False fundraising for Ukraine is on the rise on the web. An investigation has also lifted the veil on a completely fake Bitcoin collection. This trap aims to steal the money held in the victims’ bank account.
Criminals are used to surf on the trends of the moment to generate profits. During the first containment measures against the coronavirus, many hackers also took advantage of the situation to trap Internet users with fake QR-Codes and fake applications allowing them to follow the evolution of the pandemic.
Same story with the war in Ukraine. Since the first Russian strikes, scammers have posted a myriad of fake donation appeals online. This tactic allows hackers to steal money from Internet users by developing fake sites.
A fake appeal for donations threatens to steal your money
In this context, Damien Bancal, security expert from the Zataz blog, has spotted a completely fake call for donations. Entitled “Help Ukraine”, this fraudulent page asks to pay cryptocurrencies, in particular Bitcoin, to help the Ukrainian population and “support victims of aggression” Russian.
This site, whose interface boils down to a cryptocurrency payment tools superimposed on the flag of Ukraine, offers to pay the amount of digital currency of your choice. The site seems to randomly generate receiving addresses on the blockchain.
Cryptocurrencies quickly established themselves as one of the means of crowdfunding favorites of the government of Ukraine. The authorities have notably been able to invest in weapons or bulletproof vests thanks to crypto-assets sent by Internet users abroad.
To send bitcoins to the address, the fraudulent site asks to deposit money with a payment card, such as a Visa or Mastercard. Without surprise, scammers will take money from your credit or debit card. We imagine that criminals could also take advantage of this to steal your card details and resell them on the dark web.
At the same time, the expert discovered other similar traps on the web. In the blog post, he explains that he found a fraudulent site that takes the interface of that of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and a fake site that copies that of Avencia, a cryptocurrency exchange platform.