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Newbie here: did I get scammed?

So to start….I am an idiot, I know this. Lets find out how much of one:

I stared into crypto about a month ago. I began watching every video I could find, sifted who I thought was good and who was bad. I had 10k to start and I put the majority into BTC. I started a twitter for some dumb reason for crypto related news. I liked a lot of the Benjamin Cowen videos. I followed who I thought was Benjamin Cowen on Twitter. The handle was intocrytpovese…missing an r. I caught that detail too late. I sent a DM asking for a sample of his sites premium content which I was thinking of paying for and got into a conversation with who I thought was Benjamin. I was instructed to open an account on [Cryptooptionsfx.com](https://cryptooptionsfx.com/)

, and deposited my BTC from my Coinbase Pro account to that wallet. The transfer was instant. Only after that point did I find out I had been fooled. I attempted to initiate a transfer of the BTC back into my Coinbase Pro account, but all it says is pending and has for a couple hours. Did I screw up and give away 6k worth of BTC, or do transfers sometimes take some time and it is possible that I can recover it?



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  1. Sorry man. Consider it a tuition payment. Hopefully it doesn’t stop you from learning more and staying invested. 0% BTC allocation is too risky, even if it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

  2. Not to criticise the OP but I don’t understand why people feel they need to follow people or do weird investments to benefit from bitcoin.

    Literally all you need to do is:

    1) open an account on an exchange,
    2) get yourself a wallet,
    3) buy bitcoin,
    4) transfer bitcoin to wallet,
    5) relax.

    Repeat steps 3 and 4 as often as necessary if step 5 is unattainable.

  3. At the very least if you know a real person is being impersonated on Twitter you should let the real person know and then report the account so that it gets taken down.

  4. Every step of the way, think, can this turn bad for me? Even an absolute noob would not have done what you did if you just ran that question through your head. Jesus Christ.

  5. Really sorry to hear that. I hope at the very least your story can help some other people learn a(n all too) valuable lesson. Be careful out there OP and everyone else.

  6. If you haven’t done so already, at least report the account to Twitter. Who knows, they might do something about it, so the next person isn’t scammed too. (Not holding my breath though, but it’s worth a try.)

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