According to Chilean media reports, the PDI is investigating scams with fakecoins or fake cryptocurrencies in Chile.
La Chilean Investigative Police, PDI, called on the population to be alert to the growing wave of crypto scams in the country. This was reported by the country’s media, as Biobío.
He reported that the PDI maintains an ongoing investigation in the region of Coquimbo and nationally, due to the emergence of several reports of crimes of fraud using fake cryptocurrencies or fakecoins en Chile.
According to local press information, it would be an international gang that deceived many people who wanted to invest investing is when you put money in a financial scheme with the intent of making a gain. in crypto, with amounts ranging from $4 million pesos (about USD $ 4,600) to $ 60 million pesos (more than USD $ 70 thousand).
The head of the La Serena Economic Crimes Brigade, Carlos Paz, said that first received a complaint that served to make comparison with other regions. There they realized that the crime was repeated in different cities with similar characteristics.
“We are in an advanced stage of investigation and it has been established that those affected are contacted by foreign numbers, to this is added that those who call them are subjects who seem to find it difficult to speak Spanish and the IPs they use are foreign”, he detailed and added:
“It is presumed to be an international gang that, taking advantage of the Chilean economy, attacked the country. We are in progress to establish more affected and the modus operandi to individualize the band”.
They took advantage of solvency
According to the research of the PDI, One of the things that attracted the criminals was the knowledge that a large part of the Chilean citizenry had a certain economic solvency, since they had received money from different sources, such as withdrawals from the AFP (financial institutions that hold retirement money), as well as government handouts resulting from the pandemic. (IFE Universal).
Many Chileans wanted to invest that money, and that is where the scammers acted to deceive them, under the promise that they would receive a great return.
“We already have complaints in the region and it was massified nationally. They created a platform a place to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency to deceive people.” Paz said.
The victims, observing that their money increased, made more transfers to different accounts that the platform provided, but in the end they ended up losing everything they had invested.
More of the fakecoins
According to the information there are several fakecoins that have been entering the Chilean market. To refer to them, he makes use of the classification made by the website Fakecoins.org. There they divide the types of crypto scams by themes:
– Webcoins: are those that use websites that simulate investment portfolios.
– Celebricoins: are scams that use celebrities or well-known personalities on social networks, preferably to lure people to invest.
-Appcoins: are scams from applications that appear to be or impersonate cryptocurrency cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that use cryptographic technologies to secure their operation. investment wallets and seek to obtain victims’ bank details.
-Pyramicoins These are pyramid scams that offer big profits in cryptocurrencies that will increase if you get other people to join the service.
-Besucoins: scams where the criminal uses the apps to meet partners and after a period of getting to know each other will offer to invest in crypto.
-Mailcons Crypto scams: crypto scams in which you receive emails with messages to renew passwords and offer the possibility to get rich with cryptocurrencies.
If you are a victim of a scam a scheme that is designed to dupe people out of cash or crypto. you can report it at fakecoins.org or you can go to the PDI or the public prosecutor’s office.
So also from the PDI remember that anyone who has money to invest, is well advised with a bank executive or people you trust, but never look for information on the Internet or search engines like Google, “because the first thing that will appear are subjects who want to steal your money,” concludes Carlos Paz.
Campaign Fakecoins in Chile and other countries
Last month we told you how several countries in Latin America and Europe have been united against crypto scams through a communication and awareness-raising campaign launched by the European Union’s Programme for the Prevention of Cybercrime and the CibEL@ network a network refers to all nodes in the operation of a blockchain at any given moment in time. against cybercrime.
The initiative was presented on March 30 at an event in Madrid and Santiago, in addition to a live connection with the other participating countries and institutions.
Asimismo, el medio La Tercera contó que personal de la Metropolitan Money Laundering Investigation Brigade (Brilac) of the Investigative Police. obtained an international certification for platform managementReactor, de Chainalysis used by the FBI and DEA in cases involving cryptocurrencies.
This certification will allow the PDI to incorporate new tools for crypto investigations, but, above all, to strengthen international cooperation in these matters.
“Having officers certified in this type of analysis tools opens a door to investigations where, particularly, investments in cryptocurrencies, cryptoassets, or virtual currencies are appreciated. Not only to identify them, but also to track them in drug trafficking crimes, fraud and money laundering itself”, said the head of Brilac, subprefect Johnny Fica.
The invitation received through the U.S. Embassy in Chile is also aimed at joining the Latin American Cryptocurrency Working Group, a community that seeks to address a place where cryptocurrency can be sent to and from, in the form of a string of letters and numbers. the use of virtual assets by criminal and terrorist organizations. La Tercera.
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