Web 3 is full of fun and exciting games that can provide hours of entertainment. Unfortunately, it’s also a breeding ground for scams, malware, and other nefarious activities. Recently, a new game called SpacePearl_Eth has been making the rounds on social media, promising players large sums of money for downloading and installing the game. However, it appears that this game may be a scam.
🚩— JUNEVAULT.ETH ⛩️🍃 (@JunevaultCrypto) March 22, 2023
Be careful of DMs from this guy about a project called Space Pearl (@ Spacepearl_ETH).
Wants you to write a thread about the game
Will offer you ETH for it
Will agree to pay in advance after you DOWNLOAD the game from their pretty good-looking website
Most likely a scam pic.twitter.com/BOxYwLh7lc
According to a web 3 researcher who posted a long Twitter thread on the subject, the SpacePearl_Eth game contains malware embedded in the .exe file. This means that by downloading and installing the game, players may be unwittingly installing harmful software on their devices. The researcher advises against downloading the game and urges others to spread the word.
🧵 Another scam #Web3 Project: @Spacepearl_ETH— XSET Rep Pygo | SU (@Pygowsky) February 8, 2023
This time I was approached by @m1keycrypto who offered me 1 ETH for a stream 🚩
He said if I download the game they would send me in-game items only for beta testers. He kept asking me to install the game and give them my ID. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/phik1QTVYA
In addition to the warning from the researcher, there have been many reports on social media of people being aggressively pushed to download and install the game. Some people have reported receiving unsolicited emails and messages urging them to play the game, which is always a red flag.
The website for SpacePearl_Eth looks legitimate at first glance, with professional graphics and a polished design. However, upon closer inspection, there are some red flags. For example, the website does list team members but they are stolen profiled from LinkedIn. This is a common tactic used by scammers to avoid detection.
@Spacepearl_ETH Why does your founders need to steal these guys photos @slashkevych 😂 Huge Red 🚩here guys, don't fall for this. And shame on you @vaultcharboETH trying to scam people with the beta testing shite😂https://t.co/HVGrX23hDAhttps://t.co/2hMKyyKOmA— Honey Mathew (@MathewHoney) March 13, 2023
Stolen Profiles pic.twitter.com/rwnDAzvdlz
To avoid falling victim to this or any other gaming scam, it’s always a good idea to do your research first. Before downloading a new game, search for it on Twitter, Google, and other social media sites with the word “scam” next to it. This can help you avoid potential dangers. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly good quality graphics and website of a game, as scammers are getting better at making their fraudulent schemes look legitimate. Always remember to trust your instincts and stay vigilant when it comes to online scams.
Here at TAGDesk we will soon release a tutorial on how to run a virtual machine, which can help protect you from potential scams like SpacePearl_Eth. Until then, be sure to stay vigilant and always trust your instincts. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. The reason I felt sure it was a scam from the outset was the large offer they presented to me to be a beta tester.
As a final note, one of my Twitter followers has raised concerns about another potential gaming scam. Be sure to stay vigilant and always do your research before downloading any new games. The internet can be a fun and exciting place, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful.
🚨#scammer #alert 🚨— CORE 🧀 (@FunWithCoreTV) March 26, 2023
Many people are falling for this kind of scam , where they try to offer you a job with crazy pay & convince you to download a file on ur PC
Id think twice before thinking of trying @lmpulse_Flow
Careful yall out there pic.twitter.com/6vHjh87K0g