You can see a lot of messages about different cryptocurrencies while browsing the Web, and, especially, social networks. Dogecoin will likely be among the most mentioned ones, because of several factors I will describe below. Cybercriminals, who want to get profit from fooling the people, started a spamming campaign, offering to send a certain amount of Doge to the specified crypto wallet, in order to get your Dogecoins amount twisted. But nothing will happen when following these steps. In this article, you will see the explanation of this scam, as well as the ways of understanding that the promotion of this fraudulent activity is malware-related.
How does the Dogecoin scam work?
You may see the messages in Facebook, Twitter, or wherever in social networks stating that you can double your Dogecoins by sending at least 5000 DOGE to a certain crypto wallet. The link for this attraction of unprecedented generosity will be just below the explanation text. Besides the messages in social networks, you can also spectate advertisements with the same call. Whatever it is, you will be redirected to musk-in.com – the website where the fraudsters do their job.
JOIN THE GIVEAWAY
Elon Musk believes that blockchain and Doge will make the world fairer. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, We decided to run 100 000 000 DOGE giveaway.
To participate you just need to send from 5 000 DOGE to 10 000 000 DOGE to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 10 000 DOGE to 20 000 000 DOGE (x2 back) to the address you sent it from.
If you send 5 000 DOGE, you will be get 10 000 DOGE back.
If you send 10 000 DOGE, you will be get 20 000 DOGE back.
If you send 100 000 DOGE, you will be get 200 000 DOGE back.
If you send 1 000 000 DOGE, you will be get 2 000 000 DOGE back.
If you send 5 000 000 DOGE, you will be get 10 000 000 DOGE back.
If you send 10 000 000 DOGE, you will be get 20 000 000 DOGE back.
Contribution Special BONUS:
10 000 DOGE + = 1 000 DOGE BONUS
25 000 DOGE + = 2 500 DOGE BONUS
50 000 DOGE + = 5 000 DOGE BONUS
100 000 DOGE + = 10 000 DOGE BONUS
1 000 000 DOGE + = 100 000 DOGE BONUS
10 000 000 DOGE + = 1 000 000 DOGE BONUS
You can send DOGE to the following address:
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Waiting for payment
7 999 874 / 100 000 000
to get your DOGE!
— The note on mentioned website
On that page, you will be told that this charity is powered by Elon Musk, and the Doge giveaway is the way Musk thanks his fans for the Dogecoin purchases. And it is partially a truth – Musk really called to buy Dogecoin through his Twitter account several times. However, he told nothing about the giveaways or any other events which can be even close to that “giveaway”. The Dogecoin scam is not related to Elon Musk, but just exploiting his name.
According to this website, to get your Dogecoins doubled, you need to fill in information about yourself in the form, and then transfer a designated amount of DOGE to the specified wallet. Fraudsters state they will not do any backward payments if the transaction is less than 5000 DOGE (about $230). However, there is no difference if you will send 5000 DOGE or 15000 – you will get nothing.
Besides the financial loss, which is relatively small, you also give the cybercriminals your credentials. Personal data sharing is among the main rules of this “charity” act. After some time, your data will be sold. And no one can say who will get your info – it can be purchased by other cybercriminals, spammers, online retailers, etc. But the fact that your email will be full of unwanted messages or even spam is 100% unwanted.
Malware-related appearance of Dogecoin scam
Different adware variants appear to be a spreading method for this scam. Adware is a type of malware which brings money to its creators by showing the unwanted ads to its victims1. As the virus is successfully injected, it starts opening the musk-in.com page, trying to involve the victim into this fraud. Some viruses don’t open the exact page but show you the pop-up message or banner, where the information is offered. This distribution method is very close to Google membership rewards scam – similar thing where the users are offered to get valuable prizes for a short quiz.
If you have a suspicion that the Dogecoin scam you see is a path of malware activity – read our malware removal guide below.
How to remove the viruses from my PC?
Adware removal is not a very complicated process, but in case if that virus is active long enough, the problems may begin. That virus type stores its files in several folders throughout your file system, and it may be hard to delete them altogether. And the single folder will be enough for this virus to perform a self-recovering. It is easier and faster to use anti-malware software. I can recommend you to use GridinSoft Anti-Malware2.
- Download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware. After the installation, you will be offered to perform the Standard Scan. Approve this action.
- Standard scan checks the logical disk where the system files are stored, together with the files of programs you have already installed. The scan lasts up to 6 minutes.
- When the scan is over, you may choose the action for each detected virus. For all files of Rkingasann.biz malware the default option is “Delete”. Press “Apply” to finish the malware removal.
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