A new Starlink website suddenly appeared. However, security experts discovered that it is not actually from the official space agency of Elon Musk.

Fake Starlink Website Scams BTC Consumers With Slow Internet Connections: How To Spot A Fake Page?
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BRAZIL - 2020/02/15: In this photo illustration a Starlink (SpaceX) logo app seen displayed on a smartphone.

They confirmed that it is a fake site that fools people who are interested in Bitcoin. The fake page has the domain name "Starlinkiran[.]com."

Some of its victims and the security researchers investigating it claimed that the web page looks so real since it has the same features as the one offered by SpaceX Starlink. 

This is currently a serious case since many people would probably fall victim to it, especially since Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, is becoming more popular when it comes to engaging in various cryptocurrencies. 

Scams are currently not that unusual as people transition to online transactions. Recently, another fraudulent act was discovered. This is specifically the fake Android crypto apps

Fake Starlink Website Looks Real? 

According to Teslarati's report, the fake SpaceX Starlink website was first shared by different Reddit and Twitter users from Iran. However, they later found out that it is a scam. 

Fake Starlink Website Scams BTC Consumers With Slow Internet Connections: How To Spot A Fake Page?

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UKRAINE - 2021/02/21: In this photo illustration a Starlink logo of a satellite internet constellation being constructed by SpaceX is seen on a smartphone and a pc screen,.

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At first, they were easily fooled since the design is exactly the same as the original one. Security experts also confirmed that it somehow focuses on Iranians looking for stronger and better internet connections. 

The website claims that interested consumers can place an order on the beta version of the service. However, the first part of the transaction already has some red flags. 

The first issue is that the website is asking for Bitcoin as the initial payment. Once the individual agrees, they will receive a form, which indicates that email, contact number, full name, and mailing address are required. 

Another suspicious activity of the fake website is its monthly charge, which costs $39 a month. Aside from this, it is also asking for about $249 for the hardware, which is unbelievably cheap compared to SpaceX Starlink's official website, which charges Elon Musk's consumers for a $99 monthly service fee and a $499 hardware charge. 

Since many people are already fooled, experts are now advising the public to avoid accepting offers that are too good to be true.  

Spotting A Fake Website

DigiCert provided some of the things that you need to check when accessing an unknown website:

  • Check Misspelled URLs.
  • Look for a site seal.
  • Check if your search tab will have a lock icon. 
  • If there's no contact information, it is fake. 
  • Check if the grammar of the website is correct. 
  • Look for online reviews.

For more news updates about the fake Starlink website and other fraud web pages, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.  

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