Phishing

Phishing scams are cleverly hidden attempts to get your account information using a fake email or website. These emails appear legitimate - with professional-looking company logos and information - and often claim that there is an urgent need for you to log into your account and confirm your identity.  The user is made to believe the message or website is genuine, while it is not.

 

If you receive such emails, check the destination URL on the provided link before attempting to login and/or submiting any personal information.  There is a high probability the link could actually lead you to a spoofed (fake) website.

 

What is a phishing attack?

Phishing attacks use email or malicious web sites to solicit personal, often financial, information. Attackers may send email seemingly from a reputable credit card company or financial institution that requests account information, often suggesting that there is a problem. When users respond with the requested information, attackers can use it to gain access to the accounts and use identity theft for illegal purposes.

 

A phishing message arrives in your mailbox, pretending to be from a bank, or from PayPal or eBay. It directs you to a web page and asks you to enter your password or worse, "verify" your identity with personal information.  The web page is on a server not associated with the bank or any other legitimate corporation.

 

Phishing is about identity theft.  If you submit your information through one of these spoof websites then the fraudster has all of your details and can commit crimes using your identity.  Spoofing is creating a hoax website, with the intention of misleading its visitors into thinking that it is the real website and entering their private details.  This is usually done by setting up a webpage with a similar URL and icons/pictures on the pages to make it look familiar and welcoming to all its visitors.

 

iGolder's Response to Phishing

To protect your account from phishing attacks, we encourage you to pick an avatar and your favorite quote.  Your avatar and favorite quote are secret and displayed in the header of every web page you visit at iGolder and every emails you will receive from us.  Since the hacker does not know which avatar and quote you picked, his phishing message will appear as a forged email.

 

iGolder Security: Avatar and Favorite Quote

 

iGolder Security: Email with Avatar and Favorite Quote

 

iGolder Email Phishing Attacks

We are repeating ourselves, however it is important you really understand the danger of email phishing attacks.  The hypertext link in a fraudulent email will appear linking to the iGolder website, but if clicked, will direct you to a fraudulent website, designed to ensnare the careless by mimicking the appearance of the real iGolder website.  Phony login forms are used on these "phishing" websites to collect your iGolder login and password.  If you receive an email "from" iGolder, however without your avatar and favorite quote, do not click on any hyperlink, and do not respond to it.  Just delete it.

 

Email Attachments

iGolder will never send you an email containing an attachment.  If you receive an email message "from" iGolder asking you to open an attachment or install a "security software", you know this email is fraudulent.

 

 

 

 

Since August 1st, 2013 iGolder is no longer accepting new accounts and balances can only be redeemed. During the past years, we have been recommending Bitcoin more than our own payment system. We believe in physical gold ownership, and developed iGolder as a mechanism for people to acquire physical gold by trading with one another.

Since iGolder has a central point of failure (our server may be raided by thugs wearing some kind of uniform), we feet it is safer for us to cease operations. The iGolder experiment has been personally rewarding as we met many gold enthusiasts and also learned about Bitcoin in the process. For those who have no idea what Bitcoin is, we recommend doing your own research. Bitcoin is far superior to iGolder in every way, both in privacy and security as our server is always vulnerable to confiscation. Bitcoin is a communication protocol with a built-in "escrow service" capable of protecting both the buyer and the seller, rendering our Safetransit completely redundant. To learn more about the Bitcoin protocol and its feature, please watch "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4L7xDNCmA (Bitcoin 2012 London: Mike Hearn).

For those having gold in their iGolder account, we will ship the physical metal to anyone having more than 1 ounce of gold, assuming the owner is willing to assume the shipping costs. For smaller quantities, we offer to settle in Bitcoin, however we will also settle with any other reasonable payment system. We will give everyone at least two full years (until 2016) to contact us to claim their gold. After that period, any unclaimed gold will go to fund an economic development project in Honduras helping local people to become entrepreneurs.

We sincerely wish you the best in life and hope to keep in contact with you.

Yours in liberty,
The iGolder Team.


Update 2014: Since we announced we no longer accept gold transfers, we have received countless emails asking to keep the free gold charts and the PGP encryption tools. We plan to keep running the domain iGolder.com for both the gold charts and the encryption tools. Better, we are developing state of the art open-source software for a secure decentralized social network with a built-in wallet. We will announce when we have a product ready for use. Stay tuned!