A fake EOS authority bot emerged on Telegram and requested private keys of the users’ accounts to monitor their funds and a few of them warned about the fraud, pleading to the holders not to reveal sensitive information so let’s find out more about it in the latest EOS news that we have today.
The fake EOS authority bot has been present since 2018 on Telegram and it gained fame quite fast among the EOS holders because it was able to relate the accounts with the alerts quite frequently. It looks like the bot maliciously presented itself as the EOS authority according to the official EOS explorers that started making rounds on Twitter by trying to scam user by acquiring their private keys.
The scam bot was first mentioned at the start of February 2020, when a Twitter user warned by posting a screenshot of the chat with the “EOSauthoritybot”. The bot said that the user has not set up any accounts to be monitored and asked from the user to add a new account. The suspicion has arisen when the bot asked for the owner key and the private key to the account.
The fake bot is operating under the name of EOSauthoritybot and username-@EOSauthotitys_bot to confuse users with the username of the real EOS Authority bot that operates username @EOSauthoritybot. Rami James, the well-known software developer, also warned users about the probable scam on February 12. Rami published a Medium post in which it warned about the scam with the fake EOS Authority bot on Telegram.
“This is a scam account that walks you through the process of giving up your private keys and you will lose access to your accounts,” he noted in the post.
While the cryptocurrency industry is not a stranger to scams, these kinds of Telegram bots look like they are new. There is at this time shortage of information on the number of users that were scammed or for how long this scam was operated on the messaging application. Giving your private keys to your cryptocurrency address is dangerous and will probably result in getting your funds stolen.
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