This is poetic justice for cheaters who fail at their game. A crypto scammer met their rival when he tried to trick bitcoiner Felix Krisan into sending them Tether (USDT).

The scammer was trying to imitate John Carvalho, CEO of Synonym, a common quote from bitcoiner Cointelegraph. The scammer we will henceforth refer to as “Fake John” wanted Chrisan to send USDT, but Chrisan, who has been studying Bitcoin (BTC) for almost a decade, has other ideas.

In short, Chrisan, CTO of Netopia Payments, convinced the scammer to install a Lightning Network (LN) wallet as it only deals with “LN assets”. So, Fake John installed a Bitcoin LN wallet, Blue Wallet. But instead of sending counterfeit money to John, Chrisan sent a message that said, “That’s it, you damn joker!”

Justice has been served – while also providing a free lesson on how to use Bitcoin LN.

On the other hand, the question arises whether Fake John will continue to deceive people, but now with Bitcoin LN addresses.

The Bitcoin Lightning Network is a near-fast growing layer 2 payment network built on top of the underlying Bitcoin chain. It brought innovation as a quick way to pour a pint, while (the real) John Carvalho built his company on Lightning in partnership with Tether.

Chrisan told Cointelegraph that he is “always getting a straight shilling from some investment program.” Caution and caution are key when interacting and shopping online: scammers, bots, and cryptocurrency vouchers are common on social networks like Twitter, and malware bots can sometimes disable wallet addresses to steal bitcoins.

As for the next steps and possibly finding the bug, Chrisan said: “If a scammer opens a channel with this node, it will be possible. But there are also services that offer some kind of on-demand channel creation, so it’s not a very reliable way.” But in the end, “only the node operator will be able to perform this enhanced tracking. ”

This isn’t the first time Crissan has played cheat. In 2019, he outwitted an illiterate bitcoin scammer and sent 21 million (and one) bitcoins to their address. Bitcoin has a solid stake of 21 million bitcoins, so the scammer clearly needs to do some homework.

The tweet chain above shows that some scammers have misinformation at best, while Bitcoin needs more people like Chrisan.

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When asked if Chrisan had any tips to share with crypto and internet users facing the constant threat of scams, Chrisan told Cointelegraph:

“Fraud avoidance should always be based on the story shared with the request, i.e. to find out if they are who they say they are in order to request a shared link. (Yesterday, I asked this question for the first time to this scammer, and the answer almost confirmed that it was not John. .)

Source: CoinTelegraph