RE: FBI Warns Of Rise In Bitcoin/Crypto Scams
“Never let a crisis go to waste” is a popular quote from Rahm Emanuel but one scammers embrace, as well. Sadly, we can expect to see a rise in scams during times like these so stay safe out there, people!
FBI Warns Surge in Bitcoin (BTC) and Cryptocurrency Scams Likely As Fraudsters Try to Capitalize on Coronavirus
“According to a news release published by the US agency on Monday, people should watch out for potential work-from-home scams, investment scams, threatening emails or letters and efforts to lure customers into buying non-existent treatment or equipment.
‘Developments in cryptocurrency technology and an increasing number of businesses accepting it as payment have driven the growing popularity and accessibility of cryptocurrency. There are not only numerous virtual asset service providers online but also thousands of cryptocurrency kiosks located throughout the world which are exploited by criminals to facilitate their schemes…
Although there are legitimate charities, investment platforms, and e-commerce sites that accept payment in cryptocurrency, pressure to use a virtual currency should be considered a significant red flag.’”
I f’ing hate scammers…here’s another one I just saw, this one is going around NYC…thing is, the enrgy company these thieves are impersonating don’t even take BTC as a form of payment…!
NY Police Department Warns About Tricky Bitcoin (BTC) Scam That Makes Rounds During COVID-19 Pandemic
“Those who try to pass off for Con Edison employees might have been inspired by their Canadian colleagues. Earlier, Toronto Hydro cautioned its potential victims that it would never cut off their electricity without double-checking all pertinent information.
The cops’ 23rd Precinct makes it clear that Con Edison will not turn off its services during the pandemic that keeps New Yorkers locked down in their homes.
It is also important to remember that electricity providers do not accept BTC payments, which should be a major red flag for customers.”