Six People Connected to a $36M Crypto Scam Arrested, Scheme Operated From Multiple Locations in Europe

FBI Puts Warning Signs on Bitcoin ATMs in This US County Following a Scam

FBI Puts Warning Signs on Bitcoin ATMs in This US County Following a Scam

MTI CEO and Wife Issued With Provisional Sequestration Order by South African High Court

A South African High Court recently served Mirror Trading International (MTI)’s Johann and Nerina Steynberg with a provisional sequestration order. The court’s decision follows a successful court application by the five joint provisional liquidators of the now-defunct online bitcoin scam. Sequestration Not Final According to a report, the order was reportedly served on the Steynbergs’ […]

Turkish Crypto Exchange Exit Scam: CEO Flees Country, 62 People Detained, Users Cannot Access $2 Billion of Funds

A Turkish cryptocurrency exchange with about 400,000 users has been accused of pulling an exit scam. Its CEO has reportedly fled Turkey, allegedly taking $2 billion of customer funds with him. The police have an arrest warrant for the CEO and 62 people have already been detained in connection with the case. Crypto Exchange Accused […]

Turkish Crypto Exchange Exit Scam: CEO Flees Country, 62 People Detained, Users Cannot Access $2 Billion of Funds

A Turkish cryptocurrency exchange with about 400,000 users has been accused of pulling an exit scam. Its CEO has reportedly fled Turkey, allegedly taking $2 billion of customer funds with him. The police have an arrest warrant for the CEO and 62 people have already been detained in connection with the case. Crypto Exchange Accused […]

Court Summons Mirror Trading International Executives Over BTC Global Scam Allegations

Two executives of Mirror Trading International (MTI) have been summoned by a high court in connection with another cryptocurrency investment scam called BTC Global. The court summons followed a civil lawsuit filed by 18 plaintiffs demanding compensation from them. Two MTI Executives Linked to BTC Global Scam A High Court summons was issued to Clynton […]

Irish Police Investigate Massive Bitcoin Scam That Allegedly Stole Millions From High-Net-Worth Individuals

Irish police are on high alert due to the rising number of cases related to a bitcoin-related scam targeting high-net-worth people in the country. The situation has become worrisome because suspicious high-value transactions have already been noticed by authorities. Authorities Already Searched One Property Tied to One of the Suspects According to The Irish Times, […]

Instagram Influencer Charged for Allegedly Stealing Millions of Dollars in Bitcoin From Followers

A popular Instagram personality has been charged in the U.S., accused of stealing bitcoins worth millions of dollars from his followers. He allegedly convinced the “victims to sell him their bitcoin at attractive, but inflated, values†but he never wired them the money for the coins sent to him. Instagram Influencer’s Bitcoin Scam The U.S. […]

Study Finds Cryptocurrency Scams Surged 40% in 2020, Forecasts an Increase of 75% in 2021

A new study revealed that cryptocurrency-related scams almost doubled over the last year. However, forecasts are not optimistic going forward, as the report forecasts another significant increase in the number of cases in 2021. Research Scanned Over 300 Million Websites According to the “Cryptocurrency Scam Report†published by fraud prevention company Bolster and shared with […]

US Court Sentences Bitcoin Scammer to 3 Years in Prison After Massive Twitter Hack to Promote BTC Scam

The mastermind behind a large-scale Twitter hack to promote a bitcoin giveaway scam has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to three years in prison. During the hack, a number of high-profile companies, politicians, and celebrities saw their accounts taken over to promote the cryptocurrency scam. Graham Ivan Clark, the Florida teen who hacked prominent Twitter […]

Turkish Police Dismantle Massive Chinese Crypto Scam That Held 101 Hostages

A massive police operation took place in Istanbul, Turkey, against a Chinese gang’s crypto scam. Authorities found that criminals kidnapped 101 people and forced them to run scam operations. Scammers Tricked Hostages by Promising Them Work in a Legit ‘Crypto Investment Consultancy’ According to Demirören Haber Ajansı, Istanbul police cracked down a fake “crypto investment […]

Portuguese Authorities Contemplate Launching an Investigation on Local Crypto Social Media Influencers

