Australian police arrest five over $2.7 million cryptocurrency scam

Australian police arrest five over $2.7 million cryptocurrency scam

Australian police have arrested five people for their alleged involvement in a cryptocurrency cold calling scam that fleeced investors to the tune of $2.7 million.

The three men and two women were part of an alleged criminal syndicate which operated a number of businesses selling cryptocurrency investments on the Gold Coast between 2017 and May 2019.

The scammers cold-called individuals offering the opportunity to invest in Exmount Holdings Group, a legitimate appearing company with a website, call centre, and sales staff .

Victims were offered a trial investment, with the promise of generous returns once they had invested more funds. They were provided unique log-in details for the website where they could watch their initial investment grow over the trial period.

“When victims attempted to withdraw their capital, they could not. Their money had gone and any attempt they made to contact one of the companies or their staff was unsuccessful,” Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence of the State Crime Command’s Financial and Cyber Crime Group said.

Over 100 people are alleged to have fallen for the scam, investing a total of $2.7 million in the bogus operation.
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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 09 August, 2019, 09:40Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

There seems to be a neverending pool of gullible cashed up folks out there. When will people learn. 

Ketharaman Swaminathan
Ketharaman Swaminathan - GTM360 Marketing Solutions - Pune 12 August, 2019, 15:05Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

When law enforcement / regulators warn people to stay away from anything that's "too good to be true", the average man on the street heeds their warning. But the cashed up folks may not - it's probably by taking bold bets on similar "too good to be true" schemes and products that worked that they became cashed up in the first place compared to the average man on the street. $2.7M loss is nothing - there are individual whales who have made that much - and more - by investing in crypto. You can't win 'em all. 

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