Are you an avid Twitch user? If you are, you’ve most likely noticed the wave of scammers spamming streamers’ chats with messages advertising crypto scams. Read on to learn everything you need to know, including how you can ensure you don’t fall victim to such scams.
TwitchGive[.]com Is a Scam
The scam is fairly simple in its delivery: scammers visit popular streamers’ channels and spam their crypto scam messages.
As you can see in the above example, the scammer is claiming that Twitch has moved into the crypto space, and to celebrate it’s giving away free Bitcoin. There are several different variations on the above message, but they all include the same TwitchGive[.]com link.
Fortunately, the website the link leads to has been taken down, but before it was, many people left negative reviews about the site on ScamAdviser, warning other potential victims.
To be clear, TwitchGive[.]com is 100% a scam. Anyone who deposited Bitcoin on the site (in the belief that their crypto would be doubled, for example) would have lost their money. Anyone who entered their personal information on the site would have greatly compromised it by handing it over directly to the scammers. If you come across similar messages or websites in the future, please don’t take the bait.
The Scammers Don’t Stop
This recent wave of TwitchGive scams isn’t the first time we’ve seen scammers targeting services popular with gamers with crypto scams. Last year there was a large number of Discord cryptocurrency scams, and there are sure to be more in the future.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that just because TwitchGive[.]com is currently down, doesn’t mean that it won’t come back online at some point or that the scammers won’t simply create another scam website to link to. With that said, check out the next section for ways to stay safe from such scams.
Tips for Avoiding Scams
- Be suspicious of unsolicited messages that mention giveaways or prizes.
- Avoid oversharing information online because it can help the scammers gain your trust and seem more convincing.
- Be aware that crypto scams are everywhere nowadays — if it seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is.
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