Scammers allegedly promised counterfeit cash or digital wallets for cryptocurrencies and then stole the funds.
bloomberg report On Friday (December 9), it was revealed that the scammers had set up fake IDs, arranged visits with victims, received cryptocurrencies from them, and accessed the funds through their phones. rice field.
According to reports, the meetings took place in Paris and Milan, and the scammers stole at least 2 million euros (about $2.1 million).
French authorities have prosecuted two participants for alleged fraud and money laundering. Their identities have not been revealed.
This is one of a growing number of crypto-related scams.
November 29th, US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York Man pleads guilty to defrauding customer for purchase cryptocurrency mining products and services.
Chester J. “Chet” Stojanovic pleaded guilty to wire transfers after telling customers he would provide cryptocurrency mining computers and hosting services, but kept the money in return. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
“Cryptocurrency mining has generated a lot of media attention and public excitement over the past few years, but new forms of money and investments can also create new opportunities for old-fashioned scams. Damian Williams said at the time.
America Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The (CFPB) said on November 10 that it had received more than 8,300 complaints related to crypto assets between October 2018 and September 2022, most of them in the last two years. rice field. In about 40% of cryptocurrency complaints processed since 2018, customers said: fraud and Fraud was the main problem.
“Americans are also reporting trading problems, frozen accounts and lost savings when it comes to crypto assets,” CFPB director Rohit Chopra said at the time. “This could be a scam, so be wary of anyone asking for a crypto upfront payment.”