## A bitcoin scam @ Adrian Tritschler · Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020 · 2 minute read · Update at Aug 19, 2020 ·

It seems that slightly more effort went into this one than the usual scatter-gun spam emails or cold-calling remote access scams.

First up was an SMS to my phone, addressing me by name, so they’ve got some of my details – firstname and phone number.

A bit sus, perhaps it was someone I knew, so I messaged back. Of course there was no reply.

Lets have a look at that URL1 then….


curl -v http://pigso.co/coXYZ123 | tee sus.txt
:
> GET /coXYZ123 HTTP/1.1
> Host: pigso.co
> User-Agent: curl/7.68.0
> Accept: */*

:

< HTTP/1.1 302 Found
< Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2020 11:21:50 GMT
< Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
< Transfer-Encoding: chunked
< Connection: keep-alive
< Set-Cookie: __cfduid=7cb94476a6ab4618a2d663e3f7c04d22; expires=Fri, 18-Sep-20 11:21:53 GMT; path=/; domain=.pigso.co; HttpOnly; SameSite=Lax
< X-Powered-By: PHP/7.2.32
< CF-Cache-Status: DYNAMIC
< cf-request-id: 3d2c14ecfb684835897d102fc1f28761
< Server: cloudflare
< CF-RAY: 9da6bb92eeba3eda-MEL
<


Lets take a look at that one, “https://abc.voyage/”, a cheesey fake copy of the ABC news website, every single article on it a reference to bitcoin from one scammy broker site…. and the URL to go there includes my firstname and lastname, my mobile phone number and an “aff_sub” so presumably the affiliate who launched the scam campaign gets some credit.

All the links on the page reference bitcoinsupreme dot cash

Nothing much more to do here except report it to https://scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam and out of interest, let the local ABC know about it, perhaps they can unleash a takedown order for the use of their logos.

## Footnotes

1 I changed a few of the digits and names as I went, they may or may not have received a query from a name similiar to a member of parliament with a phone number like 12345678

# …The Owner

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# …The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.