Crytpocurrency Scams and Phishers Posing as Elon Musk, SpaceX, Tesla, Your Friends and Family and More.
Pages and Profiles Impersonating Elon Musk, SpaceX, Tesla, or a Friend or Family Member Are Offering Free Cryptocurrency, Free Government Money or Threatening You With Fines and Fees. Beware and be informed!
Some very aggressive scams are targeting crypto and Elon Musk fans, impersonating Elon, SpaceX and Tesla, and even showing up as a friend or family member. Your best defense is to know the red flags of a scam and avoid the ruse altogether. If you spot a fake page or profile report it immediately to the social network, to the Internet Crime Complaint Center and to the FTC. (Click on the blue-highlighted links to access.) Share this blog with your friends and family members because as soon as one page or profile is reported, another one is created. Below are a few ways to spot scams before you hand over your information.
Red Flags of a Scam
Very aggressive scams, set up on pages and profiles that look legitimate, are targeting cryptocurrency fans. Phishers and scam artists use all kinds of ruses to lure in unsuspecting victims, including posing as a friend or family member, as your bank, as a lottery win, or as a sure-shot, can’t lose investment. Below are a few questions to ask yourself before you hand over any personal information or money. Most scams are alike in that the devil is in the details. If you look closely enough, the cracks in the façade of the fraud are quite visible.
Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Pushy salesman or person.
- Email or URL looks fake.
- Misspelled words.
- Promises of fast, easy, often free money.
- Comes in as a phone call, email or shared on a friend’s timeline.
- Guarantees that you can’t lose.
- Require you giving personal information.
- Require you giving money first.
- Website doesn’t have a physical business address.
- 800 phone number and fill-in-the-blank contact form, instead of a staff member and real email address to contact.
Before buying anything from anyone you don’t know, or sharing any of your personal information, you need to check out a few more things.
1. Find out who owns or leads the company. Read their bio and then Google that person with the phrase “SEC fines lawsuits scams” and see what turns up.
2. Click on the Contact Us link. If you don’t see a physical address and phone number, that is a red flag. If there is only an 800 number and a fill-in the form email submission, the warning bells and whistles should be going off for you.
3. About Us. What do you see on the About Us page? A legitimate corporation will list the executives and their bios. A questionable enterprise will have a video and sales pitch, with stock photos and no mention of who is running the company and how you can get in touch with someone there.
4. Referred by a Friend or Family Member? Sadly, this is the most common way for people to get roped into scams and losses. Many people fell for Madoff in this manner.
Below are two screen shots from pages that are impersonating Elon Musk and SpaceX.
The Fake Elon Musk Tweet
If you look closely on this page, you’ll see that the official Elon Musk account replied to Tech Girl. Right below that a fake account with Elon Musk’s name and the same profile picture replies again offering a sweetened deal. Further in the thread the same scam artist offers free Bitcoin and Ethereum, and even a chance to win a Tesla. However, there is no “official” check mark next to the scam artist’s profile, and the “real name” shows up on the right as GizeMyOrgun.
The Fake SpaceX page.
If you look in the comments on the screen shot below, you’ll see that there is a “huge giveaway for our community!” The page is set up to look like it is run by SpaceX. However, on the About page, you can see that the page is actually run through a URL m.me/spacexpage. Even the “Official: SpaceX” Facebook page is not really official. Both Facebook and Twitter make it easy to spot verified pages with their blue check marks. If you see the word “official” without the check mark, chances are it is a fraud.
Private Message from a Friend or Family Member on Social
Last week, someone set up a fake account of my aunt, using her family pictures. They sent me a friend request, which I immediately accepted. Then they sent me a message about something very important that they’ve been wanting to get in touch with me about. The scam artist asked if I had heard of grants from the Health and Human Services. “My aunt” then told me that it was completely legitimate and $100,000 had shown up in her bank account. At that point, I reported the profile to Facebook. I noticed that other relatives had accepted the friend request. Facebook was very quick about deactivating the account (within minutes!).
