A new study revealed that cryptocurrency-related scams almost doubled over the last year. However, forecasts are not optimistic going forward, as the report forecasts another significant increase in the number of cases in 2021.
Research Scanned Over 300 Million Websites
According to the â€œCryptocurrency Scam Reportâ€ published by fraud prevention company Bolster and shared with Bitcoin.com News, the correlation with the surge of cryptosâ€™ popularity and the coronavirus pandemic boosted the figures of crypto scams in 2020.
Bolster analyzed over 300 million websites and found out that more than 400,000 crypto scams were created over the last year. In fact, it represents a 40% increase in comparison with the numbers seen in 2019, said the study.
With such a number in place, and considering the bitcoin (BTC) becoming increasingly mainstream, crypto scams could witness an increase of 75% in 2021, stated Bolster.
Shashi Prakash, co-founder and CTO of Bolster, told Bitcoin.com News:
Chainlink Is Among the Top Three Cryptos Used for the Scams in 2020
Most of the scams were related to fake prizes, giveaways, or sweepstakes, as well as celebrity impersonations. Elon Musk, John McAfee, and Yusaku Maezawa were the top three celebrities impersonated over 2020.
Also, the top three of the most used cryptos for the scams were bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), and chainlink (LINK). Moreover, scammers impersonated crypto exchanges such as Binance, Coinbase, and Gemini.
The Cryptocurrency Scam Report provided further details on the correlations found during the research:
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