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All These Ethereum Scam Emails Are Destroying My Inbox

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Over the past week, I received more than 60 email notifications from people trying to steal money from me.

Well, actually, they're trying to steal cryptocurrency. You see, as part of my work reporting on cryptocurrencies, I occasionally join Slack channels where communities dedicated to particular currencies or apps hang out and talk about the issues. Recently, scammers have started to use free Slack accounts in order to send direct messages to potential victims and trick them into sending cryptocurrency. The frequency of these scams has become a full-on pandemic, with prominent critics going so far as to say that any company that uses Slack as their app's homebase is being irresponsible.

Knowing this, I usually turn off email notifications in these Slack channels so that I at least don't have to see the spam in my inbox. One time, I forgot. And ever since, I have been punished with endless spam emails. They flood in, filling up my browser page with a wall of uniform text, all screaming that I need to invest NOW. It is infuriating, and it is slowly chipping away at my sanity.

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The offending app and its Slack channel will remain unnamed because this is an industry-wide problem, and the administrators handily ban scammers as soon as they're alerted. But holy shit, this is bad.

The messages follow one of two templates, and they're usually sent to me by a different user every time. In one formulation, the scammer tells me that the app's Initial Coin Offering (a crowdsale wherein users exchange cryptocurrency for tokens that may or may not do something in the app) is about to end and I need to invest. The message includes an Ethereum address that is filled with people commenting that they've been scammed. The second stock scam message warns me that the app is going to update the code for its token contract, and sends me a link to a fake (but legitimate-looking) digital wallet service for Ethereum.

After being assaulted with email after email, I can see how these scams have managed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from people so far this year. If nothing else, they're persistent.

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tante
15 days ago
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In the end cryptocurrencies are really just about scamming people. That's their use case.
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Self Driving

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"Crowdsourced steering" doesn't sound quite as appealing as "self driving."
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tante
17 days ago
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Outsourcing AI work to people
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petrilli
16 days ago
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So much this.
Arlington, VA
mkalus
16 days ago
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"Crowd Sourced Steering" doesn't quite sound as appealing as "self driving".
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JayM
17 days ago
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Ha
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Back To The Future (Of Racism)

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Transcript of cartoon:

Panel 1
The image shows a white man with glasses and a polo shirt – let’s call him “BOB” – talking at a young woman with brown skin and short spiky hair. Bob is carrying a protest sign that says “ILLEGALS GO AWAY!”

BOB: Voter ID laws aren’t racist! They just make sure that voting isn’t controlled by illegals! No one’s more against racism than ME!

Panel 2
Bob continues to cheerfully talk, waving an arm. Behind Bob, a magic fairy, with blue butterfly wings and purple hair, has appeared with a big “POOF” sound effect and touches their glowing magic wand to Bob’s waving arm.
BOB: In fact, I wish I was back in the 1950s – I’d protest with Martin Luther King Jr!
FAIRY: Wish granted!

Panel 3
Bob is now in the 1950s. We can tell it’s the 1950s because the color scheme has changed, and also, there are a lot of 1950s cars parked on the street in the background.
BOB: Whoa! I’m in the 1950s! It looks just like “Back To The Future!” Bob is listening thoughtfully, one hand on his chin.

Panel 4
A white man in a suit, tie and hat (all 1950s style), and smoking a pipe, is talking to Bob.
MAN: “Literacy tests” aren’t about race! They just make sure that voting isn’t controlled by ignorant people!
BOB: That makes sense.

Panel 5
The man is continuing to talk to Bob, now making an emphatic gesture with his pipe. Bob snaps his fingers in agreement.
MAN: No one was angry until Martin Luther King started agitating! He’s actually making racial strife worse!
BOB: Like “Black Lives Matter” in my time!
MAN: Black lives what?

Panel 6
Bob is talking cheerfully to a black man, who has a thin mustache and wears a dark suit. The man could be MLK Jr. Bob is holding a protest sign that says “MLK GO AWAY!”
CAPTION: And so…
BOB: No one’s more against racism than ME!

“Kicker” panel (a small “extra” image below the last panel)
Bob is talking happily at the Fairy, while pridefully pointing to himself with his thumb. The Fairy facepalms.
BOB: If I lived in the 1800s, I’d definitely be an abolitionist!

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tante
17 days ago
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Racists keep telling themselves that they're not racists.
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Existential Ad Agency

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But seriously, I'm pretty sure the taco with the doritos as the shell was a metaphorical representation of our inescapable despair.
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tante
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So, so good.
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Real Estate

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I tried converting the prices into pizzas, to put it in more familiar terms, and it just became a hard-to-think-about number of pizzas.
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tante
23 days ago
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Me doing any sort of adult financial stuff.
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mindspillage
24 days ago
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yep.
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rclatterbuck
24 days ago
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This! And to an order of magnitude (or so) less extent, car buying.
dukeofwulf
24 days ago
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The US national debt is 61k per citizen, 167k per taxpayer. Hopefully those numbers are more relatable. The government is racking up a credit card on our behalf, and our descendants will get the bill. http://www.usdebtclock.org/
kbenson
24 days ago
Debt to assets or net worth might of the country be a more intuitive way to look at this, which would naturally include companies and corporations, which definitely should be included for a number like that. Unless the goal of the number is to incite fear and outrage instead of illustrate and educate. But who would do something like that?
dukeofwulf
24 days ago
The goal was to but a big number in a relatable context. If we're looking for a more fair ratio, that would be debt over GDP. That said, companies and corporations are ultimately owned by (mostly) citizens, so ultimately it comes back to a debt to personal income ratio.
dukeofwulf
24 days ago
Another thing... sure, I feel fear and outrage is appropriate. Our country has a spending problem. Both in government and individually. We can't keep spending at this rate without raising taxes.
benzado
24 days ago
I agree with dukeofwulf, it's about time we raised taxes back up to sustainable levels!
olliejones
23 days ago
Yeh. Big sovereign debt. Due to big sovereign delusion that we can have highways and airports and military adventures without paying for them.
Covarr
24 days ago
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The average price of a house and the US national debt are both "more than I make in a year".
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24 days ago
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I tried converting the prices into pizzas, to put it in more familiar terms, and it just became a hard-to-think-about number of pizzas.

Alkoholkonsum in Deutschland: Schön Saufen

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Warum ist Tabak hierzulande sehr viel strenger reglementiert als Alkohol? Eine Betrachtung zum Wiesn-Anstich. mehr...
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tante
32 days ago
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Dass die Alkoholindustrie 50 Prozent ihres Umsatzes mit Vieltrinkern und Minderjährigen macht, schwächt auch das Argument vom mündigen Konsumenten.
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