(Fake) Crypto.com Buy Bitcoin
latest release: 1.0 (
7th July 2021
1st October 2021
Not functioning anymore
(Actually "Crypto.com Buy Bitcoin". For details read below.)
Do your own research!
Try out searching for "lost bitcoins", "stole my money" or "scammers" together with the wallet's name, even if you think the wallet is generally trustworthy. For all the bigger wallets you will find accusations. Make sure you understand why they were made and if you are comfortable with the provider's reaction.
The Analysis ¶
Update 2021-09-22: This app is not on the Play Store anymore.
Warning: It is advisable to proceed with caution when downloading this app.
There are a few notable red flags when apprising this app.
The first one is the publisher. The publisher for the real Crypto.com app is “Crypto Technology Holdings Limited”. The real company has a notable Internet footprint including a Hong Kong business registration.
This app’s publisher is a certain “Crypto Journal”.
Secondly, it does not list a correllating domain on its app info.
Thirdly, its only point of contact is a gmail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are only a few downloads (10)
The publisher “Crypto Journal” has 8 other published apps on Google play with similar themes and possibly similar functions. Of the 8, only 1 has reviews. We will publish the reviews for the related app here:
★☆☆☆☆ August 8, 2021
Do not download it please
★☆☆☆☆ August 29, 2021
The related app by the same publisher is:
Perhaps the most telling red-flag is its appropriation of the “Crypto.com” brand in its name and description. That in itself may constitute trademark infringement. This is the most telling red-flag in our own humble opinion.
We did not download and test the app for security concerns.
Although with just 10 downloads this app was not “top priority”, noticing many apps with “crypto.com” in their title we found this and others to be fake.
The product mimics a popular competitor!
As part of our Methodology, we ask:Is this product the original? If not, we tag it Fake!
The bigger wallets often get imitated by scammers that abuse the reputation of the product by immitating its name, logo or both.
Immitating a competitor is a huge red flag and we urge you to not put any money into this product!
But we also ask:Is the product still supported by the still existing provider? If not, we tag it Defunct!
Discontinued products or worse, products of providers that are not active anymore, are problematic, especially if they were not formerly reproducible and well audited to be self-custodial following open standards. If the provider hasn’t answered inquiries for a year but their server is still running or similar circumstances might get this verdict, too.
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