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More crypto scams have been recorded to the digital currency books, and the ones in question are proof that it doesn’t matter how big or famous you are or where you’re located… You’re just as vulnerable as everyone else.
Crypto Scams… They’re Everywhere!
The first of the two new crypto scams saw Nottingham Forest midfielder Gustavo Scarpa losing one million pounds to a digital thief. At 29 years old, Scarpa is developing a reputation as one of the greatest soccer players of the modern age, but this newfound scam is likely coming back to haunt him right about now. Based in Brazil, Scarpa is working hard to gain his money back through a potential court case.
The situation has prevented Scarpa from taking part in all his team’s practices and games, though his fellow fielders say they support his endeavors and will grant him this time to see about keeping his finances intact. His team issued a statement that read:
It’s an unfortunate situation, and he’s got our full support with it… He has had some personal issues to sort out, and we are giving him our support, which is inclusive of allowing him to travel back. We’re supporting Gustavo in terms of what he’s going through and of course, it affects football performance and availability and all that sort of stuff. Those things go hand in hand, of course. We want him settled in his mind and sorting out the situation. Hopefully, he can get it sorted out and then focus on his availability for us.
4,000 miles away, a man in Strongsville, Ohio has reportedly lost about half a million dollars at press time after investing his hard-earned funds into a phony crypto website. Clearly, digital currency scams are happening everywhere. The FBI is now investigating the situation.
Susan Licate – who works with the FBI branch of Cleveland – commented that this is a growing issue the agency is reportedly having to deal with. She said:
The losses in 2021 were over $429 million, and in 2022, that figure nearly doubled to about $700 million.
The FBI Has Gotten Heavily Involved
She says the victims reportedly meet the scammers online either as friends or romantic partners. From there, the scammers convince them to invest in crypto platforms that are in the control of their fellow criminals. When the people invest, they see returns, but they usually cannot withdraw any money without investing further. She said:
The victim deposits more money, and sometimes even the scammer will bring in a bogus customer service group to put a little more pressure on the victim, and they deposit that money and it’s all over from there… These scammers are savvy, and what they try to do is gain trust and confidence from the victim.