Portuguese authorities are reportedly planning to take action against social media influencers who provide advice on crypto-related investments. The plans are being discussed in the wake of an online petition signed by thousands of Portuguese. A Crypto Youtuber Already in the Authorities Loop According to Expresso, Portugal’s judicial police, Policía Judiciária, is “analyzing†whether domestic […]

Argentinean Prosecutor Investigates an Alleged Bitcoin Scam Ganancias Deportivas

In Mendoza, Argentina, law enforcement launched an investigation against a sports-related investment site for presumably being a bitcoin scam. Among the inquiries, authorities are investigating if they’re involved in money laundering and tax evasion. Platform Claims to Invest Customer’s Funds in Placing Soccer Bets According to Clarin, Javier Giaroli, the prosecutor from the Public Ministry […]

Crypto Hedge Funds Defraud $100 Million From Investors, Founder Faces 20 Years in Prison

The founder of two cryptocurrency hedge funds has been charged in U.S. federal court for securities fraud. He has pleaded guilty and is facing up to 20 years in prison. His two funds cumulatively had over $100 million in investments. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that Stefan He Qin, a 24-year-old Australian […]

California Man Loses $27,000 in Bitcoin After Falling Prey to Crypto Scammers

In Daly City, California, authorities are investigating a crypto scam incident where a man lost $27,000 worth of bitcoin. A 48-year-old man claimed the scammers tricked him into giving them the keys to his wallet. Scammer Impersonated a Crypto Wallet Hardware Firm Ledger Representative Per KTVU FOX 2, the unnamed victim received a text message […]

Crypto Exchange Owner Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Multimillion-Dollar Scheme to Defraud Americans

The U.S. has sentenced a cryptocurrency exchange owner to 10 years in prison. He “knowingly and intentionally engaged in business practices designed to both assist fraudsters in laundering the proceeds of their fraud and to shield himself from criminal liability,†the Department of Justice alleges. Crypto Exchange Owner Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison The […]

This Bitcoin Ransomware Rakes in $150 Million in BTC

A new report by two cybersecurity firms has revealed that one ransomware family is particularly successful, raking in over $150 million in bitcoin. The ransom payments “sometimes amount to millions of dollars and typically run in the hundreds of thousands range.†Ransomware Makes $150 Million in Bitcoin The Ryuk ransomware family has raked in $150 […]

South African Court Grants Order to Liquidate Mirror Trading International After Investors Fail to Withdraw Their BTC

A South African High Court recently granted a provisional liquidation order against Mirror Trading International (MTI) following an application for relief by two investors who failed to withdraw their bitcoin. According to a statement released by lawyers of one of the aggrieved investors, this provisional order paves the way for the appointment of a liquidator […]

Localbitcoins Trader Facing up to 40 Years in Prison Over Bitcoin Fraud Schemes

A trader on Localbitcoins and Paxful has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a couple of bitcoin scams. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that the trader knowingly sold bitcoin to victims of fraudulent schemes. Bitcoin Trader Facing Jail Time The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that a Boston man has […]

Massive Fake Celebrity-Endorsed Bitcoin Investment Campaign Duping Google, Facebook Traced to Moscow

A massive bitcoin ad scam campaign — which features celebrities and mainly targeted Australians — has been traced. The investigation’s findings point to a “highly organized†global business that relies on five addresses in Moscow’s center. Massive Bitcoin Ad Scam Campaign Traced to Russia According to The Guardian, the scam campaign’s magnitude has made it […]

Massive Fake Celebrity-Endorsed Bitcoin Investment Campaign Duping Google, Facebook Traced to Moscow

A massive bitcoin ad scam campaign — which features celebrities and mainly targeted Australians — has been traced. The investigation’s findings point to a “highly organized†global business that relies on five addresses in Moscow’s center. Massive Bitcoin Ad Scam Campaign Traced to Russia According to The Guardian, the scam campaign’s magnitude has made it […]

8,000 Bitcoin Scam Victims Get Refunds From US Regulator

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is refunding about 8,000 victims who lost money from investing in two bitcoin scams. The fraudulent schemes promised that investors could turn their cryptocurrency payments of about $100 into $80,000 in monthly income. Bitcoin Pyramid Schemes’ Victims Get Refunds The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has started sending refunds to victims […]