Just got Scammed of 91k Dogecoins
I mined dogecoin in my first year of university in 2013. It was a fun thing to do in-between studying for exams with my floormates. I managed to mine 91k coins. I never touched them since 2013. Thankfully I kept my old laptop.
It had been on my mind even during the last bull market in 2017 if I could even access my dogecoins. Never got around to try, was busy with university/life. And I was more than happy to just keep the dogecoins and see what happens. It was so exciting back then to see DogeCoin go up in price from being worth nothing to $0.06 and eventually $0.08 cents. With the recent price surges, I decided I would figure out how to take out my coins. Mainly because of a growing doubt in my mind that my coins were not accessible. I made a post yesterday about the coins I mined and how to transfer them out of a 2013 wallet. I got a DM from user -Jax_Brantley- (sorry reddit won't let me link his profile). Telling me that I needed to get on the "Correct Fork" otherwise when I send my coins they would be "stuck in limbo". He sent me two posts corroborating his claims:
His profile looked legit to me with activity on the doge forums. Even a popular post saying how he recovered 389k of Dogecoins (https://np.reddit.com/r/dogecoin/comments/n2lmhu/doge_coin_saved_my_life_holding_389k_coins/). He told me how my story was similar to his. His profile has many comments "helping other against scammers" in the community.
The story he presented to me made sense and I gave him a chance; this was due to my lack of knowledge (my floormate installed everything on my computer), outdated Dogecore wallet, the posts he sent me, his reddit profile. I was unknowingly falling for his bait.. Anyways we talked some more. I uploaded our conversation for those that are interested. It seems he deleted our first messages. https://imgur.com/gallery/yh1g7CQ
The main part of my post is to bring awareness to this scam. If anyone is trying to take advantage of your 'old wallet' pre-2014 fork, please do NOT give them any of your time. Please avoid any DMs containing the following steps (he even 'kindly' wrote detailed steps for my dumbass):
Step 1) Close dogecore-qt.exe and find the dogecore-qt.exe (right click it and run as admin)
Step 2) go to Tools -> debug -> console
Step 3) type
Step 4) find the zip beside dogecore-qt.exe or in C:/Program Files/Dogecoin
Step 5) in this folder hold shift + right click anywhere and select open "powershell here" from the dropdown menu
Step 6) type this command or copy paste it
Step 7) go to the new folder it created called "dogecoin-peers/online" and find the file called nodes.txt and open it.
Step 8) It will have a list of connection failed and node ID
Step 9) go to the console like in step 2 and type remove node <ID HERE>
Step 10) Restart wallet and you are all done.
After completing step 6, the truth presented itself. I got scammed… I looked on reddit more for this type of scam (should have had a better eye originally). Sadly, I came across this post too late. https://np.reddit.com/r/dogecoin/comments/n2yxgq/how_the_scam_works/
For those interested, here's my old wallet: https://dogechain.info/address/DFCW6SR6FB518RkpYjhsDL5BkX1zqRKe3A
A picture of the old wallet from my laptop.
Thank you to anyone who has read my post. I was conflicted to even post about this because I just was filled with emotion and that it would be an incoherent batch of word salad. After writing this out, I have been able to get more clarity and peace.
I hope there is someone that I can help and they would not fall for the same scam I did. Everyone who has made life-changing money or any money with Dogecoins, I am happy for you. Please appreciate what you have for me.
(Originally tried to post to Dogecoin subreddit but I can't get passed the auto moderator…)