Online scammer are trying to deceive XRP investors by advertising sham staking services that offer a return on investment as high as 31%. It is important to note that the token being offered is not based on proof-of-stake consensus.

Cybercriminals impersonate Binance to target XRP Holders

XRP is a cryptocurrency that is designed to be used as a digital asset for facilitating fast and secure cross-border payments on the Ripple network. It was created by Ripple Labs Inc. in 2012 and is based on a distributed ledger technology known as the XRP Ledger. 

Unlike Bitcoin, XRP is not mined and has a fixed supply of 100 billion units, with almost half of them in circulation. XRP transactions can be settled in just a few seconds, and the network can handle up to 1,500 transactions per second. XRP has gained popularity in the financial industry as a cost-effective alternative to traditional payment methods, and it is used by some major banks and financial institutions around the world.

Cybercriminals on the internet are pretending to be prominent cryptocurrency companies such as Ripple and Binance by setting up fraudulent websites and sending fake emails to offer staking services for XRP. These impersonators are engaging in online fraud to deceive unsuspecting individuals and steal their funds.

The counterfeit website has expertly duplicated Ripple's website,, by replicating its layout and typography, and referencing some of its past blog entries. Additionally, the impersonators endeavored to bolster the credibility of their posts by including details about the significance of self-custody with prominent hardware wallets like Ledger or Trezor.

A fraudulent website that facilitates XRP staking is being promoted through fraudulent emails impersonating Binance, promising returns of up to 31%. On January 21, an industry supporter named RipplePandaXRP used Twitter to alert the XRP community to the deception.

It is noteworthy that XRP is not stakable because it does not operate on a proof-of-stake (PoS) mechanism like other significant PoS cryptocurrencies such as Ether. Rather, the validation of XRP transactions is reliant on a network of "unique nodes" that reach consensus on which transactions can be processed within the network.

Before investing in any platform, investors are recommended to carry out extensive research to verify its legitimacy.

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