Bitcoin veteran tricks crypto scammers into learning Lightning


There is poetic justice for cheaters who are beaten at their own game. A cryptocurrency scammer met his counterpart while trying to trick bitcoiner, Felix Crisan, into sending them tether (USDT).

The scammer attempted to impersonate Bitcoiner John Carvalho, the CEO of Synonym Cointelegraph cites regularly. The scammer we will call fake John from now on wanted Crisan to send USDT but Crisan – who learned and dabbles in bitcoin (Bitcoin) for almost a decade – had other ideas:

In short, Crisan, a CTO at NETOPIA Payments, convinced the scammer to install a Lightning (LN) wallet since he only trades “LN assets”. So Fake John installed a Bitcoin LN wallet, Blue wallet. However, instead of sending Fake John the money, Crisan sent a message that said, “Eat shit you fucking scammer!”

Justice will be served – all with a free lesson in using Bitcoin LN.

On the other hand, it raises questions as to whether Fake John will continue to scam people but is now available with Bitcoin LN addresses.

The Bitcoin Lightning Network is a fast-growing, almost instantaneous Payment network built on top of the Bitcoin base chain known as layer two. It has brought innovations like as a quick way to pour a pintwhile the (real) one mentioned above is John Carvalho Building his company on Lightning in partnership with Tether.

Crisan told Cointelegraph that he’s “constantly getting DMs shillings for one investment program or another.” Prudence and caution are essential when interacting and transacting online: Scammers, bots and cryptocurrency shills are commonplace on social media platforms like Twitter, while malware bots can wallet addresses sometimes interfere steal bitcoin.

Regarding tracking and maybe catching the villain, Crisan said that “if the scammer opens a channel with this node, then it would be possible. But there are also services that offer some sort of on-demand channel building, so that’s not a very reliable method.” Ultimately, however, “only the node operator would be able to do this advanced tracing.”

It’s not the first time Crisan has played tricks on scammers. In 2019, he tricked a bitcoin illiterate scammer by sending 21 million (and one) bitcoin to her address. Bitcoin has a hard cap of 21 million bitcoin, so the scammer clearly needs to do some homework.

The tweet thread above makes it clear that some scammers are misinformed at best, while Bitcoin needs more of the likes of Crisan.

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When asked if Crisan has any advice to offer to cryptocurrencies and internet users who face what appears to be a constant threat of fraud, Crisan told Cointelegraph:

“Avoiding fraud should always be based on a shared history with the requester. That is, to determine if they are who they say they are, to ask for a common reference (yesterday this type of question was the first I asked this scammer and the answer has almost confirms he is not John).”