6 Discord Phishing Scams You Should Avoid Today
Recently, Discord phishing and scamming have been on the rise on the most popular platforms of the digital world. These apps and ecosystems are home to many underaged unsuspecting children who are prone to get excited about free stuff. But that’s not all.
These scams are often quite simple to execute as you are sent a message with a link attached to it claiming that it will provide you with a free subscription of Discord Nitro or Steam gift cards. Alternatively, you may be hit with the Discord Crypto Scam.
After clicking on the link, you redirect to a login page which would seem precisely like Discord login or, in some cases, Steam login. But, after entering your login details, you will be redirected to some random or the same page, while your login credentials will be sent to the scammers. However, we expose tons of Discord scams on our site. Today, we’ll dive deep into the phishing part of it.
Always be wary of such messages, and don’t click on links from people who claim to provide attractive benefits. Let’s take a look at six variations of the Discord phishing scams that are happening on the platform as you read this.
1. Official Looking Email
The first type is done via messaging. “Phishing scams involve hackers sending you an email that looks like it’s from a legitimate source, like your bank or another online service. The email will ask you to click on a link or open an attachment, installing malware on your device. Malware, as you probably know, is dangerous software that is designed to damage or gain access to your devices without your consent.”, says Scott Steward, from Hi Collectors.
2. Discord Sketch Scam
Steward calls the second type of Discord fraud a “Sketch Scam.” How does that work?
“This is where a user receives a message that looks like it’s from a friend. However, it is actually from a hacker. The message will ask the user to open an attachment, which will contain malware that can steal the user’s information.”
3. Discord Voice Scam
The third type of Discord scam is called “The Voice Scam.” This is where a user is called by someone they don’t know, claiming to be an official, and the caller asks them to provide their username and password.
If the user provides this information, the hacker has access to their account.
4. Discord Pyramid Schemes
“The fourth type of Discord is pyramid schemes. Pyramid schemes are when someone asks you to invest money in something with the promise of high returns, but the person running the scheme only makes money if more people join in”, says Steward.
“This type of scam often relies on social engineering tactics, like convincing people that they are friends with the person running the scheme or that they could make lots of money if they invest.”
5. Selling Stolen Accounts
The last type of Discord scam refers to selling stolen accounts. This is where a user is asked to buy someone else’s account, promising that they will be made an administrator on the new account.
“The hacker asks for the person’s username, password, email address, and age before making them an administrator. If the user provides this information, the hacker will use it to gain access to their account instead of giving it to them”.
“Hackers may also interact with you directly by pretending that they are your friend or another member of your server. These interactions often result in some kind of scam like asking for your username and password or trying to get sneaky malware onto your device. One common form of this scam is called a phishing attack.”
6. YouTube Hook With Bots and Servers
Discord expert Brice Gump from Major Impact Media (https://majorimpactmedia.com/) says that scammers create bots and servers and promote them via a YouTube video.
“They will also link it in an off-topic forum like the #general channel in hopes that some unsuspecting user would get tricked into joining their server. Many new users in Discord do not know what to watch out for, so they fall prey to these scams.”, explains Gump.
How To Avoid Discord Phishing
“Discord scams are as real as Discord itself. It may seem like some sort of joke; however, it isn’t. Users can be affected by several scams”, concludes Gump.
Here are some tips to avoid Discord phishing:
1. Do not share your password or username.
2. Never click on a link that sends you to another website, especially if the link is sent by a friend or someone you don’t know.
3. Be careful when someone says they need help with something.
4. Be careful when someone tries to get your personal info.
5. Never give anyone your private information.
6. Don’t click on links in texts messages.
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How To Report a Scammer
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