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Crypto Scammers In Jail Beg To Be Released To Avoid Coronavirus

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Crypto scammers held in jails demand to be released from prison because they are afraid they will catch the new Coronavirus or COVID-19 that is spreading fast around the globe. As the state of New Jersey aims to prevent a new wave of invections during the lockdown, the crypto scammers in jail, beg the courts to release them and to avoid infections as we are reading in the following crypto news.

Two men that were accused of scamming investors out of more than $722 million through a Ponzi scheme, were found begging the New Jersey federal court to allow them a temporary release during the coronavirus outbreak. Jobadiah Sinclair and Matthew Brent filed multiple motions over the past four days citing concerns about their health during the COVID19 pandemic. According to the news, their attorneys claim that the Essex County Correctional Facility has ‘’exceptionally poor record of maintaining detainee health’’ and one of the attorneys even commented that:

‘’It is not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when’ the DOC has its own COVID-19 outbreak… Once the virus is introduced, it will be nearly impossible to stop its spread… The risk to Mr. Goettsche’s health and safety grows with each day that he remains incarcerated at the DOC.’’

Other attorneys cited the same claims. They say that this facility is being at risk mainly because of the many health and safety-related issues which includes leaks that cause molds on the walls and poorly maintained food equipment and even expired foods as well:

‘’Given the noted risks of illness through inadequate food service and environmental safety at the Essex County Correctional Facility, a swift outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility is virtually inevitable.’’

The attorneys even pointed out the fact that if they remain behind bars, they will not be able to meet with their legal counsel which would seriously endanger the clients from being able to prepare for their defense cases. The new guidelines include ‘’severe limitation’’ of attorney visits to the facility:

‘’This means we will only learn whether we can or cannot have a contact visit with Mr. Goettsche on site, upon physically appearing at the DOC.’’

Both crypto scammers now can meet with their attorneys in closed quarters to review electronic material in order to reduce the risk of infection. The correctional facility in question also considers a 23-hour lockdown to avoid the spread of the virus but one of the lawyers pointed out:

‘’Mr. Weeks cannot access this information electronically; he cannot participate in an online/virtual meeting with counsel… In short, continued detention of Mr. Weeks during this pandemic cripples his ability to participate in the development of his defense.’’

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US Court Postpones OneCoin Crypto Scam Sentencing

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The sentencing for the co-founder of the major crypto scam OneCoin has been postponed for a further three months by the US Court, as we can see in the crypto news updates today. On April 7, the New York Southern District Court approved a motion to adjourn the sentencing control date for Konstantin Ignatov, brother and accomplice of the OneCoin co-founder and current fugitive, Ruja Ignatova (known as the "Cryptoqueen"). Ignatov's sentencing date will now take place on July 8, 2020. It was originally set for April 8 but the new update shows a new data. As reported in our Bitcoin scams before, the US Court postpones the crypto scam - being one of the industry's most infamous exit scams. Founded in 2014, the Bulgaria-based firm remained fully operational until late November 2019, despite the ongoing criminal proceedings in the wake of the allegations that it had raised (with frauds) - totalling to 4 billion euro ($4.4 billion) in a Ponzi scheme. Following the arrest of Ignatov at the Los Angeles International Airport in March 2019, we could see how he pled guilty to participating in the multi-billion dollar fraud in fall 2019. He now faces up to 90 years in jail. Meanwhile, the Bitcoin scams news show that as the US Court postpones the OneCoin sentencing, the sister of Konstantin known as the "Cryptoqueen" is still on the run. However, Konstantin has served as a cooperating witness in the trial against Mark Scott, a lawyer who allegedly helped launder around $400 million via the scam. In a letter from April 6, the US government claimed that Ignatov's cooperation was "not yet complete" and with requesting adjournment, the government sought to unseal a series of documents. They also noted that the defence had consented to its application. As we reported before, Ignatov has previously testified that after his sister had fled, the security personnel that accompanied her told him that she had met with Russian speakers. According to one investigative journalist, Ignatova claims to have the support and protection of an unnamed "rich and powerful" Russian individual. However, the US Court ruled out many accomplices to Ignatova. Besides her brother, another individual named Mark Scott was found guilty of helping her launder the ill-gotten OneCoin funds via a wide network of fake companies, offshore bank accounts as well as sham investment schemes.
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QR Bitcoin Scammers Stole $45,000 In March

