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277 Chinese Nationals Arrested in Philippines for Pervading Alleged Crypto Scam

On a tip from authorities in China, police in the Philippines have arrested 277 people they believe pervaded a cryptocurrency scam that defrauded at least 1000 Chinese nationals, Business Inquirer reports. The scheme reportedly emanated from a company called Golden Millennial Quickpay Inc. Ltd., an offshore… Read More

Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty to Laundering $25 Million in Person and at Bitcoin ATM

A young man in Los Angeles has pleaded guilty to charges of drug dealing, unlicensed money transmitting and money laundering relating to the processing of $25 million USD in illicit money via his Bitcoin trading services. Kunal Kalra, 25, also known as “Kumar,” “shecklemayne” and… Read More

Australian Police Break Up Alleged $2.7 Million Fraudulent Crypto Investment Ring

Two women, aged 28 and 21, and three men, aged 56, 44 and 33 years, have been charged with fraud and money laundering by Queensland, Australia’s Financial and Cyber Crime Group (State Crime Command), for allegedly pervading a fraudulent cryptocurrency investment scheme from the Gold Coast… Read More

Indian Police Arrest Another Alleged Bitconnect Scam Leader in Gujarat

Another alleged principle promoter of the failed $4 billion USD Bitconnect cryptocurrency Ponzi (now attempting resurrection) has been arrested in India, India Times reports. Rakesh Savani was arrested in the coast city of Sujat in northwest India last Friday. Authorities have also seized property and… Read More

Australian Couple Lost $900 000 AUD in Retirement Savings to Crypto Scam

An Australian couple in the 70’s have lost their entire retirement savings -$900 000- in a cryptocurrency scam, 7News reports. “That was the whole of our superannuation – That’s now gone,” Mike Taylor told the outlet. Mike and Karen Taylor were traveling Australia in a… Read More

Facebook-Borne Crypto Scam Exploited Image of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

A crypto scam featuring the image of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, has been circulating on Facebook and may have conned thousands of people, local news outlet The National reports: “The fake news story scattered legitimate information, including factual details… Read More

Europol: Police Arrest Six Who Used “Typosquatting” to Divert Bitcoins to Fake Exchanges

Europol has announced that a 14-month-long investigation into a €24 million “typosquatting-based” cryptocurrency theft has netted 6 suspects in the UK and Netherlands. The five men and one woman were arrested “in simultaneous warrants” in Bath Staverton, Amsterdam and Rotterdam yesterday morning. An estimate 4 000… Read More

Exit Scam: Polish Coinroom Exchange Goes Dark, Funds Gone

Operators of Coinroom, a Polish cryptocurrency trading platform registered in 2016, have shut down the platform suddenly and disappeared with client funds, Polish business media site Money reports. At least 50 people on an online forum have claimed they lost between 300 and 60,000 “zlotys”… Read More

New Wave of SIM-Swap Hacks Hits Cryptocurrency Aficionados in US

After a period of relative quiet during the first part of this year, “CryptoTwitter” started lighting up late last month with reports of a spate of SIM-swap hacks being waged against known American personages in the crypto investing world, ZDNet reports. In a SIM-swap hack,… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority: Over £27 Million Lost to Crypto & Forex Fraud as Scams Triple Versus Year Prior

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a report addressing frauds and scams in the cryptocurrency and Forex sector. According to the FCA, over £27 million has been lost from these scams during the 2018/2019 period. Reports of scams topped 1,800 – 3X versus… Read More

Six Members of Transnational Hacking Group, “The Community,” Indicted for Crimes Related to SIM-Swap Hacks

Six members of a transnational hacking group known as “The Community” have been indicted in the Eastern District of Michigan and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in relation to SWIM-swap hacks they allegedly conducted to steal cryptocurrencies by… Read More

Culprit Impersonates Police in New Bitcoin Extortion Scam

Police in Berkeley, California, are warning the public that a culprit impersonating a police officer has attempted to extort Bitcoins from a resident of that region. According to a City of Berkeley press release issued April 24th regarding the incident: “Just this past Thursday, a… Read More

Hacker Claims to Have Stolen 200 Bitcoins From Dark Net Sites via “TypoSquatting”

A hacker has been bragging on the Dark Net that he or she siphoned 200 bitcoins ($760 000 USD) from Dark Net websites by using an impersonation scam known as “typo-squatting,” cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows reports. On the Dark Net, “Typo-squatting” involves subtle alphanumeric bait-and-switch… Read More

Another Crypto Scam Busted in India

Police in India have arrested four and are seeking a fifth suspect whom they believe used a cryptocurrency scam to steal 1 billion rupees (nearly $14 million) from investors in Mumbai, Surat, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh, Times of India reports. The men, Sanjay Sontakke, 44; Rajnikant Kumavat, 46; Alpesh… Read More

Chainalysis: Ethereum Scammers Doubled Profits in 2018

Many have seen ads on social media from fake accounts of “celebrities” asking followers to send Ethereum cryptocurrency and receive much more back. According to Blockchain forensics” firm Chainalysis, these scams were much more profitable last year. In 2018, ETH-scam pervaders boosted their profits from… Read More

Cryptocurrency SIM-Swap Hack Victims Band Together Against Telcos with New Website

People who lost millions in cryptocurrencies to hackers that hijacked their cellphones are collaborating to educate the public and strike back against Telecom companies they say aren’t doing enough to prevent the hacks, Motherboard reports. Crowdfund Insider has reported on numerous cryptocurrency thefts involving the… Read More

Scammers Selling “E-Krona,” Warns Swedish National Bank. There Isn’t One

The Riksbank of Sweden has issued a warning to the public that, “On certain websites and in social media, false information is circulating claiming that the Riksbank is selling e-kronas.” The Riksbank also says it has been contacted by individuals saying they have been solicited… Read More

Bomb Threat Bitcoin Extortion Scam Afoot

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) in Australia and The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in the United States have both issued warnings that emails are being sent out claiming bombs have been set in targets’ premises and will be detonated if a ransom of… Read More

Tokyo Police Accuse Eight Men of Running $68 Million Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

Eight men in Tokyo have been charged by local police with running a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme that authorities say defrauded over 6000 individuals in 44 Japanese prefectures of ¥ 7.8 billion ($68.44 million), Asahi reports. The men, including Kazunari Shibata, 46, who works as an executive… Read More

RECoin and Diamond Reserve Coin ICO Issuer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

The first person to be prosecuted in the US for ICO (initial coin offering) fraud has pleaded guilty to misleading 1000 investors, Bloomberg reports. On Thursday, Maksim Zaslavskiy, 39, admitted in a Brooklyn federal courtroom that he collected money for two ICOs: RECoin and Diamond… Read More

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