ICIA Cybercrime Investigation Alert!
ARE YOU Involved With A Fraudster?
International Cybercrime Investigation Agency Takes a Look at 20 Red Flag Signs of Fraud
Scammers are Stealing Billions of Dollars Per Week
Fraudsters are invading social media groups at alarming rates with promises of making big profits by getting you to invest your Bitcoins or Cryptocurrency or showing how to invest in bogus Ponzi schemes.
Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin is the first choice of payments by criminals.
Now these criminals have evolved and cryptocurrency is easier and is making criminals powerfully rich. Most victims will not report these crimes.
Victims are told to invest a small amount that will increase X5 or even X20 overnight!, but the second they ask for the profits, the victim is asked to keep investing or the balance will be lost, subjecting the victim to a profit ransom and inflicting victims to a very stressful and upsetting time.
Many of the scammers meet victims on dating apps, so beware of those!
Investment Bots or EAs
Automated investment software is being used by scammers called ‘Expert Advisors’ or EAs. These have been shown to be loss makers and there has been no record of anyone being paid back any investments. These investment scams require the victim to download EA software onto a device. Downloading any software program can be hazardous to devices unless it is from a reliable source.
A suspicious investment website could contain malicious coding to steal passwords or even lock your device with ransomware. Consult a professional investment advisor, if you can find one. Beware of the Ponzi schemes.
Online Dating Security
Meeting people online is easier than ever, but it is also easy to make a fake a profile. Suspicious profiles must be reported to the dating app admin immediately.
Since early 2020, the pandemic forced people around the world to isolate. More people are now online than ever. Forecasts show that 2021 there will be 33.6 million dating app users in the US alone.
Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in. They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad.
Did you meet a person on the internet? On a dating or social website, and now you are in an online relationship? Do they claim to be in the military and deployed overseas? in some foreign land with a large government contract? No doubt, a romance scam red flag! They quickly ask you to chat with them on another messenger platform for a private conversation to recommend a fantastic investment proposal.
Sweet Talking Fraudsters
Scammers take advantage of people and pretend to be prospective companions. They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details and will go to great lengths to gain your interest and trust, such as showering you with loving words, sharing ‘personal information’ and even sending you gifts. Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a messenger app.
20 Red Flags You are Dealing with a Fraudster
1. Offers of unrealistic returns on investment.
2. Demands strict secrecy from you.
3. Victims meet on a dating app and offer a fantastic investment plan.
4. Poor grammar or misspellings in communication.
5. Victim may get a fast payment for doing nothing, just to built trust.
6. Payments offered in amounts higher than listed price.
7. Requests payment via gift cards, wire transfers, or virtual currency.
8. Creates a sense of urgency or deadline to pay quickly or pay a penalty or even lose everything invested.
9. Requests to access your personal bank account to pay you for a service.
10. Unsolicited emails with links or attachments.
11. Email addresses disguised to seem legitimate. Cloned emails.
12. Unsolicited emails, texts, etc., requesting you confirm usernames and/or passwords. (Phishing)
13. Requests to move to a new platform to communicate, such as Telegram etc.
14. Requests money for a flight to visit you or an operation for a relative.
15. Reluctant to video chat with the victim.
16. Payments sent to multiple different banks.
17. Payment process has changed recently.
18. Victim is asked to send intimate photos.
19. Victim is asked to pay a fee for a job interview.
20. Fraudster always calls the fraudster, fraudster never answers their phone.
International Cybercrime Investigation Agency Can Help
Did you or your friends lose money and wish to know the facts about your case? In most cases, cross border investigation is needed. Time to call our international team!
International Cybercrime Investigation Agency is a private company using the Track & Trace licensed system to get you the answers fast.
ICIA Cybercrime Investigation team is HERE