It’s clear that there is a very aggressive campaign of fraud going on right now, through multiple channels. So, protect yourself. Never give out any information to anyone who contacts you online, by phone or through email. If you worry that your bank needs something from you, go visit your local branch.
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Natalie Wynne Pace is the co-creator of the Earth Gratitude project and the author of the Amazon bestsellers The Gratitude Game, The ABCs of Money and Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is (aka You Vs. Wall Street). She has been ranked as a No. 1 stock picker, above over 835 A-list pundits, by an independent tracking agency (TipsTraders). The ABCs of Money remained at or near the #1 Investing Basics e-book on Amazon for over 3 years (in its vertical).
Nick Sotos calls himself an eternal optimist, and that mindset seems to be paying off. As President of iD Additives, Inc, a supplier of foaming agents and other products for the plastics industry, his leadership has helped the company make the Inc. 5000 list for the past seven years running. Today, iD Additives pulls in $8 million annually in sales, and Nick’s plans for growth are only just beginning. They started with an eye toward brand visibility.
The Importance of the One Year Plan
When he attended the Birthing of Giants event in September 2017, Nick set himself the one-year goal of getting the company’s new product line to market and increasing brand visibility. His plan worked out so well that several new opportunities have arisen from it.
“We have the marketing and we have the opportunities,” Nick says. “Now I need people to help me with the follow-up.”
Part of this follow-up requires Nick to take a step back from some aspects of the business. In the past he viewed himself as an entrepreneur who does everything. But during his time at Birthing of Giants, he’s come to realize that this isn’t sustainable.
“That’s how I’ve always done things,” he says. “But I’ve learned to think about getting stuff off of my plate, letting other people grow into those spots so that we can continue to grow.”
Letting Go To Grow
This is one of many realizations Nick has had since joining the program, and not all of them have been easy. He recalls one instance when he pitched his plan to our entrepreneur-in-residence, Norm Brodsky,only to receive some challenging questions back from that entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. Despite his initial hesitancy, he admits that Norm was right, and he’s pleased to have had his mindset challenged.
“Sometimes it’s a little difficult, a little uncomfortable,” he says. “But you have to trust in the process. It’s advice, and you’re going to choose to do what you want to do, but having someone with that level of experience offering you advice helps you rethink things.”
Nick has since attended one of our Gathering of Giants events – our program specifically designed as continuing education for Birthing of Giants graduates. Nick continues to challenge himself as a leader, and bring the insights he learns back to iD Additives. We wish him the best of success!
Birthing of Giants is a gathering of entrepreneurs focused on advanced education via strategy-planning programs lead by a team of leading entrepreneurs in American business. Our programs, including the One-Day MBA and the Birthing of Giants Fellowship Program, allow business owners and entrepreneurs to gain from the wisdom of thousands of experienced business leaders. We help you implement proven strategies for sustaining and enhancing business growth.
Article originally posted on https://birthingofgiants.com
Lewis Schiff is the author of Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons From the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons, the executive director of the Business Owners Council and the co-founder (with Norm Brodsky) of BEN Global Mentorship that helps business owners transform their companies into scalable enterprises and, eventually, enduring institutions with help from rockstar entrepreneurs from around the world.
Of late I have personally been dealing with grief and loss, I have been supporting people in my community who are suffering from tragic loss, and I have been aware of a lot of tragic loss on a more environmental and global level. How do we heal from grief and loss? One of my beloved mentors, Dr. Gina Ogden is in the process of transitioning to the next stage of her soul’s progression. I spoke with her yesterday and she expressed how happy she was. I am so happy for her. She has left an amazing legacy and people who love her on this planet. I pray I can make as much of a difference in this world as she has. Still…I feel the loss and a great deal of sadness at her passing. Yesterday we arranged how we will communicate with one another after she’s left her body, so that will help.
