DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent Impersonators

ALERT – Extortion Scam : DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent Impersonators

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ALERT – Extortion Scam The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA Special Agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme. The criminals call the victims (who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the internet or by telephone) and identify themselves as DEA agents or law enforcement officials from other agencies. The impersonators inform their victims that purchasing drugs over the internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the impersonators instruct their victims to pay the “fine” via wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas. If victims refuse to send money, the impersonators often threaten to arrest them or search their property. Some victims who purchased their drugs using a credit card also reported fraudulent use of their credit cards. Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. The public should be aware that no DEA agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. The DEA reminds the public to use caution when purchasing controlled substance pharmaceuticals by telephone …

Fool Me Once … Top 5 Bitcoin-Related Scams for 2015

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CoinGreed.com is always keen to bring to readers’ attention anything suspicious in crypto-industry and beyond. We’ve been surprised by the sheer audacity of some rogue players still playing a major role in today’s market, so read on for our pick of the very worst. Don’t forget to leave your opinion beneath the article – debate helps pressure bad actors into explaining their actions and showing their true colors. OneCoin CoinTelegraph previously ran an expose about OneCoin, the global ponzi scheme seemingly able to fool everyone from the Economist to the hoards of trolls who took to our comments sectionfollowing publication of the article. Far from dying out, OneCoin continues to spread, despite the comprehensive list of discrepancies – some of which are even shocking in their carelessness – which are freely available for discovery in its own marketing material. Stunts such as calling a paid advertisement in Forbes Bulgaria as a genuine interview and mismatching information about the founders and their qualifications are complimented by bizarre charity spin-off websites and some of the most incomprehensible English usage imaginable. Add to that repeated claims of partnerships in which the “partners” deny any knowledge of OneCoin, and a user agreement seemingly copied …

Multi-Million Dollar ‘Grandmother Scam’ Using Bitcoin Ends in Miami

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A Canadian man who devised an elaborate scheme to defraud elderly U.S. citizens while using monetary transmitters like Western Union and Bitcoin has been caught. Stephan Moskwyn is looking at up to thirty years in federal prison for money laundering and related crimes performed in Southern Florida. Scammed grandparents into thinking relatives were in financial trouble The basic premise was simple: Call the large elderly population in Florida from a Canadian call center and purport to be a grandchild or other relative in need of money, due to a legal issue or accident. The callers would have them send the funds in the form of pre-paid debit cards, or money orders via Western Union, which would later be cashed in foreign markets like Chile and the Dominican Republic. Then “virtual money orders” were converted to Bitcoin by Moskwyn. He had bought pre-paid debit cards in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to execute the scams, which is when he met with witnesses who were working for federal law enforcement, according to documents submitted to the court. Those who were scammed would even go the extra mile to help, sending more funds than requested multiple times, according to federal investigators. U.S. Attorney Wifredo …