I came across the platform bitniex.com. It claims to be a cryptocurrency exchange. The venue itself looked professionally done. I was looking for arbitrage opportunities on the internet, and I found a nice-looking bot in Telegram. I joined myself to channel, and about one hour after, it informed me that it had found a superior cross exchange arbitrage position, a little over a 4.5% price difference. Trade was between Binance and a company called bitniex.com, an exchange platform, or so they advertised themselves. In any case, I went to their site and started to check it out.
A closer look reveals the ugly truth of it. The site itself was looking well coded and professionally done, but closer examination reveals many mistakes what legal exchange platform would never have. And of course, their prices are that much higher than other platforms, that they always deliver arbitrage position for you—what a surprise, with any coin available.
Yeah, right, the company is supposed to register in Delaware, but checking the link leads to the management company, which sells companies there, not to the Bitniex info page. Github link doesn't work, and in bots telegram channel, the Binance link goes to unexisting page 404. Of course, you cannot communicate with the other members. The next thing I checked was Trustpilot, and the story goes even more ridiculous, as the pictures below show to you.
And if you think you can believe in Trustpilot's reviews, you cant, at least not blindly, and in many cases not at all, when you are checking crypto-based companies there. Here are the screenshots from the Bitniex page at TrustPilot. For many of the scam sites I found in TrustPilot, their overall review rate was 5 star. And also, very well known and legitimate companies were reviewed very poorly, Binance, for example, 2.7 stars. Sad but true.
Different kinds of scam sites are hundreds, if not even thousands there, up running, so I found out what to do and where to inform when you stumble upon one. First of all, it depends on where you live.
EU citizens report to Eu officials, Us citizens to the US official, and so forth, ill put all those authorities addresses and information at the end of this scam report. And in addition to that, I suggest that you inform the domain DNS server about the scamsite. Heres also an excellent link where you can fill the form of the scam site: www.scamnewschannel.com.
Bitcointalk.org also have a perfect conversation board of scam accusations.
Cryptoscamdb have over 6000 entries wide database and you will help the entire cryptoecosystem by reporting scam also there: www.cryptoscamdb.org
Google have its own site for informing scams and phishing here:www.safebrowsing.google.com
What we can do to stop criminal operators from running their shady business is simple. We should inform all the authorities, domain hosts, scam prevention sites, and public forums, and hope the officials will act as soon as possible about changing the trade rules and regulations, and most importantly, the laws. At the moment, we are living in the wild west, where the name of the game is: No Face, No Case.
EU residents report the scam here: https://www.europol.europa.eu/report-a-crime/report-cybercrime-online
UK residents place to put the report: First, report your case to Citizen's Advice.
After you have done the first, be sure to report the scam to Action Fraud.
All the other areas and continents you can find from this link:
I will keep on fighting the infamous thieving bastards!
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