An angry high school student threatened to blow up the Miami airport, all because he wasn’t heartily entertained by the US investigation agency FBI upon his complaint against a US-based fraudster, who stole his Bitcoin (BTC) and vanished.
Getting duped of his hard-earned profits in Bitcoin trading, the eighteen-year-old, who has not been named have made at least 50 calls to FBI over the last month. When his calls weren’t reciprocated well he plotted a revenge. According to a local daily, Hindustan Times report the boy called Miami airport authorities and threaten to attack the airport by “barging into it with an AK-47 assault rifle, grenades, and a suicide belt.” Playing smart the young lad sent threats from multiple email IDs and phone numbers acquired using fake identities.
When the FBI reached out to India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) to help them to track the caller, the calls were traced to a small town Jalaun district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The Class 12 student was detained and interrogated by the authorities but wasn’t formally arrested. A Juvenile according to the Indian law, the boy’s identity is kept a secret as told by Uttar Pradesh director general of police (DGP), OP Singh.
He added, that despite his age, multiple charges have been slapped against him under sections of the Indian Penal Code (impersonation/issuing threats) and the IT Act (for making calls over the Internet to the FBI/Miami airport authorities). Upon investigation, his family members and school authorities divulged that the boy is “studious” and the aforementioned threats are naive an unintentional.
During questioning, the boy told the Police that he was making huge profits with Bitcoin over the past five months after an initial investment of $1000, that he borrowed from his father. While he was exploring more aspects of the token, he met a man claiming to be from the US on an online chat forum, who lured him with a promise of higher returns. Once the boy invested all his assets in the Ponzi scheme, the man disappeared with the money.
Given that Cryptocurrency isn’t accepted as a legal tender in India and are not protected under Indian laws, it is likely that the boy will be let out easily considering his tender age. Though not without a rude awakening that no one toys with the FBI wherever in the world you are based.