According to a Chilean media report, the PDI investigates scams with fakecoins or false cryptocurrencies in Chile.
The Chilean Investigative Police, PDI, He 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, such as Biobio.
reported that the POI maintains an ongoing investigation in the Coquimbo region and at the national level, due to the appearance of various reports of fraud crimes using false cryptocurrencies or fakecoins in Chile.
According to information from the local press, it would be an international gang that deceived many people who wanted to invest in crypto, with amounts ranging from $4 million pesos (around USD $4,600) to $60 million pesos. (more than USD $70 thousand).
The boss of the Brigade of Economic Crimes of La Serena, Carlos Paz said that first a complaint was received that served to make a comparison with other regions. There they realized that the crime was repeated in different cities with similar characteristics.
“We are in the advanced investigation stage and it has been established that those affected are contacted by foreign numbers, in addition to this the fact that those who call them are individuals who seem to have a hard time speaking in Spanish and the IPs they use are foreign,” detailed and added:
“It is presumed that it is an international gang that, taking advantage of the Chilean economy, attacked the country. We are in progress to establish the most affected and the modus operandi to individualize the band “
They took advantage of solvency
According to research from the POI, One of the things that attracted the criminals was knowing that a large part of Chilean citizens had a certain economic solvency, since they had received money from different sources, such as withdrawals from the AFP (financial institutions that withhold retirement money), as well as aid deliveries made by the government as a result of the pandemic (IFEUniversal).
Many Chileans wanted to invest that money, and that’s 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 spread nationwide. They created a platform to fool people.”Peace indicated.
The victims, observing that their money increased, made more transfers to different accounts that the platform delivered, but in the end they ended up losing everything they had invested.
More of the fakecoins
According to information, there are several fakecoins that have been entering the Chilean market. To refer to them, it uses the classification made by the Fakecoins.org website. There they divide the types of crypto scams by topic:
–Webcoins: are those that use web pages that simulate investment portfolios.
–Celebricoins: They are the scams that use celebrities or well-known characters on social networks, preferably to attract the population to invest.
-Appcoins: They are scams from applications that appear to be or impersonate cryptocurrency investment portfolios and that seek to obtain bank details of the victims.
-Pyramicoins: They are pyramid scams that offer huge profits in cryptocurrencies and that will increase if you get other people to join the service.
-Kesucoins: scams in which the criminal uses the applications to meet couples and after a period of getting to know each other, he will offer to invest in crypto.
-Mailcons: They are crypto scams in which emails are received with messages to renew passwords and offer the possibility of getting rich with cryptocurrencies.
If you are a victim of a scam, you can report it at fakecoins.org or you can go to the PDI or prosecutor’s office.
Likewise, from the PDI they remind that whoever has money to invest, get good advice from a bank executive or with people they 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 steal their money”, concludes Carlos Paz.
Campaign fakecoins in Chile and other countries
We already told last month how several countries in Latin America and Europe came together against crypto scams, through a communication and awareness campaign launched by the European Union program EL PAcCTO and the network against Cybercrime [email protected]
The initiative was presented on March 30 at an event based in Madrid and Santiago, in addition to a direct connection with the other participating countries and institutions.
Likewise, the newspaper La Tercera reported that personnel from the Metropolitan Investigative Brigade for Money Laundering (Brilac) of the Investigative Police obtained an international certification for platform management Reactorfrom chain analysiswhich is used by the FBI and DEA in cases involving cryptocurrencies.
This certification will allow the PDI to incorporate new tools for investigations into crypto, but, above all, to strengthen international cooperation in these matters.
“Having certified officers in this type of analysis tools opens a door to investigations where, particularly, investments in cryptocurrencies, cryptoactives, or virtual currencies are appreciated. Not only to identify them but also to follow the trail of drug trafficking crimes, fraud and money laundering as such”, highlighted the head of the Brilac, sub-prefect Johnny Fica.
The invitation received through the United States Embassy in Chile also has the purpose of joining the Latin American Cryptocurrency Working Group, a community that seeks to deal with the use of virtual assets by criminal and terrorist organizations. Third.
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