Iran: Scammers use SpaceX’s Starlink to trick users

Screenshot of fake Iranian Starlink Website

The site asks users in Iran to pay via Bitcoin to access SpaceX Starlink’s satellite internet.

Desperate to get Starlink? Beware of fake websites pretending to offer the service.

The huge demand for SpaceX’s satellite internet system is starting to attract scammers who want to take advantage of the need for high-speed internet.

A website that looks quite like Starlink written in Persian has been uploaded to Starlinkiran[.]com, spotted by users on Twitter and Reddit.

The site targets Iranians with promises that it can offer the beta version of the internet service.

However, the website is certainly fake. To sign up for Starlink, the same domain requests payment via Bitcoin.

First, you need to fill out a form with your name, email, address, and phone number. The site states that it will then send a different email about the payment method.

“Payments to Iran are made entirely confidentially through Bitcoin!” the site claims.

The process is different from the official Starlink website, which simply allows you to use a credit card to place your order.

The fake Iranian website also offers the service for $49 per month and $249 for hardware—which is far less than the $99 per month and the $499 one-time charge from the official Starlink website.

However, the fake website may have managed to fool internet users in Iran in a desperate attempt to acquire high-speed internet.

SpaceX’s Starlink is designed to offer speeds from 50Mbps to 150Mbps in almost any location on the planet, including rural and remote areas.

Will the Original Starlink Service Ever Reach Iran?

It remains unclear whether the actual Starlink service will ever reach Iran. SpaceX aims to make the satellite internet service available around the world. To do so, however, it will need to secure the approval of the regulators of each state government.

To stay safe, we recommend that you rely on the Starlink.com website to order the service. The domain currently has five geographic options for users in the US, Canada, France, Austria and Germany.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk also implied that one day Starlink would be provided through third-party mobile operators.

However, payments will be made through official channels rather than suspicious websites requesting Bitcoin.

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