Usually, one would not immediately know when one has fallen a victim to a Cryptocurrency Scam. At this point, you might start to wonder where your money has gone and why no one is responding to your questions. Eventually, we all know the reality when it has set in after you recognize that Bitcoin Scammers have made off with your money and are nowhere to be found. Off late, it has been found out that some Cryptocurrency con artists or the Bitcoin Scammers are opting for different tactics and have actually told their victims they’ve been duped of certain dollars.
Soon after being duped into putting more than AUD$43,000 ($30,000) into fake Bitcoin investments, a Canberra, Australia-based couple named Nick and Josie Yeomans had received a WhatsApp message telling them that the whole thing was a Scam, as stated by the ABC news. The Yeomans’ had been investing in Coinexx.org which is a company that claims to manage darknet Cryptocurrency and Forex investments for its clients. But as per the message that the couple had received, it “is a Scam.” It seems that the Coinexx.org website is still live and still appears to be legitimate while displaying links to Cryptocurrency news sites and price tickers.
Mr Yeomans was introduced to the most famous Coinexx.org through a Facebook group and he was initially pretty sceptical. Even so, he then decided to risk his money anyway on what he said he was “expecting to be a Scam.” While it may have turned out to be a Scam, Coinexx.org appeared to be playing the longest game. Mr Yeomans initially invested AUD$1,400 ($984) and six months later, Coinexx.org produced an AUD$3,700 ($2,600) in return. Given the promising outlook, Mr Yeomans had quit his job while he and his wife became reliant on their Coinexx.org earnings.
It was not late though, seemingly out of nowhere, the Yeomans’ were blocked from accessing their money, and Coinexx.org began demanding additional fees to access their money. This was the first in a string of excuses given to the couple when they began querying what was happening with their money and what is wrong with the company. Unfortunately, by this point, the couple had already invested their savings, quit their jobs, had taken out loans and sold possessions to pay the fees that Coinexx.org was continuously demanding. After begging for their money back, Coinexx.org sent the Yeomans’ the WhatsApp message and ceased all contact with them.
ABC has noted that it tried contacting the WhatsApp accounts that were dealing with the Yeomans’ accounts but did not hear back whatsoever. While the phone number that contacted the Yeomans’ could help locate the Bitcoin Scammers, it’s still unclear if police are continuing to investigate this incident. Hard Fork has also tried to contact the phone numbers that were listed on the Coinexx.org website that stated all are out of service, at the time of writing. Cryptocurrency Scams appear to be growing in Australia pretty much. In 2018, Australians lost $4.3 million to Cryptocurrency Scams; a 190-per cent increase over the previous year has been experienced. By May 31 2019, Australians had reported more losses to Cryptocurrency Scams than they had for all of 2018, according to the report.
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