Money exchange platform
Is Changeblast Fake or Real?
Why is Changeblast Fake?
Changeblast claims to be a website for exchanging fiat and crypto currency. The website says that they support a number of currencies such as USD, BTC, ETH, DOGE and services like Skrill, Payeer and Neteller. It seemed similar to a shady service called EltraExchanger which I had written about previously. Therefore, I decided to test Changeblast and see whether it is fake or real.
When I tested the service by trying to convert BTC into USDT, it became obvious that Changeblast is incredibly likely to be a scam. After registering on the website, verifying my email ID and placing an ‘exchange order’, I was told to contact the site’s ‘chat agent’. The ‘agent’ then told me to send my BTC to a random wallet. This stinks of a scam as there is no guarantee that I would receive my USDT after send BTC to the wallet.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 23rd June 2021. The registrant’s details such as name, location and contact details have been hidden using a privacy service. Therefore, it is a relatively new website that is being operated anonymously.
Even though it is clear that the site did not exist before June 2021, it is falsely mentioned on the website that Changeblast is active since 2016.
There are also multiple references to the company ‘Changeblast Inc.’, but I could not find any proof that this company exists in real life. The entire website has no real company information or details about the management team. Therefore, it appears that Changeblast is falsely claiming to be a real and legitimate organization.
Curiously, Changeblast has an ‘affiliate’ program wherein users can earn a 5% commission on the exchanges made by their referrals. This means that online reviews and positive comments about Changeblast may be written to promote the user’s referral link, and therefore cannot be trusted.
There are a few reviews displayed on the home page of the website, but there is no way to verify if they are real. They could be written by the site owners themselves.
Changeblast also claims to have apps for Android and iOS, however, this is false as the links on the website lead nowhere. There are also links given for their social media pages, but the pages have been inactive since a long time.
Changeblast’s social media pages have also been created in 2021, making it even more unlikely that the service is active since 2016. I also found that their Facebook page has no likes at all.
I also found Changeblast being promoted by a fake account on Quora. The account is clearly fake as it has a stock image for the profile picture and all the answers written by this user promote Changeblast.
Changeblast’s YouTube account has only one video which is supposedly a user review. The description of this video mentions that the user has been using Changeblast since 2019, which is impossible because the site was created only in June 2021. Therefore, the review is quite clearly fake. Changeblast’s YouTube channel itself was created only in August 2021.
The contact details given on Changeblast’s website include a California address and the email ID ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’. The address is fake as it points to a random residence.
I expected that Changeblast would have positive reviews online due to it’s Affiliate program that incentivizes reviews for financial gain. I found that Changeblast has a 4/5 rating on Trustpilot based on 15 reviews. However, a closer look at the reviews reveals that users have been asked to write reviews by the chat bot in order to receive assistance. There are also a few negative reviews which allege that Changeblast is a scam.
It seems tremendously likely that Changeblast is a scam. It is a new website being operated anonymously since June 2021. The website is poorly made and contains false information, such as the company’s registration and address.
Changeblast claims to be operating since 2016 even though the website was created in 2021. The social media pages were also created in 2021 and there is no trace of Changeblast existing since 2016. There is no evidence that the company Changeblast Inc. actually exists either and the company’s exchange service is dubious as it involves sending money to a personal wallet.
It is advisable to avoid using Changeblast to exchange money or cryptocurrency as there is a high chance that the website owners will steal the money you send them. If you have been able to successfully exchange money through Changeblast, let me know in the comments.
Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
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- Contact your bank and block the card to prevent recurring charges
- Lodge a cybercrime complaint online or with the local police office
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- Give a low rating to the website on Web of Trust. You can also install their extension for the same
- Report the scam site to web filtering companies
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