Cryptocurrency investment scams skyrocket through social media

In 2021, the FBI received far more than 4,325 complaints from men and women who say they lost money in a cryptocurrency rip-off, with losses totaling around $429 million. (Incamerastock, Alamy)

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SALT LAKE Metropolis — Additional and additional folks who believe they are investing in cryptocurrency are actually currently being duped into sending cash to thieves.

When a South Dakota female observed herself out much more than $10,000 because of a scheme, she contacted the KSL Investigators for the reason that she required others to know about it and with any luck , avoid a related problem.

“I was defrauded more than crypto,” reported Vianey Murguia.

She discussed the rip-off began with a submit she observed on social media built by who she considered was her cousin.

“(She) posted how substantially dollars she experienced created out of this cryptocurrency,” Murguia claimed.

She messaged her cousin by the application — nevertheless it turned out her cousin’s account had been hacked by a crook. Soon after a large amount of back again and forth with anyone Murguia thought was an investment manager that experienced worked with her cousin, she was confident. She despatched them $1,000. Then a bit extra. And within a couple days — bam! Murguia got a report displaying the few grand she experienced invested had finished remarkably effectively and was now really worth far more than $50,000.

Then came the capture.

“She was like, ‘Yeah, so it looks like you happen to be going — mainly because it is a more substantial volume of revenue — you are heading to have to upgrade your package deal,'” Murguia said.

That was likely to charge her a different $6,000. But from the looks of those expenditure statements, it seemed properly well worth it to Murguia. A couple of a lot more $1,000 was added to go over the expenses required to launch the income. The total financial investment for her attained $12,000.

Then, much too late, Murguia commenced obtaining next feelings. Suspicious, she picked up the cellphone and termed her cousin for the to start with time.

“She’s like, ‘No! No! No!'” Murguia recalled. “She’s like, ‘Don’t tell me!’ Which is when I understood it was all a lie. I was not likely to get my dollars again.”

Murguia is much from by yourself, in accordance to the FBI’s most new World-wide-web Criminal offense Report. It is termed self confidence fraud. By way of dating applications and social media web pages, a scammer “gains the self esteem and have faith in of the target and then claims to have know-how of cryptocurrency expenditure or buying and selling chances that will outcome in significant earnings.”

At this stage, do not even want my money back. I just want to make it cease.

–Vianey Murguia

In 2021, the FBI been given more than 4,325 complaints from people who say it occurred to them, with losses totaling more than $429 million.

“I are not able to preserve permitting these persons do this,” Murguia said.

In her determination to alert other people, she searched online and stumbled on former studies from the KSL Investigators. Then, she asked us to share her tale as nicely.

“I just will not know what to do,” she described. “And I, at this point, don’t even want my cash back again. I just want to make it prevent.”

Final thirty day period, we claimed the story of an Ogden lady who shed almost $200,000 in a very similar rip-off.

A federal agent with the U.S. Treasury Department observed that report and has opened an investigation into that situation. Although, the agent has cautioned her that it is unlikely she will get her dollars back again.


The FBI provides the following tips on finances and cryptocurrency to assistance safeguard yourself from fraud:

  • Confirm that a seller/charity is legit and accepts cryptocurrency right before sending payments/donations.
  • Perform substantial investigate on likely expenditure alternatives.
  • Do not use your personal bank accounts for do the job-from-household small business-associated activity or deliver your lender account information and facts to somebody who is not named on the account.
  • Speak to regulation enforcement just before spending out blackmail and/or extortion tries and in advance of converting your dollars into cryptocurrency to fork out them.

The FBI has a group devoted to protecting against and combating cryptocurrency revenue laundering and frauds. If you consider you are the sufferer of a fraud, or if you want to report suspicious action, make sure you contact your nearby industry workplace or pay a visit to the FBI’s World wide web Criminal offense Grievance Center at

Contributing: Linda Williams,

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Matt Gephardt has worked in tv news for much more than 20 yrs, and as a reporter given that 2010. He is now a shopper investigative reporter for KSL Tv set. You can find Matt on Twitter at @KSLmatt or electronic mail him at [email protected]

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