Messing With a Bitcoin Scammer

It’s been a while since I last messed with an online scammer, but today when I received a known phishing attempt I decided to have a little fun.

The correspondence didn’t last particularly long and I doubt I’m getting a final response, but here’s the full conversation below. I also reported the email address to Google as a phishing attempt. (My responses are in green, the scammer is in red.) Enjoy.

On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM, Coindesk wrote:

Hello, we would like to offer one of our advertising opportunities – Reviewed by
Includes – Full review of your website, security, services, payment options and many other, It depends on your business type.
Review is about 8000-14000 characters.
Price depends on a company type. Contact us for more information.
Banners for sale.
CoinDesk Ltd

On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Could you send me an example of one of these Reviewed by CoinDesk articles? Where do they appear?
I might be interested in one for What are the rates?

On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM, Coindesk wrote:

Hello. Thank you for answer.
This review was for gambling site –
This costed 0.4 BTC
CoinDesk Ltd

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Awesome, thanks!
OK, I’m in. How can we get started?

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 1:38 PM, Shakil Khan wrote:

Please make payment to Bitcoin address below.
After payment notify us.
Best Regards

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Ok cool. I’m getting the payment ready now. Just to confirm, it will be .4 BTC ($233 USD), correct?
Also, one more quick question about the bitcoin payment… I’m going to send the money to 1HQ8jcCAmYE5pWxt5T16Xx5GJ3bjiPmKg5, but what address should I send it from?

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM, Shakil Khan wrote:

Everything is correct and you can pay from any of your bitcoin addresses.
Best Reards

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Gotcha, thanks.
Ok, setting this up now… Just a head’s up my handwriting’s pretty bad lol!!

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Sorry to bombard you with questions…
How much postage do you recommend? (I want to make sure the transaction goes through but don’t want to waste any money…)

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM, Shakil Khan wrote:

0.0001 will be enough.
Best Regards

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Ok, thanks. I’m about to send the payment (see attached image for proof) but I have one more question – can you wait until Monday to publish the article? I’m going to be traveling with spotty internet this weekend and want to be available if any server issues come up.


And here’s the image I attached. (I have yet to receive a response.)

Comments (9)

  1.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    AAaaahhahahhahah XD

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  3.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Love it. Good one. Hahahaha

  4.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Hahahaha – amazing work!

  5.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    When I tried to share this link on Twitter (through TweetDeck with bitly), both Bitly and Twitter flagged this page as spam.

  6.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Funny – is marking this page as spam. Probably because it’s reading the spammer’s email text and flagging the site. I just emailed them to be whitelisted…

  7.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    OK – contacted me and I’m back off their blacklist. Horray!

  8.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    You really makee it appear so easy with
    your presentation however I find this matter too be really one thkng that I think I’d by no
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  9.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Thanks! Good one

    We have entered his credentials in our database (fraud database portal)
    You can check by doing a SEARCH ==> DETAILED SEARCH on “Shakil” OR “Khan”

    Anyone can report frauds and scam to our platform through registration or simply by forwarding these type of exchange with scammers

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