Scammers Steal CoinPoker Marketing Info to Promote Fake ICO

There are some brazen crypto scams out there just waiting to steal people's money, but few are as brazen as the stunt pulled by the creators of the "crypto poker site" thpcoin.com.

"THPCoin" (which stands for Texas Hold'em Poker Coin) didn't even bother to come up with a scam website of their own, instead they have simply stolen the majority of the online marketing material belonging to genuine blockchain based poker site, Coinpoker.com.

The only difference would seem to be where the scammers, who appear to be directing the site towards China and Chinese nationals, is that some of the text has been replaced by Chinese symbols, and where appropriate, they have changed the ticker symbol for Coinpoker's own cryptocurrency (CHP) with the ticker symbol for their fake coin (THP). The scammers haven't exactly been thorough, however, as in one stolen graphic which was originally used by Coinpoker to show how coins were distributed via its CHP ICO they have failed to replace CHP with THP in a couple of places.

thp Above: In the above graphic the 'masterminds' behind THPCoin sloppily forgot to replace 'CHP' with 'THP' in some instances (click to enlarge image)

The scam site also steals wholesale Coinpoker's terms and conditions (once again replacing CHP with THP), and they have even stolen and used the pictures and mini-biog's of Coinpoker’s staff and business partners, which include high stakes player an Lithuanian MEP Antanas "Tony G" Guoga, Poker PR Guru Warren Lush, and professional poker player Isabelle Mercier

tong Above: The scam site even stole the pics and biogs of Coinpoker's management and partners

The scam was revealed at flushdraw.net and was unearthered by 2018 nominee for the Women In Poker Hall of Fame, Hayley Hintze, a veteran poker journalist, while researching the Coinpoker offering. According to Hintze,

"The domain hosting all the stolen content was anonymously registered on January 8th, 2018, through a Chinese registrar, Jiangsi Bangning Science & Technology Co. Ltd, and it may be being hosted at the present time at a server in California."

The scam-site was then brought to the attention of Coinpoker’s Manager of Content and SEO, Sarah Hamid who responded to the news with

"At first glance it appears to be a scam site, and we would recommend users to avoid engaging or purchasing their tokens. Since we discovered that parts of CoinPoker information was copied, and that our advisors and team members are falsely advertised as working on their project, we took the liberty of passing this information on to our Chinese partners to see if they are able to identify the scammers behind it, or if that project could be shut down and Chinese poker community warned.

As for the Chinese market in general, we expect and are working towards increased traffic from China. Our representatives have just visited China to plan multiple promos there, which will be announced in April."

The good news is that there is currently no sight of the ficticious coin on any of the major exchanges, and it appears this particular scam hasn't made it far enough to have actually swindled any investors - this time!

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