Australian shoppers misplaced greater than $2.1 million to cryptocurrency scams in 2017, the nation’s Competitors and Client Fee says.
The Fee introduced the findings Monday in an annual scams report, additionally noting that the rise in crypto-related scams corresponded with a rise in coin costs via 2017. Of the greater than $2 million misplaced in 2017, scams price shoppers roughly $100,000 per thirty days between January and September, the report stated. Nevertheless in December – when bitcoin’s value skyrocketed to almost $20,000 – shoppers reported losses exceeding $700,000, the Fee stated.
The report indicated that pretend ICOs, crypto-related pyramid schemes and ransomware funds have been widespread technique of swindling shoppers.
The Fee stated it expects crypto-related fraud to proceed, noting, “as with different scams, that is seemingly the very tip of the iceberg.”
That being stated, the report famous, Australians normally misplaced greater than $340 million in scams general, with $64 million being misplaced to funding scams particularly final 12 months.
Stepping again, the report highlights one occasion of an epidemic of scams that spans the globe.
As beforehand reported by CoinDesk, simply seven outstanding scams, hacks and assaults in 2017 resulted within the lack of round $490 million of shopper funds. Likewise, the Wall Avenue Journal lately reported that of the 1,450 ICOs it reviewed, 271 had “crimson flags that embody plagiarized investor paperwork, guarantees of assured returns and lacking or pretend government groups.”
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