The Wolverine Can Make You Rich – Bitcoin Scam
Security in the cryptosphere is really serious business with pretty much any kind of crypto project bending over backward to ensure the security of not just funds belonging to their customers but also privacy regarding their users’ personal information. For many years, cybercriminals have devised many ways to compromise some of the biggest crypto exchanges and some of these firms, Cryptopia for example, were unable to recover. Binance, arguably the world’s largest crypto exchange was also compromised recently, with the firm losing about 7.000 BTC (which was about $40 million at the time) to the hack.
The Hugh Jackman Loophole
Some scammers are however not bothered about acquiring the skills required to successfully compromise an exchange firm. Rather, they have chosen to use the oldest trick in the book – exploiting the gullibility and desperation of people who are looking to make a ton of money in the shortest possible time. This is the case of a new Bitcoin scam making the rounds, using Hugh Jackman as a juicy bait.
The Australian actor who is best known for his recurring role as Wolverine from the X-Men and much recently his re-enactment of the life of P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman, is being used by Bitcoin scammers as the face behind a shady Bitcoin investment which promises interested investors weekly returns in tens of thousands of dollars. According to the scam which has Australians as a target audience, Jackman’s “latest investment has experts shocked & amazed but big banks are terrified”. The landing page of the scam website says that there is a “wealth loophole” that can turn literally anyone into a millionaire within a few months.
While the website is designed in a style used by many news websites, there seem to be one or two inconsistencies. Firstly, the few links embedded within the story all direct to one particular website that also seems like a sham with no real content apart from a desperate attempt to get people to part with their money.
Furthermore, the page supposedly has almost four thousand comments and about three times that number for the amount of times it has been shared. Even the button that’s supposed to let you see more comments since 3,719 comments can’t be shown at once on one page, directs you to the same sham website. It’s also quite easy to note that unlike most credible websites, this page has no information about the owner(s) of the website, affiliates, physical address of contact.
Visiting the site, you would also notice a popup that shows Jackman corporately dressed in a black suit, speaking at a crypto event with the Bitcoin logo in the background. Without as much as a closer look, it’s easy to notice that the picture was edited and there is no real picture of Jackman preaching the Bitcoin gospel.
“Banks Want to Shut Us Down”
Jackman is quoted on the website talking about the earning possibilities and mentioning that it’s so huge, Australian banks wants to stifle its growth. Supposedly, Jackman encouraged everyone to act quickly saying:
“What’s made me successful is jumping into new opportunities quickly – without any hesitation. And right now, my number one money-maker is a new cryptocurrency AutoTrader Program. It’s the single biggest opportunity I’ve seen in my entire lifetime to build a small fortune fast. I urge everyone to check this out before the banks shut it down.”
This was allegedly during an interview with popular Australian media presenter, Waleed Aly, where Jackman showed Aly proof of earnings. As expected, a picture that looks like a screenshot of certain transactions that show Jackman earning between $10,394 and $25,492 is displayed.
Do Nothing And Earn More
The fake trading platform supposedly supported by Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Richard Branson, uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to “automatically handle long and short selling for you so you can make money around the clock, even while you sleep.” The page also mentions that earning isn’t restricted to Bitcoin and also includes other cryptocurrencies including Ripple’s XRP, Ether (ETH), Monero (XMR) and Zcash (ZEC).