The number of fraudulent cryptocurrency startups and suspicious companies not properly registered with regulators is growing. This makes governments and watchdogs alerted about the security of their citizens. For instance, the government of Singapore recently passed a warning to all of its citizens of the risk of involvement with cryptocurrency.
The head of the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recently made remarks saying they expect a rise in cryptocurrency sam cases in the UK. In an interview with Financial Times, Max Hill QC, a CPS director of public prosecution said the authority predicts an uptick in the number of scams.
Bitcoin adoption is growing dramatically in Canada, but the rate of cryptocurrency fraud is also increasing at a worrying speed. Between 2017 to 2020, digital currency-related fraud in Canada rose by about 400%, as per the report by RCMP.
Cryptocurrency scammers use numerous leverages to trick people into handing over their money. The basic desire for love and money are the most widespread of them. At least, that is what the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) thinks. These desires have already cost the citizens about $2 million in losses.
Several cryptocurrency scams have been exposed since the beginning of 2021 and the legal actions have been taken by authorities. A lot of cryptocurrency scams normally appear as online chain referral schemes, high-return investments, or Ponzi-schemes.
2020 was quite a controversial year for the cryptocurrency industry. It started with the bearish sentiment, triggering the collapse of the market. However, the second half of the year turned out to be positive for cryptocurrency, as COVID-related lockdown triggered a significant interest in it.
People tend to look up to celebrities. That is why when they set a trend for something, common folks take up the trend almost immediately. For this reason, scammers often use their popularity to look more reliable and attract potential victims.