Most Common Telegram Scams and What You Can Do About Them
Telegram has become one of the world’s top communications mobile apps – now has over 500 million users. However, here are the six Telegram scams that everyone should be aware of, from crypto Telegram groups to fake jobs. Let’s dive in. Also, feel free to contribute in the comments section with the building of a Telegram scammers list.
1. Crypto Telegram Groups Fraud
Cryptocurrencies are used for a lot of things. If you’re lucky, they could make you a millionaire in no time. They’re not tied to any government institutes; however, you need to identify yourself when signing up for a crypto wallet. Scammers and criminals want to bypass this exact part of the crypto business when they use a cryptocurrency for fraudulent practices, like money laundering or transferring money from a stolen bank account into a crypto wallet.
This is where Telegram comes into play, as suspicious crypto Telegram groups. Being an encrypted messaging app, the platform makes a perfect hub for criminals to sell IDs, passports, and Social Security Numbers to other fraudsters to bypass verification. And they’re rarely removed from the application. Usually, scammers who approach victims claim to be good-looking girls who also post their fake profiles on dating apps.
So next time you’re discussing crypto on Telegram, maybe even get offers where you need to give them your personal information: DON’T. Here are some other Bitcoin scams to avoid.
2. Fake Jobs On Telegram
When people are unable to find a job for a long time, they get frustrated and devastated. That’s why getting a job offer that pays well is like an ice-cold bucket of water in the desert.
But beware, because new Telegram scams try to lure people in with all sorts of fake job postings, where you might end up working for a month and then never get paid or having to pay for something in advance and then never getting the job.
A few critical signs to look out for are salaries too good to be true and employers not wanting to have face-to-face meetings, not even on Google Hangouts, Skype, or Zoom. And no, having a website for a ‘new company looking to hire is not proof of legitimacy. Always make sure to check if it’s fake or not – for that, you can use the Scam Detector’s website validator tool.
Here are more job scams to be aware of.
3. Marketplace Products on Telegram
This scam isn’t new, but Telegram provides fraudsters a “safe” way to scam people. They post ads and offers on various platforms like Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or even eBay, usually on otherwise expensive products like cameras, laptops, cell phones – for very low prices.
Then they convince the buyer to continue the talk on a messaging app, like Telegram, an encrypted messaging app, so their identity can remain secret. They also often use local telephone numbers to look more legit.
And then you know the rest: the scammer convinces the buyer to pay for the item in advance, but then the package never arrives. Or, if at all, it’s not going to be the product the victim expected.
4. The Restaurant Scam
This scheme is a little different than the other Telegram scams but just as dangerous. Fraudsters post in various Telegram forums and promote their ability to purchase food and beverage orders at far lower-than-normal rates.
People wanting to order food at these “lowers rates” can place an order by sending a message to the scammer with a screenshot of their shopping cart and the chosen food delivery platform along with their delivery addresses.
The fraudster then replies with an offer to purchase the items for much less than the actual price. If the diner accepts the request, he must make a payment using a digital currency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Dogecoin. Of course, what they pay is worth less than the amount they would’ve had to pay if they had ordered the food directly from the restaurant.
The fraudster then creates a new account and uses stolen credit card information or a hacked account with stored value to make a payment for the order and have it sent to the diner. Note that the scammer orders the food for the same amount the restaurant could’ve, except that he paid for it with someone else’s money but keeps the crypto for themselves.
Now the diner who ordered the food wasn’t scammed in this case because they received their purchase. But this is an excellent example of what your stolen credit card or bank account information might be used for.
5. Fake Friends On Telegram
The reason you should keep your profile private on all social media and only allow your REAL friends to see it is that scammers can easily steal your photos and pretend to be you. In this scheme, scammers will claim to be one of your acquaintances on Telegram and send you a message seemingly wanting to revive your friendship.
Suppose you are someone sharing everything on social media. In that case, they might even get information about your past relationship with whom they’re impersonating so that they could seem as legit as possible.
Fast forward, when the two of you become buddies, they come out with their real intention, which is none other than asking for money, that they say will pay back. Being the good-hearted person you are, you help them out, not knowing that you’ll never see that money ever again.
To avoid this, don’t let anyone see your list of friends on social media so you don’t become a victim of one of these Telegram scams. It’s pretty suspicious of some old acquaintance asking for a small loan, anyway.
6. COVID-19 Vaccine Scam
With the news that the 3rd COVID-19 vaccine might be needed or even mandatory, scammers revived their fraud actions from the pandemic’s beginning. They offer to sell you the vaccine outside the official distribution so you could benefit from the extra protection before anyone else.
Scammers offer COVID-19 vaccines on Telegram to individuals that want to skip the line. Some claim access to the Chinese Sinovac vaccine, which is not authorized in the United States. But they also offer Pfizer and Moderna. They promise overnight shipping and all this for a reasonable price. There is not one scenario in any of this that could be legit.
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Let your family and friends know about these Telegram scams by sharing the article on your social media. You can also officially report crooks to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using the following link: Report To The FTC Here
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