But what about situations like my friend who lost her 12-year old son in a sudden car accident? Loss of a child, especially with no warning is devastating beyond belief.
What about the story of Tahlequah, the orca whale who carried her newborn calf who died around for 17 days in her grief?
How do you deal with the deep sadness and pain that accompanies the loss of a loved one? How do you heal from grief? According to Ayurvedic medicine, we have to digest our emotions the same way we digest our food. If we hold them in, we eventually create disease for ourselves.
I use a process that leads to what Eastern philosophy calls Moksha, or freedom. The Freedom Framework is the method I use for reversing autoimmune disease in myself and others. This Emotional Freedom technique is a big part of what is necessary to reverse chronic illness or prevent it from occurring and a small part of the larger Freedom Framework. You can read more about the Freedom Framework and how it’s used for reversing chronic illness in Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle: The Woman’s Guide to Reclaiming Emotional Freedom and Vibrant Health.
The next time you have emotional pain, or any kind of emotional upset, try this and notice how it frees you from having to repeat the painful thoughts or memories over and over again.
The Emotional Freedom Method
Step 1: Bring the feeling up in your mind
Close your eyes and bring the memory or feeling up in your mind. Be very specific and insert as much detail as you can. If the emotion feels overwhelming, you can open your eyes, take a few deep breaths to calm your feelings, and then close your eyes when you are ready.
Step 2: Embody the emotion
Now notice where you feel your emotion in your body. Often people will tell me they feel it in their heads. Stay with the feeling and begin to scan your body until you find it. It might be stress felt in your abdomen, tension in your shoulders, a tight jaw, a heavy heart. Stick with it until you find the feeling in your body.
Step 3: Name it to tame it
Now name your feeling. Often people will tell me what they “think” about the situation. This is not an emotion. Look for a feeling such as shame, guilt, fear, sadness, anger, grief, rage, panic, anxiety, etc. You cannot tame it unless you can name it.
Step 4: Express yourself
You must express your emotion. You can do it through journaling, yelling into a pillow, talking to a friend or therapist, hitting a punching bag or pillow, screaming in your car, into a pillow ,or in a private setting. You can write a song and sing it. You can write a story and share it. Be creative in how you express, but make sure you release it from your body.
Step 5: Give it away
Ayurvedic medicine has a ritual called Tarpana. Tarpana is a ceremony in which you let go of painful memories, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. You can write your painful memory down on paper and feed it to a fire. You can place the memory or feeling into something you find in nature and set it afloat in water, allowing Mother Nature to wash your pain away. You can plant a tree or any kind of plant in memory of someone you lost. Ritual is a beautiful way of honoring your feelings and allowing them to be honored without having them stored in your body.
How do you deal with loss or heal from grief? If you are stuck, a good grief counselor can help. I have also put together a program people can do online for themselves called You Unbroken. It’s DIY therapy with hard stops contained within it to let you know if you need to find a therapist and how to find the right one and the right method to help you. I am also here if you need me and I can do 1:1 trauma release online or in person with you.
Article originally posted on https://www.drkeesha.com
Dr. Keesha Ewers is a board certified Functional and Ayurvedic medical practitioner, as well as Doctor of Sexology, host and founder of The Woman’s Vitality Summit, and founder of a new branch of medicine called Functional Sexology. Click here to learn more about her Integrative Medicine Health Coach Certification Program.
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In 2015 I purchased two gold mining ETFs as my “hot slices” of my nest egg. They doubled, but are now trading closer to my purchase price. Should I have sold the slices when they doubled? Is gold a loser? Should I dump the gold funds now, and try for something else? Signed: It Was Fun While It Lasted.
Dear It’s Fun,
I know it feels like there is something wrong with an industry when the price falls out of favor. However, it’s actually fun to buy gold low, if you think that the price is going to explode going forward. That’s the real question here: “What’s the outlook for gold? Will it rally or sink further?” Below are a few tips to help you get to that point.
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