December 9, 2022

Kaspersky Lab warns of a fake raffle of 50,000 BTC on behalf of Nvidia

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Kaspersky Lab warns of a fake raffle of 50,000 BTC on behalf of Nvidia

The Russian "Kaspersky Lab" spoke about scammers who lure victims with an offer to receive bitcoins in honor of the 30th anniversary of the technology giant Nvidia.

Virus experts believe thatthe attackers took advantage of the brand name of the largest American graphics card manufacturer, as it is popular with cryptocurrency enthusiasts. Nvidia will only turn 30 in 2023, but scammers have already decided to take advantage of the event. Unidentified people created a fake site supposedly dedicated to the anniversary, posting on it an announcement about the distribution of 50,000 BTC and a photo of Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang.

True, the site has a lot of grammatical errors, and instead of the Nvidia logo, there is a bitcoin icon.

To participate in the draw, usersmust pay the registration fee. The scammers promise that the participant will immediately get double the money back, in addition to the prospect of winning 50,000 BTC. The instructions for participants indicate the cryptocurrency address where the transfer should be sent. To increase the credibility of their site, the scammers even created a special support chat on behalf of Nvidia. Moreover, it is not clear who is responding to user messages - the criminals themselves or the robot.

The bogus site scrolls information about supposedly already paid rewards. Kaspersky researchers found out that the address indicated by the scammers was
transferred a total of 0.42 BTC (more than $8000). These funds could be sent by both deceived users and the organizers of the fake distribution themselves in order to pretend to be participants in the “lottery”.

Kaspersky security experts recommenddo not trust any published information, even if it comes from celebrities or a well-known brand. You should always double-check it on the official websites of companies. No need to click on links of unknown origin, including those in emails. Also, don't be tempted to enter contests, sweepstakes or sweepstakes, especially when users are urged to act quickly so as not to miss an opportunity - this is another common trick of cybercriminals.

Last year, Kaspersky Lab reported on scammers who, under the guise of representatives of Bitmain, allegedly sold Antminer S19j miners and disappeared from sight after receiving payment.

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