Bitcoin veteran tricks crypto scammer into learning Lightning

Scammers are often defeated at their own game with poetic justice. When they tried to con Bitcoiner Felix Crisan into sending them Tether, (USDT), a cryptocurrency scammer lost.

The scammer attempted to impersonate John Carvalho (CEO of Synonym), a Bitcoiner Cointelegraph frequently cites. We will refer to the scammer as “Fake John”, but Crisan, who has been involved in Bitcoin (BTC), learning and participating for nearly a decade, had other ideas.

Today, I convinced a fraudster to install a Lightning Network account. BTW @BitcoinErrorLog there’s someone impersonating you on Telegram
— felix crisan (@fixone) March 23, 2022

Crisan, the chief technology officer at Netopia Payments, persuaded the scammer that he would install a Lightning Network wallet (LN), as he only deals in “LN assets.” Fake John then installed a Bitcoin LN wallet called Blue Wallet. Crisan instead of sending Fake John money, he sent a message that said “Eat shit, fucking fraudmer!”

Justice was served, and the victim received a lesson on how to use Bitcoin LN.

It raises questions about whether Fake John will continue to scam people, but they now have Bitcoin LN addresses.

The Bitcoin Lightning Network, a layer-2 payment network that is fast growing and built on top the Bitcoin base chain, is rapidly expanding. It has brought new innovations like a fast way to pour a pint. John Carvalho, the real John Carvalho, is also building his company using Lightning in partnership with Tether.

Crisan said to Cointelegraph that he receives DMs from people promoting one investment scheme.

Crisan stated that it was possible to pursue and possibly catch the criminal if the scammer created a channel using this node. There are services that allow you to create on-demand channels, but that is not very reliable. However, the “only” person who can do enhanced tracing would be able.

Crisan is not the first to play tricks on scammers. He outwitted a Bitcoin-illiterate scammer to send 21 million (and one!) Bitcoin to their address in 2019. The hard limit on Bitcoin is 21 million Bitcoin. This means that the scammer needs to do some research.

1/ Today, I spent some time trolling a fraudster. One point, I was ready to send him 21mil BTC to trade. He was being considerate, though, only wanting 100k
— felix crisan (@fixone) July 7, 2019

This tweet thread shows that scammers can be misinformed, and Bitcoin needs more people like Crisan.

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Crisan answered Cointelegraph’s question about whether he had any advice for cryptocurrency users and internet users facing a constant threat from scams.

Avoiding scams should always be rooted in a shared history with the requestor, i.e. to establish if they are as claimed — and to ask for a reference. (Yesterday, I asked this question to the scammer for the first time and it almost confirmed his claim that he wasn’t John. )”