In a world where online gaming is filled with fraud and scams, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are most common and how to avoid them. One of the most popular online gaming platforms today, Discord, is no exception — there have been many scams reported in the Discord community in recent years. In this article, we’ll discuss the most common Discord scams, how to tell them apart from genuine offers and strategies for avoiding them altogether.
Discord is one of the most widely used messaging services, which. allows you to create chat servers with which users fond of a specific topic can meet to talk in a kind of communities. The platform, launched in 2015, makes it possible to join cryptocurrency exchange communities, participate in sweepstakes, use Discord in marketing strategies, and so on.
One of the most common scams on Discord is carried out through the Discord Nitro giveaway system.
However, its popularity is leading to the fact that many cybercriminals are employing it to commit their misdeeds and many scammers have found it profitable to carry out their scams on Discord. For example, it has become the perfect place to send spam and commit identity theft, among others. Therefore, it is important to take a closer look at what types of scams are most common on this platform.
Five common scams on Discord
– Discord token theft: The Discord token is a digital key that identifies and verifies everything you do on the platform. This key allows you to log in and only changes when you change your password. Scammers often use tricks to get you to give them your token, usually with the promise of adding bots to your server. Under no circumstances should you share your token.
– Cryptocurrency and NFT scams: many of Discord’s servers are intended for exchanges with cryptocurrencies and NFT. A very frequent scam is to persuade the user to invest in cryptoassets. The scammer provides a link for the user to join exchange groups. That way he hijacks your data and steals the money you have invested.
– Malware transfer: Discord allows you to transfer files of 8 MB and 50 MB if you are subscribed to Nitro Basic and 500 MB if you have Nitro. Cybercriminals often take advantage of this feature to send files containing malware. Either asking you to try a game, sending you codes or sharing a video. If you open it, your profile, and even your computer, could be affected. Never click on strange links that arrive in your chat.
– Scams through contests and sweepstakes: Discord often rewards the loyalty of users. In this sense, one type of scam is to ask a user with a server to promote a fraudulent sweepstakes. In this way, the scammer sends private links to the users of the server in question. To avoid this, always make sure to participate in sweepstakes that come from reliable servers.
– Scams via Discord Nitro: Nitro is the premium version of the service. In Discord it is possible to give Nitro to another user using the gift system. Fraud through Discord Nitro consists of sending a fake gift URL that may actually contain malware. In addition, scammers also often share QR codes that contain malicious files. Remember never to scan them.