Someone has impersonated network equipment giant TP-Link and pretends to have built a Wi-Fi router (opens in new tab) capable of mining cryptocurrencies with super high efficiency levels.
Among those who fell for the obvious scam were news service providers Accesswire, which issued a press release from the alleged company announcing the product.
In the press release, which was published in early March this year, the company says interested parties can now order its “revolutionary” mining router, the NX31. Advertised for $1,440, the device comes “loaded with features and benefits that make it superior to competitive miners,” and is “undoubtedly the best of its kind and will change the mining industry.”
If these words weren’t enough alarm for readers, there’s an even better one: In two parts of the press release, the company has a different name. In the first sentence it is referred to as “TP-Link ASIC”, while further referring to itself as simply “TP-Link”.
At the bottom of the press release is a website inviting interested parties to learn more about the product, again showing the company as “tplinkasic”.
Finally, representatives of TP-Link proper responded to inquiries from Tom’s Hardware and confirmed that it is in no way connected to or related to this product. The company is currently investigating the matter and trying to remove the fraudulent press release from news websites.
At the same time, looking at the fraudsters’ websites, besides the NX31, there is another “miner” they sell – the D11 Doge miner (Doge is a joke cryptocurrency and a fork of Bitcoin, often promoted by Elon Musk), which is advertised for $570.
The website does have a shopping cart, but at this point it is impossible to know how many (if any) victims have decided to purchase the devices.
Via: Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab)