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Brethcoin – scam crypto exchange ?

I Received 0.2 BTC out of …almost nowhere.

Here’s how it started.

Was on this cryp server for a while now , called samurai Doge. I was only somewhat active at first here because the NFTs provided were somewhat unique and Dog themed ( joined before the latest “dog” run ) however when I noticed the project was on ETH blockchain I called it quits.

At one point I enabled my private messages and every so often I receive various messages / love proposals / invites to other chats, you name it. I don’t normally check them that often, but today I decided to go trhough them and see what the crypto shilling space has to offer.

Today , around 09:30~ UTC , I get this message from this lass:

I’ve never interacted with her, never even knew she existed.

She was basically advertising this exchange that apparently has their own coin, called brethcoin.com

I’ve never heard of it so Naturally I do some investigations.

First off, I query the domain’s uptime to find out it’s been up since recently , september 2021.

On top of that , there could have been registrant information as well however they were smart about it and decided to not disclose their name. The region and country are made available though, Reijkavjk , Iceland:

We even got a phone for administrative , abuse and technical contacts , should there be any need for the like :

+354.4212434

Now if we were to look for the actual Ips:

> brethcoin.com

Server:  dns.google

Address:  8.8.8.8

Non-authoritative answer:

Name:    brethcoin.com

Addresses:  2606:4700:3031::ac43:c1c6

          2606:4700:3034::6815:5a1f

          172.67.193.198

          104.21.90.31

Several other public NSs ( 1.1.1.1 or quad 9 ) report the same Ips.

Google’s public DNS reports the above nameservers.

Now, checking the actual Ips to see where the IP is actually based , the first 172.x one turns out to be pertaining to Cloudflare, US

Second one is the same :

Ok so, so far we know that whoever is responsible for the domain and also the person who registered it is based in Iceland.

They are using a cloud solution to provide their infrastructure, we’ve got a phone contact, and apparently they will hand out free bitcoin (..to incentivize the EU markets ?? )

Going onwards on their actual website, I did some research through Google translate and checked their site. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing really appealing either. The way back machine never heard of this website( meaning it’s fresh or it didn’t receive enough attention – perhaps ) however judging by the roadmap stated on the website, they mention the founder has been developing this ( and the blockchain ? ) ever since 2016 ??

Sounds to good to be true but I manage to create an account. I enter the promo code the lady gave to me and ..

Received BTC actually!! OMFG:

Now I was tempted to just remove it from here and just transfer it somewhere else. But then , all sorts of questions came to mind :

What if they hack my wallet afterwards ?

There must be a catch ( KYC probably)

SO then if they want to KYC, and the SEC wants to increase regulations for crypto holding, MAYBE I will be liable for some extended regulations / fines ? Im not American but the website is… so who knows ?

What’s even more strange is the Discord person actually encourages me to withdraw my BTC. I did also go through the support documents on the website. There is no mention of a Promotion or any condition to accomplished.

When tried to withdraw the wallet , the catch became obvious 🙂

Later on I decided to send some additional 0.3 ZEC to see that the overall amount of 0.03 BTC needed to withdraw has reduced. I did also place an order on ETH to be traded with the BTC they gave me and it did not execute even though the price did hit the price. Also, there is no market order available on the exchange or no verification ( KYC ) required.

In addition, third party sites reported sites such as these as possible scams due their overall sluggy interface, brand new domain and the lack of advertising key words for web crawlers

I hope you find this helpful.

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