Flare Network, the development team behind the much-anticipated Flare (FXRP) "utility fork" of XRP, has warned all XRP holders about fraudulent Telegram channels and accounts that impersonate customer support service for the upcoming fork.
From XRP fake airdrops to FXRP scam channels
For the first time, XRP scammers decided to attack potential participants of its upcoming fork, Flare. According to the announcement shared by the official Flare Networks account, fake Telegram channels promote themselves as "the only channel to get accurate instructions on how to claim your Spark tokens."
Flare Network clarified that "Flare Network Support" Telegram accounts do not belong to them and thereby have nothing in common with the legitimate Flare fork promotion.
Fortunately, none of the channels that impersonate Flare Networks managed to attract a significant number of Telegram users. However, they published misleading instructions recommending, inter alia, that readers accumulate all XRP tokens in one account prior to fork activation.
Also, news from leading media outlets about the upcoming fork and referral links to cryptocurrencies exchanges can be found in channels promoted by scammers.
Preparations for the fork to gain steam
According to open data by Telegram, administrators of the disclosed channel and account were particularly active in August and September of this year.
Meanwhile, more and more cryptocurrencies services where XRP is listed are joining the list of Spark airdrop supporters. Recently, U.S.-based crypto lender Cred and leading Australian exchange Coinspot announced that XRP holders who use their solutions as custody may claim Spark seamlessly.
Spark tokens will be airdropped in December to all XRP holders who added a special message to their XRPL accounts. XRPL Labs lead developer, Wietse Wind, has also developed an instrument for non-custodial holders.
CryptoComes reiterates that, in the event that you discover fake channels, you should report them to the Telegram diligence team. And please, avoid clicking on links from these channels, even if they are associated with well known sites.