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K-Pop Fans Are The Target Of a New Global, Well-Designed Crypto Scam

A new cryptocurrency scam involving some heavy social intelligence and media manipulation is brewing on Twitter, and the potential victims appear to be a bunch of K-pop fans.K-pop is a pop variant played by South Korean bands. The bands enjoy great popularity in Asia, but their fame is spreading to other continents thanks to the boom in internet streaming services.An investigation by the Economic Times revealed that an unidentified group had likely bought thousands of accounts or created a...

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UK Teenager Jailed For Two Years For a Dark Web Deal With Ecstasy and Bitcoin

A 19-year old UK resident was jailed for a drug trafficking operation. He had participated in an attempt to import ecstasy bought with Bitcoin on the Dark Web.Buying Dark Web Ecstasy with BitcoinThe 19-year-old drug dealer is to serve two years in prison after a police investigation discovered he has been dealing with ecstasy using Bitcoin. According to a recent report, Dylan Bailey from Arbury Road, Nuneaton, UK, used to import ecstasy tablets from abroad, aiming to sell the illegal...

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24 Year-Old Founder of Hedge Funds Pleads Guilty of a $90M Crypto Scam

An Australian man, founder of two multi-million crypto funds in New York, pleaded guilty on a crypto scam charge. The Ponzi scheme used a trading algorithm, taking advantage of price differences for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.Draining almost $90M From InvestorsAccording to a recent report, Stefan He Qin organized the fraud that stole about $90 million from clients through his hedge funds – Virgil Sigma Fund LP (“Virgil Sigma”) and the VQR Multistrategy Fund LP (“VQR”). The two...

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Bitcoin and Cash Operator Pleads Guilty To Laundering At Least $13 Million

A 49-year old U.S. individual has pleaded guilty to a scheme, defrauding hundreds of investors with millions of dollars via a scheme involving bitcoin and cash. In two and a half years, he managed to fraudulently exchange at least $13 million.Illegally Exchanging Tens of Millions of DollarsA 49-year-old man from L.A. pleaded guilty to recent allegations of masterminding and operating Bitcoin-fiat exchange and money laundering. According to an official statement by the U.S. Immigration and...

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SEC Charged Three Involved In ICO Fraud Backed by Steven Seagal

The U.S. SEC has charged three individuals on an initial coin offering scam, where their company Bitcoiin2Gen squeezed more than $11 million from retail investors. The ICO, which took place in 2018, involved actor Steven Seagal as a promoter of the newly created token.Defrauding Investors with More than $11MThe Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) went after three individuals, allegedly defrauding hundreds of retail investors. The U.S. watchdog has charged them on a 2018 initial coin...

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The Good Ol’ Fake Crypto Giveaway Scam Still Generates Over $500K a Week, Report

It seems that the old crypto giveaway scams are not as old and outdated as we though. People are still falling in 2021, feeding the scammers with large amounts of money.As hard as it may seem, there are still plenty of people who think Elon Musk is going to give them money if they send him Bitcoin (Spoiler Alert: He won’t, no matter how rich he is), and the gambit has been revived in the last few days, attracting unwary people non-stop.Bleeping Computer and Metamask estimated that in about...

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Bulgarian Crypto Exchange Owner Sentenced To 10 Years in Prison for Laundering $5 Million

A Bulgarian national was sentenced to serve ten years in prison after a major crypto-related fraud. Not long ago, the man was convicted in a transnational multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud over 900 American citizens.An Auction Fraud That Victimized over 900 AmericansAccording to an official announcement by the United States Department of Justice, Rossen G. Yossifov, a 53-year-old man, had defrauded hundreds of American citizens during a well-masterminded illegal endeavor. He managed and...

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Founder of a $147M Crypto Ponzi Scheme Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Central District Court in California sentenced GemCoin founder Steve Chen to 10 years in federal prison. Chen has been announced guilty of being the mastermind and leader of a $147 million crypto Ponzi scheme that involved mining and digital currency fraud, and tax evasion.Over 70,000 Investors Defrauded with Gemstone-backed CryptoAccording to the US Department of Justice, 63-year-old Californian Steve Chen and a team of conspirators have masterminded the fraudulent endeavor that remained...

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Indian Cryptocurrency Fraudster Arrested For Duping $350K From 45 Victims

Indian authorities have arrested a 60-year-old greetings maker for duping about 45 people in investing over $350,000 in a fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme. The accused ran the operation through a designated application and promised double-digit monthly returns.Indian Crypto Fraudster ArrestedAs reported by the Times of India, the local police apprehended Umesh Verma at the Indira Gandhi International Airport upon his arrival from Dubai.Verma had set up his own website and established a...

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Bitcoin Impersonation Scams Traced To A Large Organization Based In Moscow, Russia

After a threat of a lawsuit for displaying Bitcoin scams, The Guardian Australia launched an investigation to determine the nature of the increasing number of similar fraudulent activities. It concluded that there’s a group of fraudsters operating a massive global enterprise based in Moscow, Russia.Global BTC Scam Organization RevealedCryptoPotato reported in early October that the giant news media displayed a number of false Bitcoin advertisements that impersonated famous individuals. The...

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