Cryptocurrency Scam Prevention

Learn how to avoid a Bitcoin or cryptocurrency scam with the Cryptocurrency Compliance Cooperative's scam prevention resources.

Avoiding a Cryptocurrency Scam or Fraud

Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that requires an internet connection, there is no physical form. If you send money to a scammer, you won’t be able to recover your funds. 

  • Always think before sending money.
  • Never buy Bitcoin or cryptocurrency on someone else’s behalf with money they’ve given you.
  • A government agency or a police department will NEVER request any kind of cryptocurrency from you.
  • A government or police department will NEVER call you directly to inquire about payments.
  • Bitcoin is not a money transfer service, it is a currency all its own.
  • Bitcoin requires exchanging back into fiat currency in most countries and locations. Exchanging funds comes with exchange fees.
  • The value of cryptocurrency is volatile meaning the price can move up or down over time.
  • Scammers frequently prey on emotions like fear of retaliation or excitement for a new opportunity.
  • Never click on suspicious links sent to you via social media or email.

Knowing When Not to Use Cryptocurrency

  • Government or bank payments of any kind. This includes taxes, bank fees, etc.
  • Medical bills
  • Lawyers fees or legal fees
  • Any costs related to courts or law enforcement
  • Inheritance payments – the state tax you pay when you receive money or property from the estate of a deceased person
  • Shipping costs
  • Most travel costs (exceptions Expedia, etc)
  • Large purchases such as property, house rentals, and cars
  • Any military personnel, especially active duty
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