Internet security experts have identified a growing trend of fake investment platform domains targeting consumers and institutions, posing a significant threat globally.


Internet security experts have detected and blocked nearly 13,000 fake investment platform domains across more than 7000 IPs in January 2024 [2], a 25% increase from December 2023 [2]. These scams [1], which no longer impersonate real companies in phishing attacks but instead create entirely fake company names, registration details [1], and promised high return rates [1], pose a significant threat to consumers and institutions [1]. Investment scams have emerged as a global threat [1], promising high returns with no risks attached [1]. In 2023, investment scams accounted for over $4.6 billion in fraud losses in the United States alone [2], marking a troubling 21% increase from the previous year [2]. Scammers often operate through sophisticated fraudulent investment websites [2], enticing victims through email solicitations [2], social media posts [2], or deceptive advertisements [2]. They recruit users through social media platforms or messaging apps [2], create the illusion of legitimacy and profitability [2], and employ email campaigns to lure victims with promises of high-yield returns [2]. Victims are enticed with promises of accessing substantial inheritance funds [2], only to discover that they’ve fallen victim to a sophisticated ruse [2]. By understanding the tactics employed by cybercriminals [2], individuals can better protect themselves from falling prey to these deceptive schemes [2]. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) attributed over $4.6 billion of US fraud losses in 2023 to investment scams [1], making it the costliest type of crime tracked by the FBI’s Internet Crime Report [1].


Investment scams continue to pose a significant threat to consumers and institutions [1], with billions of dollars lost to fraudulent schemes each year. It is crucial for individuals to remain vigilant and informed about the tactics used by scammers to protect themselves from falling victim to these deceptive practices. Collaboration between law enforcement agencies, cybersecurity experts [2], and financial institutions is essential to combatting this global issue and safeguarding the financial well-being of individuals and organizations.