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Cryptocurrency scams image on www.drgeorgenecollins.comCryptocurrency or “crypto” scams are becoming more common (March 23, 2023).  And it’s important for nurses to protect themselves from all investment scams, including crypto scams.   In this blog post, we’ll uncover some common cryptocurrency scams to know about.  We’ll also explore tips to help you avoid falling victim to these scams that can ruin your finances and steal your identity.

Common Crypto Scams

Be aware of these common cryptocurrency investment scams.

Phishing Scams

These scams involve fraudulent emails, messages, or websites that impersonate legitimate crypto exchanges or wallets.  They aim to trick users into giving them their private keys or login information.  This can lead to a loss of funds or identify theft.

Ponzi Schemes

These scams promise high returns on investment but rely on new investors’ money to pay off earlier investors.  Eventually, the scheme collapses, and investors lose their money.

Fake Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

ICOs are a popular way for crypto startups to raise funds.  But some scammers create fake ICOs to steal investors’ money.

Malware

Malicious software can infect a user’s computer or mobile device and steal their crypto assets.

Pump and Dump Schemes

This crypto scam involves running the price up through market manipulation like churning or frontrunning.  Then the scammers sell the cryptocurrency at a profit.

Tips to Help Avoid Crypto Scams

Let’s explore some tips to help you avoid common crypto scams.

Be Wary of Unsolicited Messages

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Scammers often send unsolicited messages by email, social media, or text messages.  They may claim to be a cryptocurrency company.  Or they may offer you a chance to invest in a new cryptocurrency.  Be cautious of these messages.  Avoid responding or clicking on any links.  Delete the message and block the sender if you can.

 

Do Your Research

Before investing in any cryptocurrency, do your research.  Look for information about the company or cryptocurrency online.  Read reviews from other investors.  Be wary of a company that promises high returns with little risk.

Use a Reputable Exchange

If you decide to invest in cryptocurrency, use a reputable exchange.  Look for an exchange with a good reputation and is regulated.  Be cautious of an exchange that asks for your personal information or wants you to send money before you can start trading.

Keep Your Private Keys Safe

Your private keys are used to access your cryptocurrency wallet.  Keep them safe and do not share them with anyone.  If someone has access to your private keys, they can steal your cryptocurrency.

Report Suspicious Activity

Crypto Scams Image on www.drgeorgenecollins.comIf you suspect that you have been the victim of a crypto scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.  You can also report the scam to the cryptocurrency exchange or company you were dealing with.

Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Crypto scams often promise investments with high return but little to no risk.  It’s important to be cautious of these offers and avoid them at all costs.  Conducting thorough research before investing is essential to avoid falling victim to these scams.  By staying aware and following these tips, you can help protect yourself from crypto scams and avoid losing money and your identity.

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Georgene Collins

Georgene Collins, RICP®, RN, PhD, MBA is a registered nurse turned Financial Advisor at Airey Financial Group. Georgene helps other nurses take control of their finances and prepare for retirement. Georgene began her career with Airey Financial Group in 2017 after retiring from 30 years in healthcare. Georgene holds the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®) designation from The American College of Financial Services. She holds health and life insurance licenses and a long-term care certificate in Indiana and Illinois. Georgene is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative and has earned the FINRA Series 63 and 65 registrations.