There seems to be a scam going around that is picking up popularity. It’s called “Bitcoin Doubler”. I would have liked to believe that no one would be naive enough to fall for this. But then I realized that there are many new entrants in this space. Unfortunately, many of them entered at the peak of the 2018 bubble.
As a result, people seem to be desperate to recuperate their losses at any cost. Ignorance + Desperation typically leads to careless actions.
Bitcoin Doubler: What in the world?
In the past week, I’ve received a few scary & surprising questions. Here are a couple of them:
I was wondering what you think of Bitcoin Doubler sites?
They claim to be able to double my bitcoin instantly. Is this possible?
Quick Answer: No, it is not possible. All of these websites are scams. They are designed to feed off the desperate by making them gamble with their Bitcoin.
And here is another one:
I received an email from a Bitcoin Doubler Expert who says he can double my bitcoin in 1 hour. He says he is an expert in bitcoin and can double my bitcoin if I pay him.
Would like your thoughts,
Now, hopefully, most of you are as surprised at these questions as I was. But if you’re not – I’ve clearly not been doing my job well enough. Either way, I’m going to fix that in this post. But before I go any further, let me state in bold:
Do not , I repeat, Do not trust any website or person claiming to be able to double your bitcoin. It is most definitely a scam!
If you have any doubts or questions regarding this – don’t hesitate to email me. It’d be a real shame for any of you to get scammed – especially if you’re a Mango Reader. I mean… Bitcoin Doubler? Jesus Christ man…
What is Bitcoin Doubler? Does it really work?
Bitcoin Doubler is simply a scam. That’s all there is to it. Any website or person claiming to be a “Bitcoin Doubler” is trying to steal from you. The website (or person) will coax you into sending them funds. Once you do, you will not hear from them again.
How does the Bitcoin Doubler Scam work?
There are several variations of this scam. Some of them claim to double your bitcoin in one hour for a fee . Others claim to allow you to “bet” your bitcoin for a chance to double it. Then there are some that are simply MLM-like scams (which can be even more dangerous). Let’s quickly go through some of these “bitcoin doubler” scam variations
The Bitcoin Doubler Expert Scam
In this variation of the scam, someone will likely email you and claim to be some sort of “Bitcoin Doubler Expert”. The person will use garbage terms like “black hat hacking” and will attempt to convince you that he can hack the network to double your bitcoin instantly. He will make lofty claims about having a “bitcoin doubler script” that he coded himself. All you will have to do is pay the person a fee for his efforts to develop the script. He may even try to sell you his magical bitcoin doubler script. Sigh.
Do not fall for this. No one can hack the Bitcoin Network to double your bitcoin for you. Bitcoin isn’t something that can be “hacked”. I won’t go into why in this post. It is tamper proof, immutable and decentralized. The weakest link to the Bitcoin network security is the actual user himself – i.e: The only way for you to lose your Bitcoin is if you give it away. So anyone claiming to “double your bitcoin” by hacking the network, is essentially trying to say that he is going to hack someone else's Bitcoin and give it to you. That is not possible.
The "Double Your Bitcoin Instantly" Betting Scam
This variation of the Bitcoin Doubler Scam feeds not only on desperate people – but on reckless gamblers as well. These websites will claim that you can double your Bitcoin if you place a “bet” with your Bitcoin. Most of these websites claim that your chance of “doubling” your bitcoin is more than 50%. The Bitcoin Doubler website will ask you to place your bet by sending your Bitcoin to their Bitcoin Wallet address. Once you send them your Bitcoin, it will be gone for good.
These guys are bit more “clever” with their scam. They have a good answer if you ever try to contact them. Since it is technically a “bet”, they can simply claim you lost the bet – and the victim is likely to believe them. You will also notice that a new Bitcoin Wallet address is generated each time you visit the website – this is a huge red flag! It allows them to cover up their previous victims.
The Bitcoin Doubler MLM Scam
This particular variation of the Bitcoin Doubler scam can be particularly insidious. The victim may actually be coerced into falling for this scam by his own friends or family – who are most likely victims of the scam too. It’s pretty much the same model as a Multi-Level-Marketing model (aka pyramid scheme). The scammers convince people to go out to their friends & family and trick them into sending them Bitcoin as well.
Conclusion: Bitcoin Doubler Sites are Scams! Beware.
While it’d be really nice to double your bitcoin instantly, life just doesn’t work out to be that easy. Be wary of anyone proposing to double/ multiply your bitcoin. Bitcoins are of limited supply, and the bitcoin blockchain is one of the highest standards of security achieved thus far. One can't just simply create bitcoin through sheer will of doubling their stack.
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