Malicious websites have imitated the look and the name of the pages associated with Libra , the cryptomoeda announced by Facebook , and Calibra, the digital currency wallet software.
According to security company Digital Shadows, which found these pages, they promote a purported sale of the Pound for other currencies such as Ethereum. But it’s a scam: Facebook’s currency has just been announced and is not yet in circulation – this should happen only in 2020. Anyone trying to buy the supposed coins will not receive anything.
Other groups of fake sites bring Facebook and Google account login pages to steal victims’ passwords or try to sell special services to supposedly give access to the “Blockchain” (the crypto-owned network) of the Libra.
The sites registered by the scammers try to imitate the name of the Libra and Calibra using letters or similar names, such as “Calìbra”, “Lìbra” (letter “i” with grave accent) and “canlibrawallet”. This type of action can be classified as a “homograph attack” (scams that confuse the victim by the visual similarity of the name) or “typosquatting” (frauds that take advantage of typos of the address of the page).
A similar trick was used by a group in Europe accused of stealing the equivalent of 24 million euros (about $ 100 million).
The official page of the Pound allows only the registration of the email address to receive news about the currency. However, you still have to be careful when providing e-mail on fake sites: criminals can later send fraudulent messages and extract other information.