(Fake) Crypto.com - Buy Bitcoin Now
latest release: 1.0 (
24th July 2021
1st October 2021
Not functioning anymore
(Actually "Crypto.com - Buy Bitcoin Now". For details read below.)
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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 Proceed with caution with this app.
We evaluated similar apps that bear the trademark of “Crypto.com” notably:
Similarly, like the other apps we reviewed, the developer has a generic sounding name “Crypto Options” and lists 11 other apps with dubious sounding names such as: Kraken Buy Crypto, Crypto Free Earn, Earn Free Bitcoin, etc. Clearly, these were designed to have eye catching names or descriptions.
Like the other dubious “Crypto.com” apps, this app does not list a website and only has a gmail address as the point of contact. It has about 100+ downloads.
We visited the original Crypto.com Terms and Conditions and found Section 11 - Intellectual Property Rights:
the Crypto.com trademarks and logos, and any other logos, service marks, product names and other proprietary indicia used in the Crypto.com App are the property of either Crypto.com or third party licensors (collectively, the “ Trademarks”);
Although with just 100 downloads this app was not “top priority”, noticing many apps with “crypto.com” in their title we found this and others to be fake.
This product went out of business ... or so. Read the analysis for details.
As part of our Methodology, we 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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