a picture and the name of the admin of our chat writes you a private message offering help – it is a SCAM. The real admins of CEX.IO chat will not write you first. They will not write to you a direct message if you report an issue on the channel. They will not write to you when you ask them to message you privately.
So, if you see a “How may I help you user” in your DMs, it’s a scammer sliding in. Kick him!
If someone reaches you in Telegram saying they represent a support team, support channel, marketing team, or company management – it is a SCAM. No support is provided via Telegram.
No steps of issue resolution take place in Telegram either! It means, no instructions to resolve your issue will be sent to you in Telegram direct messages. Do not send any info about you or your account in response to private messages in Telegram!
Here are some fakes we’ve seen (and there are more!)
Key Principles to Use when in Doubt:
Now that you know the fundamentals, let’s move further! Investigative mind that you are, you need more certaintySo every time you feel like exclaiming “No but …” justifying your trust in a stranger on Telegram, come back to these three No-but Principles:
No-but Principle 1: But it says “OFFICIAL”
Whoever writes you in a direct message has “Official” somewhere in the profile. Do not get enticed! Telegram gives users a lot of freedom to create accounts with any names on. Anyone can use whatever name they wish, from “Madonna Official” to “Official Darth Vader”.
In fact, next time someone “Official” writes to you, tell them that you are an Official Knighted Scammer Warrior. And tell them to run.
No-but Principle 2: But YOU wrote to me, admin!
So the person on the other side tries hard to convince you that he/she is a real chat admin. Yea, they do not write to anyone, but you are an exception and this is urgent (blah blah blah all that stuff).
Wanting to feel like an exception (not to mention that the admins of the chat are kind of hot
Now, take a close look at the username (so-called Telegram handle in a profile) of a person you communicate with. Important: username is different than a bio or the name on the profile!
A username can only be taken ONCE by one user. If someone already took it, another user cannot create an account with the same username.
A bio is something Telegram users would write about themselves (to impress others or to have a nice opener for a conversation). This can be anything – more on that later!
A name is often confused with a username (name
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Beginner level scammer:
Modifies the username of a real admin ever so slightly, by changing the order of a couple of letters to make it almost unnoticeable to other members of a chat. Notice that the NAME on the profile is exactly the name of an admin (because a scammer can choose any name).
Intermediate level scammer:
Takes a common letter “l” (as on Leo) and changes it to capital “i” (as in Ice cream). It works vice versa too – swapping I (capital “i”) for lowercase l (as in love). The resulting usernames look identical! A quick way to reveal this trick is to 1) copy a username that contains those letters; 2) paste it in any text editor that lets you format text; 3) make all letters UPPERCASE and see how different a user name looks now!
RambIinlrishRover –> RAMBIINLRISHROVER… Double strike! So easy!
Advanced level scammer:
Does not use a username at all AND uses the username of a real admin in the bio. Remember, a bio can be anything, even a username of your dear admin. With username copied in the bio, profiles of the authentic admin and a scammer look nearly identical, with the exception that one says “bio” and another “username”. Start noticing those things, my fellow detective!
As you, by now, understand, scammers can also continue changing usernames, names, bios, pictures. They probably have a special Scammer R&D Department with some interns making combos of usernames and other interns buying cheap phone numbers in bulk to attach accounts.
Simple attentive comparison of profiles – one who writes you and one who is listed as a real admin in chat – will suffice here to provide enough evidence in your forensic investigation.
No-but Principle 3: But they talk legit
If you did not read anything above and just scrolled here, you probably have someone who reached out to you in Telegram direct messages and who uses “extremely professional language”
Among the masterpiece scammer language inventions:
“Hitting hash script”
“Rectifying sync wallet”
Do you know what’s common in these phrases? They mean NOTHING! For some, they might sound convincing, but it’s just a bunch of words. Oh, by the way, there is nothing wrong with your account – a scammer just makes it up to grab your attention!
Behind the unfamiliar (and meaningless) terms scammers use is really an intention to make you feel incompetent and convince you to trust them. But now you know better! We are making serious progress, Dr Watson!
Identifying Scammers Requests
If you paid a little bit of attention to everything above, the investigator in you should be sufficiently satisfied to confidently press the BLOCK button on a direct message from someone who claims to be able to resolve your issue. Block and leave the scammer on “Read”! What a savage!
Let’s look at typical scammer requests, in case username and language forensics were not enough for you. This will be a nice addition to the whole scammer profile, so your investigation file has some hardcore evidence.
Typical Scammer Requests:
Any of the above should start ringing in your head!
Psychological Tricks Used By Scammers:
Though Telegram scammers are far from intellectuals (or they would be doing something else), they deploy basic psychological pressures to make you comply with their requests.
At this point, at every step you had a confirmation – whoever offers you help on Telegram is a SCAM.
Get in My DM = It’s a SCAM
You can get as many proofs as you wish. Yet, even one proof – the fact that they wrote to you first in Telegram – is enough. Yes, my Detective Pikachu, that’s right, if someone wrote you privately claiming to be from our platform – you got enough evidence of an attempted scam. The investigation is complete!
What if it’s a well-wishing fellow?
What if someone who writes you does not claim any connection to our platform? Just a nice person who you happen to be in the same chat… Let’s call her Lori (and she knows who she is). Nice profile picture… Nothing pressing in a conversation…. Just an epitome of some good old networking.
One day she just shows up with a nice “Hi, can we connect” and it does not feel like a threat at all. Tough luck – most likely it is also a scam, in a unicorn wrap.
Well-wishing fellow profile:
Well-wishing fellow scammer requests and proposals:
The magic proposal (aka definite SCAM TRAP):
Inevitably a “well-wishing fellow” in Telegram offers you to join in on this grand money-making scheme and, boy, it sounds good! TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE (because it isn’t true).
That sums it up for that nice well-wishing fellow who reached to you on Telegram “just to connect”. A nice fellow turned out to be a nasty scammer!
Now that you’ve got the wisdom about identifying a scam on Telegram, how do you oppose the dark forces? How do you fight scam in Telegram communities? How can you be that good warrior who can make the world a little better?
Here is where you start:
Dear friend, we are on a mission to stand strong against scammers on Telegram! Do you have what it takes to join the resistance? Then do your part!
Do your own research! Understand the industry you want to participate in! Test and verify things before spending your money!
Follow the simple rules in this guide, apply the tips and principles with discipline, you are more than well-prepared to be a powerful warrior against scam on Telegram that sneakily slides in your direct messages!
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