NI entrepreneur James Blake victim of ‘Bitcoin identity scam’


A Northern Ireland entrepreneur has told how he has fallen victim to online con artists who have stolen his identity as part of a Bitcoin scam.

James Blake’s life has been made a living hell by Chinese criminals who have stolen his details to create hundreds of fake online profiles used to cheat people out of thousands of pounds in Bitcoin scams.

The 28-year-old, whose company operates in Belfast and Liverpool, says the profiles are all over social media on sites including Tinder, Instagram, Facebook and Quora – even on dating sites he has never heard of.

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One fake profile on WhatsApp even sent a victim a photograph of a counterfeit passport containing James’s personal details.

But only Tinder has acted to clamp down on the cons – all the other websites have refused to do anything. He even contacted the PSNI, who said they were powerless to…

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