Popular Browsers Like Google Fail to Catch Copycat Crypto Sites, Scams Make the Top Results

As the digital asset economy grows popular and a number of crypto companies become well known, copycat scammers appear in greater numbers. There are a number of websites that are clones of the official web page from companies that provide mining device sales, wallets, full nodes, paper wallet tools, and popular trading platforms.

Just recently, news.Bitcoin.com wrote a report on mining devices, and one of the links we found looked like it belonged to a reliable mining manufacturer, but the URL really went to a copycat site that looked identical to the original URL. People make mistakes and the fact of the matter is some of these scams can be awfully hard to catch. That’s because oftentimes these web pages look exactly the same as the official website, minus a few minor details.

Some shady websites are quite obvious, like when news.Bitcoin.com’s Terence Zimwara wrote about Bitcoin Inc. and the ostensible fractional share tokens. However, some web pages are straight-up copycat web pages, and are nearly identical to the official page. For instance, there is a copycat website of the mining rig manufacturer Strongu’s official page. Google happens to keep to have the sketchy website posted at the very top of the results page.

Popular Browsers Like Google Fail to Catch Copycat Crypto Sites at the Top of the Results

The site is called “strongutech.com” and the real web page is really called “strongu.com.cn/.” The copycat website, which uses the word “tech” in the name, was created to be a phony sales site. It also managed to make it to the top of Google’s browser results with little effort. It should be known that the copycat website is not the company’s official mining store. News.Bitcoin.com has reported it to Google’s anti-phishing page which allows people to report suspicious websites.

Spoofing reliable crypto company websites has been happening for years. For instance, six years ago the popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase was spoofed by a web page called “coinbase.re/,” and everything…

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