- Bitcoin thieves sent a WhatsApp message to the Yeomans’ after duping them of $30k
- The fake bitcoin project named Coinexx.org, claimed to help clients manage their forex and crypto investments
- Mr. Yeomans initially received $2,600 return on his $948 investment in the scam scheme before getting duped
In a first of its kind occurrence, Canberra, Australia-based couple, Nick and Josie Yeomans, who fell victim to a bitcoin scam scheme that milked them of $30,000, received a WhatsApp message from the perpetrators of the crime, informing them that they’d been duped, reports Hard Fork on July 4, 2019.
Coinexx.org Dupes the Yeomans
While most fake cryptocurrency investment schemes hardly inform their victims that they’ve been conned, Coinnexx.org, a fraudulent project that claimed to help clients invest in forex and bitcoin trading, has introduced a new trend in the scam game.
Per sources close to the matter, Nick and Josie Yeomans, an Australia-based couple who invested $30,000 in a fraudulent bitcoin project organized by coinexx.org, received a WhatsApp message from the bad actors telling them that the whole thing was a scam scheme and that they shouldn’t bother about trying to recover the funds.
Playing the Long Game
Interestingly, Mr Yeomans has said that right from the time he got introduced to Coinexx.org through a Facebook group, he had a feeling that it was another scam bitcoin investment scheme, however, he decided to give it a try nonetheless.
The victim says he initially pumped in $984 into the scheme and after just six months Coinexx.org produced a $2,600 return.
Spurred by the promising outlook of Coinnex.org, Mr Yeomans decided to dump his day job and he and his wife focused on their Coinexx.org investment.
However, the excitement didn’t last for long, as the Yeomans soon found out they could no longer access their funds on the platform and the Coinexx team started asking them to pay extra fees to regain access to their money.
Desperate to have access to their mouth-watering earnings again, the couple reportedly invested their savings, secured loans and even sold their personal belongings, yet their efforts proved futile.
“Everything and everyone involved is the same. Don’t bother about trying to get your money. Adam, Claudia and even the customer service is a scam,” declared the rogue actors.
After sending the Yeomans the WhatsApp message the fraudsters promptly blocked all communication lines, leaving the Yeomans to cry their eyes out.
As bitcoin and other digital assets keep growing in value and use cases, bad actors keep devising new virtual currency-based scams aimed at defrauding unsuspecting victims of their hard earned money.
According to Hard Fork, Australians lost a whopping $4.3 million to “cryptothieves” in 2018 alone.