A marketing campaign that distributes a specific cryptocurrency or token to an audience.
A cryptocurrency airdrop is a marketing strategy that distributes free tokens or coins to existing holders of a particular coin or token. Airdrops are typically used to create awareness of a new cryptocurrency or blockchain
project. They can also be used to reward existing holders of a blockchain currency for their loyalty.
The airdrop is typically conducted by a blockchain platform or project to incentivize users by distributing free tokens
to their wallets. In some cases, users may be required to complete certain tasks, such as joining a Telegram group or retweeting a post, in order to qualify for an airdrop. By distributing tokens to existing holders, projects are able to create a larger and more engaged community for their product. This helps create a larger user base and drive up the token's value. Airdrops may also be used to encourage user adoption of a new feature or service by providing free tokens as a reward for usage.
Airdrops usually work by requiring users to hold a certain amount of tokens in a publicly discoverable wallet at a predetermined time (snapshot
time). The token project conducting the airdrop would then use the snapshot to distribute the airdrop tokens accordingly.
When a cryptocurrency project announces its airdrop campaign, it usually provides instructions on how to participate. This includes creating an account on the project's website, verifying a wallet
address and other information, and completing other activities such as following the project's social media accounts. When users have completed the campaign's requirements, they are eligible to have tokens airdropped to their wallets.
Crypto airdrop scams
are a type of scam that involves a malicious actor sending out fake offers of free cryptocurrency to victims. The scammer will typically use a combination of social media, emails and web-based campaigns to spread the offer. The offer includes a link to a website where users can enter their personal information, such as an email address, to receive the free coins. However, when the user enters their information, the scammer steals their personal information, such as their wallet address or even their private keys
, and then uses it to steal their coins.