Real banks, with real money, and real regulations and laws to back them up have big problems with scammers and con men. So naturally you would expect just about every scam ever seen in the traditional financial sector to be played out once more with bitcoins (with the added bonus of no real chance of prosecution)
Naturally the easiest and cheapest con-trick, the fishing email, is ripping people off – but don’t be fooled, the real money is from scamming the trading market. An old trick of reporting false trades to raise the prices (even easier if you run the market! and there is nothing stopping conmen from operating bitcoin exchanges) is almost certainly behind some of the dramatic price spikes seen in the last couple of years – some people are making millions undermining bitcoins.
Anyway, here;s a repaste of a bitcoin fishing email that is being spammed about.. though it’s just the tip of the iceburg: