We are on the horizon for some exciting times as SingularityNET begins to expand in size, utility, with growing awareness of our project and spin-off projects, most recently the vote to move onto the Cardano blockchain and the upcoming airdrop of SingularityDAO governance tokens.
Because of all this, scam activity is at an all time high! The weather forecast shows an incoming scam-nami!
To help you keep your AGI safe, I have composed this Safety Guide with basic, but fundamental ways to assure you do not find yourself a victim of a scam. *It would be a good idea to bookmark this page and check any suspicious activity against these official sources
- Know Your Sources
Here is the list of all of our OFFICIAL Social Media Channels:
Community Telegram Channel: https://t.me/singularitynet
Telegram Announcements Channel: https://t.me/snetann
Telegram Channel: https://t.me/SingularityDAO
Anything not coming from one of these sources is almost certainly a FAKE and should be reported. Do not be fooled by large groups appearing to have 25,000 “members”, these are mostly bots, and it is quite easy to add random people to a group without them knowing (Will explain in a bit how to turn off that setting).
- Know Your Team
No one from the SingularityNET Team or Volunteer Admins will EVER:
- Ask you to send tokens anywhere
- Contact you via DM about transactions
- Ask for your wallet keys or seed phrase
- Ask you to use any websites/wallet linking services like walletconnect
Again, all instructions will be posted on official channels and will be conducted in a professional manner.
- Know Your Admins
Here is a current list of the Telegram Admins for SingularityNET and SingularityDAO. If the person you are communicating with is using our name or image and their handle does not match these, they are a SCAMMER! Remember, generally an Admin will not DM you first, and the will certainly never ask you to provide them with your wallet details or send them ANY AGI!
Be sure to look out for little tricks like swapping lowercase “L” for uppercase “I” etc. This list can be accessed on the main community channel by triggering the Guardian bot with the command “/staff” (some are not included here as they are not active in telegram moderation but have “admin” status due to their roles in the project). Double check any “admin” you may be communicating with against these lists.
- Know your Settings
To avoid being auto-added into copy groups on Telegram:
i.) Go into your Settings
ii) Select "Privacy and Security”,
iii) Scroll down to “Groups”
iv) Change it from “Everybody” to “My Contacts” (who can add you to groups)
This will assure that no random people can automatically add you into any groups.
- Know Your Wallet
The most important rule of Crypto is NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR PRIVATE KEYS!!!
Once someone has access to your wallet there is no turning back. The double edge sword of Crypto wallets is while they are totally owned by you (no banks, no governments, etc.) once you lose your seed phrase or key to your wallet, they are unrecoverable! If you give a scammer entry to your wallet, no one can get your tokens back. I mean no one as in NO ONE!
DONT store your keys or seed phrases anywhere on the internet. The safest place is on a piece of paper (for instance with your birth certificate or other important documents you always know the location of and protect heavily) or on a flash drive (also stored in a safe place) Anything on the internet is susceptible to hacking, and even storing them in an offline file on a computer is risky in the event your computer/device is stolen or destroyed.
DONT send tokens to strangers, regardless of who they claim to be! In the same principle, once you send crypto away it is GONE. No one can get back AGI you sent away to a scammer. And again an Admin or Team Member will NEVER ask you for AGI for any reason!!!
- Know What To Do
These are the steps you should take if you identify a potential or obvious scam:
i) Contact an Admin (verify that it is indeed them via above methods). You can forward a message of the scammer to @getuseridbot and the result to one of our Admins so they can investigate.
ii) Report them using the “Report” function (If not on Telegram, there will still be a “report” button on what ever application you are using). If you have already started conversing and the “Report” option is no longer available, forward their messages to @notoscam (Look for the blue tick next to the account name)
iii) For bigger operations such as copy groups, if you have screenshots, usernames, etc. you can send a more detailed report in an email to email@example.com
iv) DO NOT share the scam links or screenshots of the scam links with the community!! Posting these links or pictures of them on official channels can confuse people and lead them to going to those sites. If you think something may be a scam, contact an Admin directly, or verify using the methods listed here.
v) DO NOT engage the scammer in prolonged conversation. Once you have identified them as a scammer, cease the conversation and report them.
I hope this guide is helpful to you. Remember, keep your keys safe: Nobody needs to access your wallet, SingularityNET will never ask you for AGI, and there is NO SUCH THING as a token multiplier, you are not going to receive 500,000 AGI for sending 5,000
The Guardian of the Singularity @guardian_of_the_singularity_bot (also @SingDAO_GuardianBot) are BOTS. Their function is to help admins with community management and store useful links. Users have been reporting getting DM’s supposedly from the Guardian. This bot CANNOT DM or speak at all. It only responds to simple ! and / commands. Any personal message from “Guardian” is a scammer!!!
There is no “verification” for the Airdrop, the rules are outlined here: https://medium.com/singularitydao/singularitydao-updated-airdrop-eb6fc9d2210b There is also an FAQ accessible in the main SNET and SDAO community channels by using the command “!airdropfaq” (no quotes). Any DM asking you to “verify your eligibility” through any link is a scam!
There is no “bridge” to connect to for the SDAO GGE. The only wallet connection task to perform for the GGE is to MantraDAO to participate on May 6th. Any DM asking you to connect your wallet for any other purpose is a scam!