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Crypto-Scammers stole $24 million worth of BTCs in 2020  

A crypto scammer made away with over $1.5 million within the period of 6 months.

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Crypto-Scammers stole $24 million worth of BTCs in 2020  

Crypto Scammers gained about $24 million worth of BTC in the first six months of 2020, according to reports from watchdog Whale Alert.   

As the COVID-19 pandemic kept a lot of individuals more active online, scammers have pulled dozens of different types of scams such as fake ICO’s, BTC recovery, fake exchanges, giveaways, video scams, fake tumblers, Ponzi schemes, malware and many more.   

Some of the most successful scams include a crypto fraudster making more than $130,000 in 24 hours with just a single web page, a BTC address, and decent amount publicity on YouTube.    

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Another crypto scammer made away with over $1.5 million within the period of 6 months promoting a fake crypto exchange with a poorly designed website riddled with typo errors.   

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The scammer deceives their intended victims by offering one or all of the following that includes no taxes, high profits, little effort, and no risk, it’s thus projected by Whale alert that these fraudsters could gain about $50 million dollars before the end of 2020  

Recall that a few months ago Nairametrics had earlier reported how thousands of Bitcoin investors have, over time, been defrauded of their hard-earned money around the world. The crypto fraudsters use both old and new tactics to defraud their targets in schemes based on BTC exchanged through online ledgers known as the blockchain. 

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READ ALSO: How to protect your bank accounts from hackers and fraudsters

However, you should remember that the use of cold wallets or a proprietary smartphone is recommended. These are specifically designed tools to keep your bitcoin from falling into the hands of hackers on the internet. 

READ ALSO: BTC whale moves 19,630 BTC valued at $185,000,000

Next time you are thinking of investing your funds in a BTC fund or firm, consider the promised returns versus the performance of the cryptocurrency market.  

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Olumide Adesina is a French-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment Trading. Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society. Behavioral Finance, Duke University. You can follow Olumide on twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected]

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BREAKING: Over 1,000,000 stolen XRP transferred from Kucoin to major crypto exchanges

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Ripple’s chairman transfers 500,000,000 XRP

In a series of tweets by Whale Alert, an advanced crypto tracker showed how crypto robbers transferred over a million XRP stolen from Kucoin to crypto exchanges like BYEX, Binance, in more than eight transactions at the time this report was written.

Here are some of the transactions captured by Nairametrics:

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Recall Nairametrics about two days ago broke the news when KuCoin Global CEO, Johnny Lyu in a statement disclosed yesterday about a reported hack lately in detail after private keys linked to crypto wallets got exposed and might have affected $150 million in user funds.

He added by saying the findings of the internal security audit report, revealed part of  Bitcoin, ERC-20, and other tokens in KuCoin’s hot wallets were transferred out of the crypto exchange, which contained few parts of the total assets holdings.

More details will be released as the story is developing …

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Crypto robber steals $15 million

Eminence, an upcoming project being built by Yearn’s Andre Cronje has been drained of $15 million.

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The DeFi crypto community’s strong appetite for unverified code has once again ended in pains for investors, with the losses amounting to millions of dollars.

Eminence, an upcoming project being built by Yearn’s Andre Cronje, has been drained of $15 million.

Eminence is an unfinished “economy for a gaming multiverse.” In a series of tweets, Cronje gave a detailed analysis of the cyber robbery.

“Yesterday we finished the concept behind our new economy for a gaming multiverse. Eminence. As per my usual methodology, I deployed our staging contracts on ETH so we can continue developing on it.”

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He spoke on the operational details of the project:

“These contracts, not the ecosystem are final, yesterday alone you will notice I deployed 2 separate batches of the contracts, this is my usual “test in prod” process.

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“We started releasing some of the art teasers to showcase all the different clans in the game on Twitter. We posted the first clan “Spartans”. And I went to bed.

“Around ~3 AM I was messaged awake to find out a) almost 15m was deposited into the contracts b) the contracts were exploited for the full 15m and c) 8m was sent to my yearn: deployer account.”

However, Cronje later announced that the Yearn treasury would help in refunding users back the $8 million he received from the hacker according to a snapshot of EMN balances prior to the hack.

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Investor moves $133 million worth of Bitcoins, suspected from Coinbase

An unknown individual(s) moved 12,565 BTC in block 650,441worth about $133million.

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Large entities are fast increasing their transaction sizes in the world’s most important crypto market at a spontaneous rate.

Data obtained from Bitcoin Block Bot, a crypto analytic tracker, revealed that someone (probably from Coinbase) moved 12,565 BTC in block  650,441, estimated to be worth about $133million, some hours ago.

READ: BTC bounty: 69,000 Bitcoins worth $700 million waiting for you

READ: Satoshi Nakamoto’s unspent BTCs worth $10.9 billion

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Why it’s happening; It should also be noted that the amount of BTCS on major crypto exchanges has hit its lowest levels in about two years meaning a new generation of investors, crypto traders are putting its money in it for the long term.

While it is difficult to predict market movements, BTC whales have shown historically that they often determine the BTC trend.

There’s no reason to sell now when you have large institutional investors like MicroStrategy, Grayscale Investments buying the world’s flagship crypto

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READ: Bitcoin whale moves 88,989 BTC worth $1 billion

Quick fact:

  • At the BTC market, investors or traders who own large amounts of bitcoins are typically known as Bitcoin whales.
  • This means that a BTC whale would be an individual or business entity (with a single Bitcoin address) owning around 1000 Bitcoins or more.
  • As BTC whales accumulate BTCs, Bitcoin’s circulating supply reduces, and this can weaken any bearish trend bitcoin finds itself in.

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Meaning that over time, it’s possible that as BTC approaches its fixed supply of 21 million, the price of BTC will go up, with BTC’s present demand factored in.

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