Scammers create Blockworks clone site to drain crypto wallets


Phishing scammers have cloned the web sites of crypto media outlet Blockworks and Ethereum blockchain scanner Etherscan to trick unsuspecting readers into connecting their wallets to a crypto drainer.

A faux Blockworks site displayed a faux “BREAKING” information report of a supposed multimillion-dollar “approvals exploit” on the decentralized exchange Uniswap and inspired customers to go to a faux Etherscan web site to rescind approvals.

The faux Uniswap information article was posted on Reddit throughout a number of standard crypto-related subreddits by seemingly compromised Reddit accounts.

The faux Blockworks web site (left) exhibits a faux breaking information story of a Uniswap exploit in contrast to the respectable web site (proper).

The faux Etherscan web site, which shows a purported token and sensible contract approval checker, as an alternative contains a wallet drainer.

Blockchain safety agency Beosin reviewed the drainer’s sensible contract and informed Cointelegraph the attacker hopes to drain wallets with a minimum of 0.1 Ether (ETH), value $180. However, the drainer is incorrectly arrange, as “there is no phishing transaction prompted after a wallet is connected.”

The phishing web site (left) in contrast to the respectable Etherscan web site (proper).

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An age verify of the domains exhibits the faux Etherscan site,, was registered on Oct. 25, and the faux Blockworks site,, was registered a day later.

In an Oct. 25 X (Twitter) publish, Web3 anti-scam platform Scam Sniffer confirmed that scammers had deployed a pockets drainer on a web site cloning the crypto information outlet Decrypt.

Scam Sniffer informed Cointelegraph that the faked Blockworks and Decrypt websites are, nonetheless, run by completely different scammers.

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Update (Oct. 27, 1:30 am UTC): This article has been up to date with additional info and feedback from Beosin and Scam Sniffer.