Below are some tips to reduce the risk of losing your hard-earned coins
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The screenshots below point out specific things to check to make sure you are interacting with the correct site.
So you received a message, saw a tweet, or whatever about hot new ICO. Don't click. Google the name of the token + "token contribution," "Ethereum," or "token."
Okay ... but how do I know this is the right URL?
On Twitter, check the URL and the USERNAME of the account. Be on the lookout for weird things like _ or capital "I"s that look like "l"s or "O"s that look like "0"s. This indicates a scammer.
Followers, images, tweets, and the name of the Twitter account are cloned by fake accounts. Ignore those.
If you have followers in common, this is a good sign! The URL they provided matches the URL you were on earlier. So let's get the address ...
... and let's check the comments on Etherscan.
Does it have any comments? Are they all angry people who had their funds stolen?
Or is there some extra verification that this is legit? Again, never rely on a single comment—multiple indications of legitimacy are ideal.
When you go to contribute, make sure you are on a legit version of MyCrypto (https://mycrypto.com/).
Check the URL. Check the SSL (it should always say MyCrypto, Inc [US]).
Check the address. Check the identicon (the blob of colors that corresponds to your address. It is an easy way to see whether the address is consistent across multiple places).
In this case, district0x's is kinda pinky-yellow and the address starts with 0xF80.
MyCrypto can automatically check your transaction to ensure it is sent to the right person. Learn more about how to use protected transactions.
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