In Hong Kong, Bitcoin “sellers” stole nearly $ 500,000

In Hong Kong, attackers robbed two employees of a currency exchange company during a deal to buy bitcoin for 3.85 million Hong Kong dollars (~ $ 495,000 at the exchange rate at the time of writing). Reported by the South China Morning Post .

According to police, the victims handed over cash to buy the first cryptocurrency to men who identified themselves as sellers. After that, one of them left the premises, ostensibly for paperwork.

After a while, the company’s employees went after the missing “seller”. His partner tried to escape, but the buyers detained the man and handed him over to the police. The second suspect is still at large.

Earlier, an anonymous investor sent 10 BTC to scammers , who from Elon Musk’s fake Twitter account promised to double the amount sent.

Recall that the analytical company Chainalysis announced a reduction in the share of transactions related to crime in cryptocurrencies to $ 10 billion in 2020.

Digital asset crime losses reached $ 1.9 billion in 2020, according to a report from analysts at CipherTrace .

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