Anatomy of a SCAM: crypto-fast dot info aka “help me withdraw my Bitcoin”

Today I’ve had several unknown people contact me on Telegram and ask for help in withdrawing their Bitcoins from an exchange. This sounds way too suspicious to even consider to be legit, – these are all scammers or even chat bots serving scammers.

I decided to talk to one of them, to see how exactly an obvious scam like that would be set up.

World, meet “Nathan”:

nathan crypto telegram scammer withdraw bitcoins for me

 

Nathan tells me to create an account at crypto-fast dot info, let’s inspect that site a bit and see any of the common red flags that help detect and avoid Bitcoin scams.

The crypto-fast info website is an obvious Bitcoin scam, and this is how you tell a scam:

The domain is less than a month old, and was created on 2018-09-08 using a Russian registrar REG.RU:

http://whois.domaintools.com/crypto-fast.info

The site is not real. It’s just an HTML page with bits and pieces that look like a real site but nothing works. There are no terms and conditions, all buttons are fake, even the e-mail verification is fake:

withdraw coins for me scam crypto-fast-info-no-terms
Terms and Privacy Policy are not clickable because they do not exist.

 

withdraw btc for me scam crypto fast info email confirmed
I never confirmed anything obviously.

 

To someone who’s not attentive or is not internet-savvy at al this might look like the real deal.

Show this post to your family to educate them!

The scam website crypto-fast.info has literally no functionality. Buttons don’t work, the “profile” will save anything as a BTC wallet, etc. At the same time some effort was put into this – e.g. there’s an API page with some parameter for generating API keys. Nothing works there either obviously.

 

Back to Nathan! I agree to help him out and he wants to send me some BTC so that I trusted him. Cool!

nathan crypto scam crypto fast info 2

 

Since the crypto-fast.info domain is registered by a Russian registrar I figured the scammer likes Putin’s cock… I wasn’t wrong.

The scammer then edited the HTML file I was seeing to reflect the 100 satoshis he “sent” me:

crypto-fast-info-scam-fake btc balance

 

Obviosly, it’s all just plain HTML code, not any script or a variable:

crypto-fast-info scam fake balance hardcoded

 

OK Nathan, let’s see how your scam operates further:

crypto fast info withdraw to wallet scam

 

To “withdraw” to my Bitcoin wallet I had to add it to my profile. Obviously the field accepted anything, not just legitimate Bitcoin wallets, so I used Putin’s cock again:

crypto fast info scam entering fake wallet

 

Once you click “withdraw” you finally get to the point at which the crypto-fast.info scam makes their money:

crypto-fast-info scam balance frozen message

“In connection with EU adopts rules to reduce anonymity for crypto users 15 May 2018, we were forced to reduce the number of bots and alter the exchange system. Your balance of has been frozen until you make a deposit. Need to make a Deposit in the amount of 0 / 0.01 BTC”

 

Alright, the pieces fit now. Users get this message, and because of their GREED they deposit REAL BTC to save their fake 1.34 BTC balances. This is the address they want the “deposit” sent to:

scam wallet crypto-fast- info

 

1PTAaVk6onxkgU1ZXxMfcPG9txgQ6rYVef

The wallet has received 7.31160971 BTC over 581 transactions. That many people have been fucking stupid over 29 days and gave the scammer over 47.000 US Dollars.

Let’s screw with the guy a bit and see how good he is at scamming people.

I wrote him that I withdrew my share of 0.268 BTC, even though it’s NOT possible (the website only does one thing – spits out the fake extortion/EU warning). Time to send you the rest of your coin I said.

He gave me “his” wallet:

13DXwQkHhry36UopWoBeiCGc2DgDxQuruw

crypto-fast info bitcoin scam alert do not agree to withdraw funds for anyone

 

At some point he seems to realize I’ve done the impossible – that is withdrew the fake balance from his fake exchange crypto-fast info – and rushes me. I refer to the terms, but the scam web page has no terms.

He is either slow or a hired person forwarding my messages to someone else.

 

Takeways from the crypto-fast . info scam

 

1) Do not help anyone withdraw their crypto from anywhere.

2) Do not use websites that supposedly handle funds and do not have Terms of Service

3) Make sure the financial websites you sign up to have real functional page elements, contact info, privacy policy and terms of service with a company name.

4) Do not ever send any deposits for unlocking anything.

5) People in this field are naive enough to let scammers like this make $50K in 29 days.

 

Please link to this post and share it on social media to help people avoid this scam!

 

UPDATE

Nathan is worried about “his money”.

scammer where is my money

 

I told him I sent it all to his address and he kept asking for screenshots, so I had to edit the code of the site (by inspecting the HTML elements in the browser) and turning the fake error message into a fake success message:

withdrawal successful

 

It seems to work for now:

scammer fake screenshot bitcoin

 

Hopefully this will keep the fucker busy debugging his little scam website all night and possible go insane.

Stay safe!

UPDATE 2

The same group of scammers has been running multiple websites doing the same thing.

Please watch out for these and similar sites:

https://neocrypt.info/

westcrypt.info (westcrypt dot info is the same scam website)

http://mycryptoash.com

http://good-presentation.ru/profile

https://cryptogot.org

http://coinhits.com

What these scammers do is ask people to help withdraw their BTC, then direct to a fake exchange website which would in turn ask the person to submit 0.01 to unlock fake funds.

Here’s how the scam websites look, the design imitates the fully legitimate exchange Cex.io

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2 Comments
  1. dyskon says

    Haha, now this is how you deal woth scammers. Good job!

  2. Melvin says

    wow.. tnx for the info.

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