Haryana Police arrest 4 in over 1.5 million cryptocurrency fraud | Chandigarh News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: In a well-coordinated operation in opposition to the cryptocurrency fraud, Haryana police arrested 4 fraudsters together with the mastermind for duping individuals within the identify of on-line enterprise involving bitcoin transactions.
Disclosing this, Manoj Yadava, DGP Haryana, mentioned that to commit fraud, mastermind and his associates used the identify of Binance, a multi-national cryptocurrency change primarily based out of China, with an intention to cheat gullible individuals on the pretext of providing them large returns in the event that they make investments cash on-line for bitcoin enterprise.
He knowledgeable that the difficulty got here to mild when one Pravesh, a resident of Sector-23, Sonipat filed a grievance with the Police that he was cheated by Harinder Chahal, a resident of village Madha close to Hansi.
Based on his grievance, a case was registered in Cyber Police Station, Panchkula beneath related sections of IPC and IT Act. Police with the assistance of cyber specialists began the investigation and it was revealed that the accused mastermind was not alone on this fraud; the truth is there are a number of others who had been entrusted the duty to lure gullible individuals to put money into bitcoin with a promise of big returns. In the continuing investigation 4 accused together with their mastermind have already been arrested.
The DGP knowledgeable that through the course of investigation, it was discovered {that a} man named John McAfee questioned Binance publicly on twitter with a attainable allegation of a hack. Binance replied to John McAfee on the identical day utilizing their official twitter deal with denying any risk of a hack and in addition revealed their ‘Bitcoin wallet address’ publicly for everybody to see and test.
Taking benefit, the arrested mastermind fraudulently created a Facebook account within the identify of Vikas Kumar and copied the official pockets deal with of the above-mentioned cryptocurrency change Binance. On October 1, 2019, the bitcoin holding of the pockets in query stood at 1871 bitcoins which amounted to round Rs 1,09,64,06,000. On October 1, 2019 he gave this blockchain deal with by means of Facebook messenger and Whatsapp messenger to the complainant, Pravesh Kumar.
The mastermind Harinder Chahal also referred to as Sonu Chahal duped the complainant Pravesh Kumar of Rs 15,50,000 by fraudulently displaying bitcoins in his pockets which in actuality belonged to the crypto-currency change Binance. The complainant believed within the accused as 1871 bitcoins existed within the pockets (which belonged to Binance and to not Harinder Chahal) on the time of the incident and therefore obtained duped of his cash.
During the course of investigation, it was additionally revealed that in actuality Harinder Chahal has been present in possession of many crypto-currency wallets however none of them had any precise bitcoins or any type of crypto-currency. The wallets held non-spendable (dummy) bitcoins which had been used fraudulently to trick victims into believing that the accused was in possession of bitcoins which in actuality didn’t exist.


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