Phishing Alert — What is Phishing and how can I avoid it?

Buenos días Jammers!

Thanks to the eagle-eyed Guido P. on Facebook, BTCjam was alerted to a phishing attack.  Now we can warn you about Phishing and how to avoid it.  Phishing is an attempt to trick you into entering your account information into a fake website so they can steal your account. For example, in this current phishing attack they have created a fake version of the BTCjam website to trick you.  Remember that the real BTCjam website will always have a URL that starts with https://btcjam.com and will have the security lock icon next to it.

As you can see, there is almost no difference between the phishing site:

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and BTCjam.com, except the URL at the top.

If you see a suspicious link, always check the URL before you login.  Phishing can also be stopped by using Two Factor Authentication (2FA), as 2FA requires a unique token that is generated by your cell phone that helps prove your identity (in addition to your password).

Be aware of phishing (check that URL!) and always use Two Factor Authentication!

If you find a site that you think is a phishing site, you can report it to Google on their Report Phishing Page.

Until Next Time… Keep on Jamming!

If you need a bitcoin loan, borrow on BTCjam!  If you want to invest, invest on BTCjam!

Being Safe is Cool

Here at BTCJam we believe that people should be able to lend and borrow bitcoins in a safe, empowering enviroment free of borders, unnecessary negativity, and uncool links.

If you see a fellow community member post a link in a comments sections, please keep in mind that BTCJam does not review all links posted and a few may get past our filter from time to time. As blasephemous as it sounds, some people out there are really not trying to link you to a video of a kitten riding a turtle. Instead, they could be trying to give your computer a virus and/or stealing your personal information.

With that being said, please do not trust links fully and beware of clicking on them. Being safe is cool. If you see a comment with a link, report it and e-mail support@btcjam.com.

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What is Phishing and How to Detect It

What is Phishing?

Phishing is an attempt to steal your identity.  Some of our users have received e-mail that appears to be from BTCJam, but is really designed to trick them into revealing private information. This type of scam is called “phishing”. Under false pretenses, criminals try to get you to disclose sensitive personal information, such as credit and debit card numbers, account passwords, or Social Security numbers.

– These emails may be sent to thousands, usually at random, and appear to be messages from well-known companies.

– The phishing email contains links or buttons that take you to a fraudulent website.

– The fraudulent website typically mimics the company referenced in the email, and aims to extract your sensitive personal data.

Email addresses can be obtained by these criminals from many places on the Internet. Lists of emails may be purchased, or even guessed, If you receive a fraudulent email that appears to be from BTCJam, this does not mean that BTCJam’s computer systems have been breached.

Never open attachments, click links, or respond to emails from suspicious or unknown senders. If you receive a suspicious email that appears to be from BTCJam, report it and delete it.

How to Spot a Fake Email

  1. The sender’s address may include a seemingly official address that mimics a genuine one. It is easy to alter the sender’s email address so do not initially trust it.
  2. Typos and poor grammar are common from fraudsters, and not because they do not know how spell – it is so the phish will not be blocked by email filters.
  3. The fraudster will try to instill a false sense of urgency that usually tells you to check your account right away or something critical will happen if you do not give the information.
  4. These emails will include fake links that lead to other sites. Please hover over the link before clicking it to check if the URL leads to BTCJam.

At BTCJam, protecting our members is a top priority. Remember to report a suspicious or fraudulent email to support@btcjam.com