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In Paris, an investigation into a cryptocurrency scam, which is estimated at 4 million euros, has begun.

On his Youtube channel, he called himself Crypto Gouv. This Internet user, suspected of being involved in a scam estimated at 4 million euros, has never revealed his real identity. In a few months, he managed to gather a community of 4,000 people with whom he exchanged messages daily in the Telegram and Discord messengers. He shared tutorials, especially on investing in cryptocurrencies. The start of a scam that seems to have been carefully orchestrated.

return on investment promises

Gradually, Crypto Gouv will offer Internet users the opportunity to gather in groups (“pools”) for joint investment. It promises a very tempting return on investment and many follow it. “Investors placed one hundred euros, others – several tens of thousands of euros,” Me Asta-Vola clarifies, “in a very short time, Crypto Gov created many groups and investment projects.” So much so that some members of the community became suspicious. But it’s too late.

On July 9, Crypto Gouv publicly announced on their regular discussion channels that they were leaving with funds. “It’s like you trust a financial investment advisor with an amount and they just walk away with your money,” explains Me Asta-Vola. As a provocation, Crypto Gouv has published the ultimate tutorial in which he details the underside of the scam. He himself clarifies the sentence imposed: five years in prison. As France Inter was told in the Paris prosecutor’s office, the investigation, launched in mid-July, was entrusted to the gendarmes of the capital’s investigation department. The damage is estimated at 4 million euros, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Cryptocurrencies, fertile ground for fraud

Since then, calls for vigilance from Internet users have increased in the cryptocurrency investor community. A self-help chat for potential victims of the Crypto Gov scam has also been created on the Discord app.

“There is a mass public that is interested in these practices. Some attackers inevitably see this as an opportunity. This type of fraud is on the rise,” warns Jeremy Asta-Vola. The lawyer advises those tempted by cryptocurrencies to invest only the money that can be lost, be well informed and never give out their private keys of a portfolio of assets.

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