Canadian Cryptocurrency Owners Fall Victim to Employment Scams Who Have Already Pilfered $240,000 in 2019

Libra Coin News
Thu, 08/01/2019 - 17:56
Alex Dovbnya
Fake websites, fake contacts, and fake promises – here’s how scammers dupe gullible jobseekers
Cover image via U.Today

Have you finally found your dream job? Don’t rush to celebrate.

Fraudsters are laundering with the help of fake job offers. According to CBC, scammers stole more than $240,000 from the residents of Edmonton while using them as ‘money mules.’    

A nightmare job

A bad actor who poses as a legitimate employer conducts an online job interview and offers its victim to work remotely. Here’s the catch – the lucky one has to fill out special forms that require personal and financial information, which will be essential for stealing your identity.

So, what’s the job? Apart from getting their hands of sensitive data, scammers also use their ‘employees’ for money laundering purposes. They make their victims feel important and cajole them into managing funds with their own crypto wallets or bank accounts.

To top that off, they also infiltrate their victims’ computers by sending files malware. 

No one is safe

In case you feel like you will never fall for this, local police detective Linda Herczeg has a dire warning for you – everyone can be a victim. They use complicated tactics to make it seem like their job offers are legitimate.

They groom you. They are in constant contact,’ warns Linda Herczeg, an Edmonton police detective. 

About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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