New crypto scam targets victims through online dating apps

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A new scam, known as ‘pig butchering’ is targeting people online with victims persuaded to invest in fake cryptocurrency schemes.

The scam combines romance fraud with crypto cons as victims are promised a “happily ever after” and big crypto wins.

In reality, they are left financially and emotionally devastated.

The cybercriminals operating this long con spend months gaining online daters’ trust, using romance and the lure of fast crypto returns to swindle victims out of their savings.

This can cause irreparable financial harm, on top of lasting emotional and psychological trauma.

i spoke to Jane Lee, a researcher at Sift, an online fraud prevention firm, to find out more about how the scams operate.

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