Crypto Scams: Will They Stop?
Cryptocurrency scams are nothing new. In fact, they have practically been around since the industry was developed almost 15 years ago, but never before have they taken such drastic and varied forms. For example, among the most prominent forms of digital currency scams in recent times are romance scams, which aim to target those looking for love online.
Many cryptocurrency scammers will create fake or fake “love” profiles online. They get closer to their victims and build long-term relationships. They get to know them, make things very personal and clear, and before long (after gaining the trust and attention of their victims), they tell the other parties about new “fantastic” cryptocurrency investment opportunities and that it would be a foolishly avoid getting in on the action.
From there, victims feel compelled to put money into the platforms, and they do. At first, they finally see gains and start to get excited. In many cases, they invest more money when they see the numbers go up, but when they try to make withdrawals or withdraw money, problems arise. They often hear that they should invest more, and before long, they realize what happened.
The platforms were controlled by illicit actors and there is little to no chance of them getting their funds back. Steve Weisman, author of “Identity Theft Alert,” said in a statement:
The elderly are often the target of this and unfortunately they end up losing a lot of money. The cryptocurrency companies that own these ATMs don't want to work with criminals and put the warnings right there on the ATM, which is fine if someone you know is going to give that moment of hesitation.
How to talk to bank tellers
According to him, the fraud in question is carried out through bitcoin ATMs in convenience stores and grocery stores. However, victims are sometimes forced to withdraw money from their banks, and the scammers have given them a list of things to say in case bank tellers ask questions or appear suspicious in any way. Weismann said:
They will tell people not to respond to certain things. That 'No, I am aware that this is legitimate, this is a business transaction.' and it is often very difficult to deter them.
Ultimately, while the crypto space seems to be growing like never before, crime focused on its fringes is also expanding.