“Paid Traps: Ethereum Name Service Scams Threatening Cryptocurrency Loss”


New Scam Related to Ethereum Name Service

Hayden Adams, the founder of decentralized exchange Uniswap, recently revealed a new scam related to the Ethereum Name Service (ENS). These scams are designed to deceive unknowing individuals, exposing them to the risk of losing their cryptocurrencies.

Impersonating Legitimate ENS Wallet Addresses

The scams involve creating fake ENS lookups that can appear as search results in specific user interfaces. When a user enters Adams’ wallet address, a fake address may show up as legitimate, which is misleading and may prompt the transfer of funds to the scammer’s account instead of the intended address.

Recommendations from the Founders

The founders, namely Adams and Nick Johnson, the creator of Ethereum Name Service, emphasize the importance of having user interfaces protected against such scams. They point out that it is crucial for interfaces to filter out misleading addresses, thus reducing the risk of financial loss.

Practical Suggestions from Johnson

Johnson suggests that interfaces should not automatically autocomplete names, as this could pose a significant threat. He also advises caution in user experience guidelines regarding this matter to prevent potentially misleading addresses from being presented to the user.

Instability in the Cryptocurrency Space

Scams in the world of cryptocurrencies pose a serious problem, involving various techniques such as advanced phishing campaigns, impersonation of well-known cryptocurrency brands, and social media traps. The lack of adequate security measures has led to numerous incidents, including phishing operations that resulted in significant financial losses.

High Losses Linked to Scams

According to data, victims of cryptocurrency scams lost nearly $600,000 in January alone. In 2023, total losses from various types of scams reached an impressive $1.8 billion, including code exploitation, compromised private keys, exit scams, and phishing attacks.