Cryptocurrencies have taken the world by storm, offering new opportunities for investment and innovation. However, with these opportunities come risks, particularly the risk of scams. As your trusted financial advisors, we want to ensure you’re well-informed and protected.

Here are some common cryptocurrency scams to watch out for:

1. Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are as old as the internet itself, but they’ve found new life in the world of cryptocurrency. Scammers create fake websites or send emails that mimic legitimate cryptocurrency exchanges or wallets. Once you enter your login details, the scammers gain access to your accounts and funds. Always verify the URL of the website you’re visiting and never click on suspicious links in emails or messages.

2. Fake ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings)

ICOs are a way for new cryptocurrencies to raise funds, but not all are legitimate. Scammers create fake ICOs to lure investors into buying worthless or non-existent coins. Before investing in any ICO, thoroughly research the project, the team behind it, and read reviews from credible sources.

3. Pump-and-Dump Schemes

In a pump-and-dump scheme, scammers hype up a cryptocurrency to inflate its price. Once the price has surged, they sell off their holdings, causing the price to plummet and leaving other investors with significant losses. Be cautious of any cryptocurrency that experiences sudden, unexplained price increases, and avoid investments driven solely by hype.

4. Ponzi Schemes

Some scammers promise high returns with little risk, paying returns to earlier investors with capital from newer investors. These are classic Ponzi schemes, and they eventually collapse when there are no more new investors. Be wary of any investment opportunity that guarantees returns, especially if they sound too good to be true.

5. Malware Scams

Malware can be used to steal your cryptocurrency. Scammers might trick you into downloading malicious software disguised as legitimate cryptocurrency-related tools or apps. This malware can then access your wallet and transfer your funds to the scammer’s account. Always download software from trusted sources and keep your antivirus software up to date.

Tips for Staying Safe

Educate Yourself: Knowledge is your best defense. Understand how cryptocurrencies work and stay informed about common scams.
Use Reputable Exchanges and Wallets: Stick to well-known and trusted cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet providers.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Adding an extra layer of security can help protect your accounts.
Be Skeptical of Unrealistic Promises: If an investment opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


While cryptocurrencies offer exciting possibilities, they also come with risks. By staying informed and cautious, you can protect yourself from scams and make more secure investment decisions. If you ever have questions or need advice, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of the financial world safely and successfully. Daniel Carnes in our office has taken time to become an expert on Digital Assets when he obtained a Certificate in Blockchain and Digital Assets from the Digital Assets Council of Financial Professionals. If you would like to speak with Daniel or one of our advisors about digital assets, contact us.

Stay safe and invest wisely!