Recent reporting is claiming that both Ethereum Nowa (ETN) and Ethereum Classic Vision (ETCV) are scam forks that are stealing people’s ETH. This doesn’t have any bearing on the legit Constantinople fork.
First off, this almost doesn’t matter to anyone who follows best practices when claiming a fork.
When you follow best practices you move your funds before you try to claim a forked coin. If your funds are moved and someone steals your private keys, all they get for it is an empty wallet.
However, we all know darn well not every users follows best practices, further, Nowa was actually telling people to send ETH to an address as part of the process (that was a big red flag; in general you don’t do that for forks, only ICOs).
Long story short:
- Be stoked about Constantinople, but know you don’t need to do anything aside update your nodes.
- Avoid Ethereum Nowa (ETN) and Ethereum Classic Vision (ETCV) like the plague and spread the word about the scam.
- Always follow best practices so you never lose your funds when trying to claim forks.