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Cryptocurrency scams cost Nottinghamshire victims over £100,000 police warn

Police are warning people about a growing trend of cryptocurrency and remote access scams after Nottinghamshire victims lost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Recent scams have started with fraudulent advertisements on YouTube or other social media platforms.

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Victims reported clicking a link where they were directed to share their contact information and then started receiving phone calls from scammers regarding lucrative investment opportunities.

Remote access to computers

Scammers have then convinced victims to grant them remote access to their computers so they can set everything up.

Funds – typically Bitcoin – have then been transferred from the victim’s account to a bogus website that falsely depicts the victim earning large returns.

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The scammers take the funds and continue to urge more investments by taking out huge loans, which results in the victim’s losses becoming even greater.

Nottinghamshire cryptocurrency scam victims

One Nottinghamshire victim was left liable for three loans totalling £49,000 – money he will now have to pay back.

Two other victims reported losing more than £100,000.

All three victims are being supported by Nottinghamshire Police’s Cyber Protect team as they seek to claim compensation from their banks, which have a duty of care to protect customers from scams.

Kirsty Jackson, from the Cyber Protect team, issued a reminder to people to exercise caution and vigilance. She said:

“Investment fraud can destroy individuals, businesses and families. Always be on your guard and take time to do your research thoroughly before deciding to invest any amount of your money.

“These online investment scammers pose as legitimate companies with hundreds of positive reviews, so it can be very easy to become a victim. 

“It is therefore extremely important that people only grant remote access to their mobile devices, phones, laptops and computers if they are asked by someone they know and trust, such as a friend or family member.

“You should never grant remote access to your device as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop-up, advert, link or text message.

“The consequences of doing so can be devastating. These scams have had a profound impact on their victims as the banks in some cases have insisted on the loans being paid back.

“We are helping them submit claims for the loans to be written off, but there are no guarantees and so the best way to protect yourself is to be vigilant of such scams.”

Incidents should be reported to Action Fraud in the first instance by calling 0300 123 2040. You can then make a further report to Nottinghamshire Police by calling 101 and quoting the Action Fraud reference number.

For more information on how to protect yourself from this type of crime, please visit The Little Book of Crypto Crime (met.police.uk).

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