Would-be investors in Telegram’s multibillion-dollar initial coin offering (ICO) have quickly become a favorite target for scammers.
CoinDesk has identified as many as nine more websites claiming to sell the Telegram token after previously reporting on another fake website, which claimed to be run by the “Telegram Foundation.”
Most of the sites claim that the token pre-sale will end sometime this weekend, with the price listed near $1. Notably, the first bogus website identified by CoinDesk has since been taken down.
Many of the websites found in CoinDesk’s review are similar, with several sharing common design elements, while other sites are blatant clones of each other. Additionally, several of the sites use identical language to describe their purported offering: