A series of fraudsters tried to impersonate the President of the Republic of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, with the aim of offering supposed profits in Bitcoin Era by obtaining confidential information fraudulently.
In this sense, the newspaper La República verified that it was a fake news. This is how it made it known, through its web portal, where they assure that it is totally false that Martín Vizcarra would recommend investing in Bitcoin to generate income.
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Although CoinTelegraph would have warned about this, the newspaper has not yet confirmed that this is a totally false story. Let’s remember that from the web portal La República, the cyber-criminals tried to capitalize on their objectives by opting to send text messages through Whatsapp in which they use the name of Martín Vizcarra, encouraging their victims (at least since April 18) to invest their money in a page called Bitcoin Era.
The fraudulent campaign is disguised under an alleged quote from Martin Vizcarra in which he teaches Peruvian citizens „how to generate extra income in Bitcoin Era“ while the Coronavirus pandemic is raging. However, experts in the area of cryptoactives found inconsistencies in the URLs and determined that they were fake pages.
They found inconsistencies that pointed to a fake page
The link pretends to be „news“ published by a local media. However, Verifier found serious inconsistencies that reveal that it is a fake page. One of the main inconsistencies they were able to pinpoint was the name of the page and the logo. Since they did not coincide with the name of the link, this sets off alarms that this is a fraud.
Phishing: Scammers seek to trick Peruvians by offering supposed profits on Bitcoin
According to the publication, the swindlers guaranteed millions in profits to Internet users only if they invested in Bitcoin. In addition to asking for money, the criminals appropriated the personal data that people entered on the fraudulent website.
These fake campaigns, known as phishing, were identified by agents from the High Tech Crime Investigation Division of Dirincri (Divindat).
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„These criminals give you a link and once inside the page they ask victims to put their personal information. At the end they ask you for information on a savings account. They need all that confidential information (to commit the scam),“ the institution said.
In the case of Martin Vizcarra, Bitcoin Era used recent photographs and statements by Peru’s top figure related to the spread of Coronavirus in that nation, but distorted to his convenience to give continuity to the growing wave of ongoing scams.