Despite being innovation and disruptive financial instrument, cryptocurrency still has its downsides, which is also being attractive to the criminal world. Regulators from all over the world still blame Bitcoin and other cryptos for its ability to conduct money-laundering operations. And if that wouldn’t be enough, the crypto enthusiasts are in danger themselves, being sometimes easy prey for robbers and burglars which consider them as a source of infinite riches.
Bitnewstoday makes a retrospective of different criminal cases which clearly state the necessity of protecting one’s life, health as well as the assets, even if they are virtual. The physical world sometimes proves to be quite aggressive, and no virtual cryptographic space can save you from an offline threat.
Back then, the victim was held at gunpoint, but luckily managed to escape the robber by jumping out from his balcony into the streets below. The victim is one of Norway’s few Bitcoin millionaires, that made his fortune during the crypto craze of 2017 and 2018. Sources also say that he is an owner of a crypto oriented company, but the name is still undisclosed. Police suspect that, due to the person’s notoriety in Norway, for having made around $11 mln from crypto investments, the robber believed he would be a great target and an easy one.
By putting himself on public display, the Norwegian crypto millionaire inadvertently turned into a target for this robber. Plus, because of still leading a relatively modest life, it was believed he was the optimal target for this assailant.
Investigations have been raging ever since the kidnapping as the police continue to search for the criminals, as Lerner tried to recover from his traumatic experience.
Pavel NYASHIN (MAKUSHIN) was a famous blogger and know in the Internet space of Russia. He became a victim of robbers, which took out almost 25 million rubles ($390 000 estimately) from his house in an elite cottage village. Although he had previously boasted about his fortune via his blog, claiming that he was indecently rich, and even recklessly mentioned about the house where he kept his money.
Pavel tried to recover his health and financial situation, being under pressure from his lenders and investors. Despite his efforts and some success in refundings, shockingly, he committed suicide. The resonant robbery made 23-year-old blogger notoriously famous throughout Russia and inflicted a severe reputational damage on the crypto industry as a whole.
In March 2019, several robbers broke into the house of a Dutch cryptocurrency trader. The criminals tortured their victim with a drill in hopes of getting the password to his crypto wallet.
According to authorities, the man had a substantial amount gathered from trading on the markets. It is currently unknown whether the robbers got what they were looking for, but the investigation is still in motion.
Serious crime issues were rampant in India when cryptocurrencies were at the height of their popularity.
A criminal gang, comprised of as many as 50 members abducted three cryptocurrency traders and requested 80 Bitcoins as a ransom. The police were immediately alerted and seized handguns, SUVs and various other illegal substances once the criminals were arrested.
The members of the criminal group from Lanseria, SAR, pretended to be the organizers of a crypto event and phoned the victim trader with a request to make a report on cryptocurrencies at their event. The gang lulled the trader and took him to an unknown place, where he was tortured. As a result, the trader transferred about $59,000 to the crypto wallet of criminals and about $7,200 to one of the bank accounts.
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