This post is actually going to teach you how to avoid getting scammed or phished during ANY tokensale, but as the CoinFi launch gains traction and we receive more and more attention, there are inevitably going to be some scammers trying to con you out of your money.
Even though we have said it many times already, we wanted to reiterate the the only place you will ever see a contribution address is inside your dashboard.
Even if others say they found the address in their dashboard and post it on Telegram or elsewhere, do not send funds to it. We are assigning different contribution addresses to different people, so the only way you can ensure you contribute during our pre-sale and crowdsales, is by logging in to your dashboard and finding the contribution address.
It will be displayed here once we open on January 15.
Still, we have a very small hard cap and a lot of growing demand, so it’s possible that people will panic and make mistakes. This post is here to make you aware of the kind of tricks we’ve seen scammers play in other crowdsales, so you can be that much more savvy when FOMO kicks in.
Here are some steps you can take to avoid getting scammed.
Step 1: Bookmark https://sale.coinfi.com
By adding it as a bookmark and only visiting us through that bookmark, you’re always going to end up on the correct site. You don’t want to type it in manually, make a typo, and end up on a fake site with a fake contribution address. You’re currently reading this post on our blog, which is a different URL to the dashboard page. Here is the correct link to the dashboard: https://sale.coinfi.com/dashboard. The link will open in a new tab, so visit it now, add it to your bookmarks, and come back.
Also, if you google “Coinfi” you may see a scammer with a fake site as well. It could be something like CoinFi.co or CoinFi spelled with a lower case L instead of an i.
Always, always double-check any URL you visit, and use the bookmarks.
You should also bookmark this blog, which is hosted on a subdomain and different URL from the sale page.
Step 2: Check the sender address for any emails you receive
Another common scam is to send an email where the scammer has said the “From” name is CoinFi, but in fact it is not us. Any email you receive, make sure it comes from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (and again, check for spelling errors), and not simply “CoinFi” but with a different sender address. The exception here is if you contact us and a member of our team replies, in which case make sure it comes from an @coinfi.com address. Even then, we’ll never share a contribution address over email.
It’s also possible, though unlikely, that someone could spoof the email address so it looks like it’s from us when it’s not. This is why we need to mention for the zillionth time that we will not share the contribution address over email. Only via the dashboard.
Step 3: Don’t believe anyone who shares an Ethereum contribution address to you in Telegram, On Reddit, on Facebook, in Email, anywhere.
Even if it looks like it’s coming from a member of the CoinFi team. Even if it’s in the announcements channel or the public group, and especially if it’s sent via a PM.
See the introduction above; the only place we’ll ever share the contribution address is in your dashboard (bookmark this link).
Step 4: If you’re unsure about anything, ask
You can ask us in Telegram, but it’s better to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As long as you use your head, reference this article, and make sure to verify you are on the right site, you will be fine. This article is here to make sure silly mistakes don’t happen.