Fraudsters defrauded cryptocurrency investors of almost 90 thousand euros

Fraudsters defrauded cryptocurrency investors of almost 90 thousand euros
Fraudsters defrauded cryptocurrency investors of almost 90 thousand euros

Having believed the stories of strangers about the possibility of earning huge profits by investing in crypto-currency trading, and being blinded by the illustrations on the Internet platform of supposedly growing profits, the women entrusted the alleged investors not only with their savings, but also took out loans from banks to make their earnings even higher.

In order to protect residents from losing their money, Property Crime Investigation Board officers investigating these crimes have uncovered a scenario in which fraudsters are targeting people who don’t know how to invest and taking their money.

The police of Šiauliai County reports that all three victims fell on the hook of fraudsters while browsing the social network Facebook.

When they see an ad about an opportunity to make money or a question “How much do you know about your financial situation”, they decide to inquire and click on the link.

They were asked to fill out a questionnaire that required personal data. The women received phone calls the very next day. Russian speakers called. Those who presented themselves as managers or financial consultants told about successful investments of people, the huge profits they earned and tempted them to try by investing a small amount of money at the beginning.

One of the women invested 100, the other 200 euros, and on the specified investment platform, they saw how the amount of invested money allegedly grew in a couple of days. One of the victims was even allowed to take her original earnings. The women, who believed in the obvious, visualized possibility of enrichment and the persuasion of the consultants not to miss the opportunity to earn more, decided to continue their investments. Only none of them had the money for it.

The helpful consultants offered to take out a loan. One of them took 5,000 euros, another – 9,000 euros, and the third – 25,000 euros. Consultants set out to help women by investing this money. For that purpose, they have installed ANYDESK apps on their computers, enabling them to connect to the computer and control it remotely. Women on the internet platform continued to watch their invested money grow like wildfire.

The problems started when the investors wanted to take at least part of the profit. They were then directed to speak with a “financial analyst”. He explained that in order to do this, it is necessary to purchase a money legalization certificate and pay income tax.

Taxes amounted to more than one thousand euros. The women had to take out new loans, but even after paying the taxes, they did not get the money back. New obstacles kept appearing, more money was required to overcome them.

When one woman said she had nowhere else to get money, she was offered a mortgage on her home. Another desperate woman found a Russian website that offered help in recovering her fraudulently obtained money. Here again, the woman fell into the trap of fraudsters – after transferring almost 5,000 euros to them, she never received any help.

The third woman was made an accomplice. It was proposed to allow people without a bank account to use their own account. For three months, money flowed into the woman’s account, which she had to transfer to the account specified by the “financial analyst”.

When the woman became suspicious and said she would contact law enforcement, she received threats of retaliation. The victim realized that she had fallen into the hands of fraudsters and that money defrauded from people was being laundered through her account.

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