Yet another “anonymous Bitcoin buying service” has been promoted with automated spam comments for a while: furcoins. One of our readers has sent the following report in a comment (below)
Jan 8 – furcoins received my payment to buy bitcoin amounting to USD 1022.09 thru western union
Jan 9 – furcoins confirmed to send bitcoin to my wallet, waited for 6 hours, to my surprise furcoins send it to the wrong bitcoin address (very unlikely)Furcoins confirmed bitcoins has been sent to my correct wallet, I am still waiting for bitcoin to be deposited in my wallet for 24 hours now. Which is way beyond what furcoins guarantee to its customers of 45 minutes – 6 hours waiting time to be deposited (see faq section https://furcoins.com/faq/)I’ve been requesting several times already for a screen shot from furcoins system showing that furcoins already sent bitcoin in my wallet – furcoins won’t provide itIt should be similar to a customer sending screen shots confirming payment made thru western union or MoneyGram
Under its faq section (https://furcoins.com/faq/)Why did I not receive the coins after paying? If your payment has been received and you do not get the bitcoins within 6 working hours after paying (maximum delay), contact the customer care support 24 hours passed, still no bitcoin deposited in my walletKeep coordinating with furcoins customer support, all I just get is ‘hold’ just ‘hold’ How can I prove that a bitcoin transfer was made? By checking http://blockchain.info/address/youraddress you will be able to see the records of the coins that were sent to or from your address.no transactions have been made on my address for 24 hours already (very very unlikely)Stanley jones
Financial officer Furcoins
+1 (213) 632-4808
Cont. Update status
Jan. 10 – furcoins claims technical problem associated with my wallet which made the bitcoins sent to bounced back and reassured bitcoin will be in my wallet in the next 3 hours.
After more than additional 6 hours waiting, furcoins claims that my wallet is deactivated and my wallet is unable to accept transfer of bitcoins
I’ve been requesting several times already for a screen shot from furcoins system showing proof that furcoins indeed sent bitcoin in my wallet – furcoins won’t provide any at all
SUMMARY: still no bitcoin in my wallet (01/11/2018)
Should I be worried on such delays?
Unfortunately, this is exactly the case to be worried, and quite possibly, be ready to never see that money again.
Let’s inspect the Furcoins website to see if it’s legit or not.
- The website: made on wordpress, quick and sloppy design, resembles Liviacoins. Same site structure, similar text, same menu, same TOS. This is enough, Furcoins is a scam.
- Same “business model” as the Liviacoins scam: Bitcoin in exchange for a Western Union transfer. (Western Union is an old money transfer system where you are sending cash to any country using only a person’s name as an identifier. The person will pick the money in that country using an ID, naturally this could be a fake ID in a faraway land). Another payment method used is MoneyGram.
- Fake company, fake address. Furcoins company is “Fur Financials Inc. South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA”. This is what their support says when you ask them for address:
4. Fake employees. “Stanley Jones” does not exist on LinkedIn. Furcoins does not exist on LinkedIn.
Furcoins is a complete, outright scam. Do not send your money to these people!
Most probably this is the same group of scammers running Liviacoin and Furcoin. They use the cryptocurrency hype and promise Bitcoin purchases without ID verification, which tempts a lot of people. Once people wire their money to fake personas, the “customer support” starts wasting their time, like described in our reader’s comment above.
UPDATE: Furcoins threaten the user who complains about their scam.
See the comment by leomapa below. Furcoins support has replied to him, basically saying “we could send you the BTC you bought, but we won’t, because you’ve left bad reviews online”. This is outright criminal behavior, I hope leomapa gets his/her funds back.