Quick, think of a number between 1-247. Why did I choose 247, you may ask? Well it’s apparently just an arbitrary number that means nothing. Actually, the number is a pretty good representative of what you can expect from the website Autocrypto247.com – there is absolutely no thought behind it.
When I first saw this site, I thought I could write maybe two paragraphs, tops. I mean, there is barely anything here. There is a 19-second video that starts with a British voice already halfway through a sentence. There is a ‘Results’ section, a registration, a image of supposed testimonials (more on that in a minute), an FAQ section, and a 3-step instruction on how to sign up. Oh, and there is a quick disclaimer at the bottom of the site that asserts that they are not liable for any losses.
Whoever created this site was just incredibly lazy. The formula appears to be this: find a stock image, give the stock image a first name and an initial for their last name, pick a major crypto-currency, then makeup a large number and say that’s how much they made. Also, all those stock images are young, good-looking white people. But I guess there are more immediate problems with this site than its user diversity.
So besides the fact that this is a pretty standard FAQ for a scam website, promising you that you will make money and that all you have to do is sit back and relax, the whole thing is really out of date. And I mean REALLY out of date. In the answer to one of the questions, the scammers said that Bitcoin is currently trading for $2345, but the last time Bitcoin was valued at that price was back in May, 2017. We are almost a year past that, and in that time, the currency has been up to almost $18,000 and is now (as of January 17, 2018) at $9,433. So if these guys can’t even keep their site up-to-date, why would you trust them to look over your investments?
This has to be one of my favorite testimonial sections I’ve even seen on a scam website. It is literally an image with three different screenshots made on the customer’s end of a text message conversation with Auto Crypto. The messages go something like this:
“Hi Vicki! It’s Robert from Cryptorobot365.com”
“How’s it all going with your trades?”
“This system works so well.”
“I’ve already hit my week’s $$$ profit target.”
“Speak to you later x”
“That’s great, ok speak later”
Besides this just being a clunky conversation that tries too hard to look casual but totally failing, I was really confused by one thing: I thought this website was called Autocrypto247.com, but here ‘Robert’ says he works for Cryptorobot365.com. So I checked this other site out. Here’s a comparison of the two sites.
And one more.
And after a little more digging, I discovered that the Autocrypto site has mentions of Cryptorobot in their micro-markup (also called microformat). For those who don’t know what this means, it’s information that is added to the metadata of a site that helps bots (like Google or other search engines) organize it within searches. It’s also the reason why you see text under a link when you search for something on Google. Now, this information might not actually be anywhere on the website, but only contained in the metadata.
Thus, I have two different theories about Autocrypto. The first one is that they made their site and added the Cryptorobot references to their metadata to piggyback off the success of Cryptorobot. This is a pretty smart way to save money because people who search for Cryptorobot might see a link for Autocrypto as well and choose to invest their money with Autocrypto instead.
My second theory, which seems to me to be the more likely one, is really pathetic. Whether or not the creators of Autocrypto are the same people as the ones who created Cryptorobot, it seems that they simply copied the code from Cryptorobot and pasted it to make a new site called Autocrypto. And they were so lazy about it that they didn’t even change the images in the testimonial section or replace the name “cryptorobot” with “autocrypto” in the metadata.
Either way, it’s pretty clear that both sites are scams that want you to invest the minimum $250 so they can grab it and run.
I trust you have instincts. If you do, they should tell you that something seems really fishy here. There are too many red flags to ignore, no matter how much they are “promising” you in profits. Therefore, you should trust your instincts, close the page, and watch some cat videos. The worst-case scenario is that you save $250 and the best-case scenario is that you laugh at those darn cats doing something cute.