After the increase in number of measures to ensure that no information is leaked by the cryptocurrency users to scams online, a bitcoin theft in Delhi, the capital of India, took place after woman’s wallet was allegedly ‘hacked’ by scammers to steal away 6.5 bitcoins, approx. $54,000 in current prices.
A major part of investigation is being conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) – India’s primary law enforcement and intelligence agency, to find more insights and trace the hackers. The agency is also looking into the victim’s claim of losing just under 7 bitcoins to this bitcoin theft in total last year.
Reportedly, the victim told that she invested around 0.4 bitcoins in an unnamed firm that promised 12% monthly returns on investment over seminars in five-star hotels, in February 2017. The returns started turning up in her bank account, which eventually prompted her to put more money into the scheme.
She told The Times of India, “I invested all my savings in the company along with my friends and family members”.
This was after she invested again in the same company in May 2017 after her funds matured from a mutual fund policy. Those returns, in Indian fiat rupees, stopped in August 2017. In the coming times, the company resorted to issuing returns to investors with its own cryptocurrency. However, the woman asked the firm to return her invested money after a disagreement over getting paid in tokens.
In October 2017, just a few months after this incident, the victim claimed she was contacted by the very same company to process the return of her funds. In order to do so, the firm reportedly required her email ID and password that was registered with the company’s website. The victim shared her credentials impulsively, only to discover that her email and her bitcoin wallet had been accessed maliciously. She also used the same credentials across several platforms. Thus, the bitcoin theft took place in no time
“On November 8, 2017, my blockchain wallet was hacked, which had 6.5 Bitcoins. The hackers also deleted all the data on my email ID.”
India is also amongst the countries who have been showing a growing interest in the cryptocurrencies across several platforms. Thus, on predictable basis, the number of crypto-scams in the countries have also been increasing. Thus, certain articles and ads have been trying their best to help protects the users their cryptocurrencies before their digital assets are exposed to any kind of fraud.
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