Avoiding Fraudsters – Beware of Phishing

Dear Community,

It has come to our attention that there have been a few attempts by individuals to clone Crowd for Angels accounts and contact members of our social media channels in the hope of facilitating funds fraudulently. As such, we wanted to write a blog on what you should look out for and checks you can undertake to avoid a potential fraudster and phishing attempts.

Remember no admins will ever ask you to send funds directly to a wallet, nor will we ask for personal account details such as your password or bank account details. If you are ever in doubt who you are talking to online please call our office directly on 0207 437 2413.

Cloned Accounts:

In the two images below we have a FAKE account on the left-hand side and a REAL account on the right-hand side. You should always check the person’s username very carefully for misspelling. As you can see, there is a very subtle change in the spelling of “adcock” to” adcoc” – missing the K, this slight change by the potential fraudster is a clone of a real user and an attempt to solicit information or funds.

An image showing 2 telegram accounts - the left image is fake and the right is real

Fake Emails:

Any email from the Crowd for Angels team will always come from our @Crowdforangels.com domain ([email protected]).

In the example below, we can see that “James”, our potential fraudster has been in touch using an email registered with Outlook.com and has mentioned the company name as part of the unique address.  Sometimes this can be misconstrued because the email provider highlights the first name “James” and the last name “Coinlisting” in this case. Therefore giving the reader the impression that James is from Coinlisting. This is NOT the case, as James is using an Outlook domain and can be from anywhere!

It is also important to take a look at the language used in the email and to see if it matches your expectations of an email be received from a professional organisation. An image showing a fake and real email exchange

If you receive an email that you believe is suspicious, please forward it to [email protected] 

Unrealistic Offers:

It is often said that if an offer is too good to be true, then it probably is. Recently, there has been a wave of fraudsters posing as well as known individuals offering “FREE” cryptocurrencies, if the user first pays a small amount. This is a very common scam and is a similar to fake lotteries, items to be delivered scams and releasing funds scams. Remember, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. 

A fake tweet from supposedly Elon Musk for a scam.

Another example of the ‘Unrealistic Offer‘ is that of the Discounted sales pitch. This is where a user will offer to sell you their holding at a discounted price. In the image below we see a user “007Crypto” selling 20,000 Stellar tokens worth $1600, for about $1,000 (8 ETH) – nearly 40% discount. Now on the surface this might seem like a bargin and only a little administration work for you to realise a financial gain but 99% of the time it is a scam.

The User will not provide concrete evidence of ownership and will insist you PAY first and if you do, you will have lost your funds. Remember a quick check is to ask the user to send a very small amount of the crypto to you, showing at least control of the asset. And remember, if you do want to proceed, consider using a third party to custody the assets for the swap.


Make sure you double check a transaction before you commit and ask yourself if it reasonable, or simply sounds too good to be true.

We hope that the above example has given you some information on what to look out for when communicating online. Remember, no admins will ever ask you to send funds directly to a wallet nor will we ask for personal account details, such as your password or bank account details.

Should you wish to talk or confirm the identity of a communication, please call Crowd for Angels on +44 (0)207 437 2413

Last updated 12th March 2019

2 Responses

  1. Graham Gardner
    Graham Gardner December 9, 2018 at 1:31 pm | | Reply

    Thanks. Very helpful and timely.

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