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Great spam of the day

Hello [undyingking],

Maybe you have heard about BitCoin.

I want to inform you that Bitcoins now is not completely virtual and you can buy physical Bitcoins.

We make coins from metal, electroplated with real gold. Each coin contains redeemable bitcoin private key protected by hologram sticker.

If you interested, please, visit my shop: [website redacted].

Or you can write me email: [email address redacted].

[name redacted]

You have to love the optimistic mind that would come up with a daft scam idea like this. I wonder how many takers they got.



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26th Oct, 2011 16:15 (UTC)
On the matter of spam I hear you had 2 comments from a troll using my ID. As it is an offence I am getting info together to send to plod;)
26th Oct, 2011 16:44 (UTC)
Good luck with that!
27th Oct, 2011 10:56 (UTC)
If I thought the coins really existed, I'd happily order one as a collector's item!
27th Oct, 2011 11:04 (UTC)
Mm, would make a nice souvenir.
27th Oct, 2011 15:02 (UTC)
Maybe you can: https://www.casascius.com/ seems to be the site that the spam email was imitating (see comment below).
27th Oct, 2011 15:12 (UTC)
Ooh, shiny!
27th Oct, 2011 13:49 (UTC)
One of my colleagues is bizarrely interested in this, and would like to know whether he could have the un-redacted link.

I don't think he wants to buy one...
27th Oct, 2011 15:06 (UTC)
I guess no harm in that: it's casascius(dot)net. But be warned that the genuine (FSVO) site that it seems to be phishing around is http://www.casascius.com, which might be of more use to your colleague.

I believe this because I just got an email from the .com guy complaining about the spam blackening his good name… now I suppose this might just be the next part of a complex multi-level scam, but I prefer to think not, for the sake of my sanity.
27th Oct, 2011 14:15 (UTC)
So presumably BitCoins are something that everyone else except me has heard of then? I think perhaps I have an addition to that old maxim about con artistry:

"You can't con an honest man, or indeed a man who hasn't the faintest clue what on Earth you are jabbering about..."
27th Oct, 2011 15:08 (UTC)
Mm, ignorance is the best defence against all sorts of things. Bitcoins are quite a clever idea (a self-sustaining virtual currency), but unfortunately they've run into all sorts of problems since encountering large irregular-shaped chunks of reality.
27th Oct, 2011 15:12 (UTC)
I did actually wonder if there was any crossover at all between people who'd heard of/cared about/wanted BitCoins, and people who might fall for such a scam!
27th Oct, 2011 20:08 (UTC)
I find it difficult to regard this as a scam, which suggests I don't understand it properly.

It reminds me of the highly coloured pound coins that you see advertised from time to time at well above their nominal value; you're paying for the beauty of the physical item, not its fiat currency value, and making a purchasing decision on whether or not you consider the objet d'art sufficiently artistic for your money. If the physical coin contains a private key charged to, ooh, US$0.1 worth of BTC, but is sold for US$10, then the question is whether the presentation is worth US9.9 or not. It probably won't be IMO (not that I've seen it and so cannot judge) but I can't imagine that the presentation wouldn't be pretty enough to be worth US$1.9 or so.
28th Oct, 2011 07:20 (UTC)
Indeed, as comments above discuss, it turned out not to be a scam (or rather, this particular email still was, but the trade it describes is real).
2nd Nov, 2011 10:31 (UTC)
I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case.

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