Protect your Digital Assets

by Aryan Jabbari

Since the beginning of the internet, there've been scam artists looking to capitalize on new virtual frontiers and runs their scams. The world of digital assets (sometimes known as NFTs) is no different. Learn to protect yourself.

Don't Trust, Verify

If there's anything you get from this article, it's this.

Verify that you're chatting with the correct person. Verify the person on the other end of the keyboard is who they say they are. Do so via multiple public channels. For example, if a message from an alleged Scarce City administrator were to come across your Telegram, Twitter, etc., publicly ask that alleged administrator in the Scarce City Banter channel. Question that person again and again. No worries, we won't get offended. We understand the need to do so.

Be Wary of New Group Chats

A common tactic of Telegram scam artists is starting a new group chat (with themselves or another scam artist). This means any chat history you may have had with the person in the past is not visible. Furthermore, the scam artist may chat with "the other party" (again, probably themselves) to give off the air of authenticity.

Take Your Time

A scammer giving off a sense of urgency should raise red flags. This is a weapon commonly used by scam artists to avoid you carefully thinking about what is happening and jump on the scam quickly. Take your time and think about the matter at hand. Is it a deal that is set to expire that is too good to be true? It's probably a scam.

Don't Give Social Hackers Too Much Info

Social hackers thrive off information about you, your family, etc. Do not share details of your private life, your likes, your dislikes, your email address, phone number, etc. in Telegram private chats. Hell, don't share them anywhere on the internet. Don't make it easy for yourself to be socially hacked.

In summary, don't trust, verify.

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