Vienna police draw attention to a new scam. Scammers leave Bitcoin wallet on the street. If you want to access the assumed asset, an activation fee is required.
Scanning the QR code on your Bitcoin wallet will take you to a website. The “private key” listed on the paper wallet must be entered there, then the personal identification number (PIN).
This is also on the paper wallet and must be “scratched off”. It is also possible to provide sensitive data such as your phone number and email address. In order to obtain the so-called Bitcoins, an “activation fee” needs to be paid. Police warned about this scam today.
It is currently assumed that this is a special form of “phishing”. Generally, the perpetrator attempts to get the other person to reveal personal data, such as financial data such as account and credit card numbers. The result could be financial damage. Accordingly, the Vienna State Police Directorate warns against empty promises and recommends not responding to any demands.
If you have already become a victim, you must report it to the nearest police station. You should do the same if you find such a paper wallet on the street. QR codes on the wallet lead to a web link that may contain malware.
The police therefore recommend checking emails, text messages and documents for spelling and grammatical errors. Cybercriminals often operate internationally and use translation tools. You can often see this in texts. Valid phone numbers, email addresses, or logos do not necessarily indicate the authenticity of the message.
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