British Island Resident Mourns the Loss of Life Savings After $1.5 Million Bitcoin Investment Scam
Whenever there is a deal too good to be true, it usually is. One man learned that the hard way, bidding farewell to £1.2 million as a result of false promises from scammers. How could this happen? How can you protect your own assets?
- A man in British Island, Jersey fell for a Bitcoin scam that cost him his entire life savings.
- The Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum warns local citizens of Bitcoin and sextortion scams.
Cryptocurrency scams are the stories that opponents of the industry live for, giving them validation for their negative approach to the budding market. Hackers are getting smarter and sneakier nowadays, especially with all of the articles that advise consumers how to stay free of it.
Unfortunately, there are some investors that are “all or nothing” individuals, like a resident of British Island, Jersey that recently lost all of his life savings after being duped by a Bitcoin scammer.
According to The Next Web’s Hard Fork, the scammer managed to connect with the investor, discussing his contribution over the course of 18-months. Through many communications, the victim ended up giving over his life savings, adding up to £1.2 million ($1.5 million), after the scammer promised to return the funds with a 15,000% return.
This story, originally reported by The Jersey Evening Post, says that the scammer found the victim after asking about Bitcoin online, and he believed that the investment opportunity offered by the fraudulent company was authentic.
Through the next 18 months, the victim was slowly convinced to make bigger and bigger contributions to the investment efforts. Considering the beginning of this article, it should be clear that the scammer obviously did not bring back any of the profit promised and has essentially run off with the money. Despite contacting the UK National Crime Agency, it is highly unlikely that this money will ever be seen again.
This is hardly the first time that someone has been tricked into investing in a false opportunity, and it probably won’t be the last. The Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum has issued warnings to their residents, saying that they should remain vigilant in their own efforts. However, sextortion scams have also arisen that investors should beware of.
These scams involve an email from the scammer, claiming that they have control over the user’s webcam or other illicit content on their computer. The scammer extorts the user, threatening to release images and videos of the victim participating in sexually graphic activities, but do not provide any proof that they hold such content. Instead, they promise to hand over the copies of these materials in exchange for a payment in Bitcoin.
To help raise awareness about these scams, the Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum will be sending out a newsletter to their local citizens. Still, a word to the wise – never put all of your eggs in one basket. It is basically Investment 101.