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One network of QR Bitcoin scammers using code generators has stolen more than $40,000 from Bitcoin (BTC) users in one month only, the latest cryptocurrencies news show. The network included at least nine fake Bitcoin-to-QR generators which have been spotted in recent weeks. The security researcher named Harry Denley first tweeted about this in the Bitcoin scam news, saying that he identified two domains related to the QR Bitcoin scammers which hosted fake code applications. Later on, the researcher identified seven other domains sharing the same interface. With it, he suggested that they are all created by the same developer. https://twitter.com/sniko_/status/1241364008927666178 As you may not know, the QR Bitcoin scammers work with a malicious program which promises users to convert their BTC address into a QR code, therefore claiming to eliminate the risk of the user losing their funds as a result of typos when entering or sharing their address. This service is offered by every popular block explorer and the most mobile wallet applications. However, the QR code generated by the programs is always the same address which diverts the victims' funds to the malicious program and its developers. The supposed QR generators correspond to five different wallets, absorbing more than seven BTC (likely from the apps' victims). The malicious website domains linked to the QR Bitcoin scammers include the following:
  • bitcoin-barcode-generator.com,
  • bitcoinaddresstoqrcode.com,
  • bitcoins-qr-code.com,
  • btc-to-qr.com,
  • create-bitcoin-qr-code.com,
  • free-bitcoin-qr-codes.com,
  • freebitcoinqrcodes.com,
  • qr-code-bitcoin.com, and
  • qrcodebtc.com.
These websites are all hosted by three different servers which collectively host around 450 other websites that appear sketchy in a way. The sites feature keywords related to coronavirus, Gmail and various other cryptocurrencies. Among the sites, there are also a couple of purported "Bitcoin transaction accelerators," which claim to speed up BTC transfers in exchange for a 0.001 BTC. The addresses associated with the supposed 'accelerators' have so far absorbed more than 17.6 BTC which is roughly $110,000 at press time. The QR Bitcoin scammers are kind of a new thing in the Bitcoin scam news. Recent scams have also impersonated the World Health Organization (WHO) in an attempt to siphon donations and took the form of apps purporting to track the spread of the coronavirus.
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How To Avoid The Dangerous Adobe Flash Malware Named “Shlayer”

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A recent investigation by the Kaspersky team focused on the Adobe Flash malware known as "Shlayer" outlining steps on how to avoid it. As you may know if you read our Bitcoin scam news before, the malware deploys an "Any Search" bar on a victim's computer through fake Adobe Flash updates and is the most popular Mac malware out there. Ars Technica is another company which came with a detailed breakdown of the investigation which is worth a read, but you should know the easy way to keep your Mac safe from this Shlayer malware and how to avoid it as well as other similar viruses. Simply put, the easiest way to learn how to avoid the dangerous Adobe Flash malware is the be smarter about what you are clicking on. Even though you can circumvent ads like these with an adblocking browser or content-blocking extension or an antivirus or anti-malware program, the best way to avoid them is common sense. The truth is, you should not rely on extra software to spot potential malware attacks masquerading as Flash Player updates, video plugins or pirated content at this point. The Adobe Flash malware "Shlayer" might be a few years old but the classic malware setup is using fake Flash Player downloads to install things you don't want. So, the obvious way is to learn how to avoid it. Besides, lash has been largely abandoned by web developers and will soon lose legacy support on Chrome and other browsers. That said, you should know how to avoid this malware but also avoid focusing on programs like these. There is absolutely no reason to install, update or use Flash Player to access online content in 2020 except for rare cases. But none of those exceptions includes watching illegal streams of sports events, leaked movies and more. And if you need to download Flash, you should get it directly from Adobe's official website. The Shlayer Adobe Flash malware made a lot of waves in the crypto news earlier this year for apparently affecting 1 in 10 Mac devices. Whether you are  trying to download the app for crypto-related purposes or not, you should always be 100% careful and know the risks.
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Chinese Exchange Fcoin Closes, Still Owes Users $125 Million

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The latest Bitcoin scam news show that scams can even come from an exchange. The simple example is the Chinese exchange Fcoin which recently revealed that it may not be able to pay the 7,000 to 13,000 in BTC (around $67 million to $125 million) that it owes its users. According to Zhang, the exchange has not been hacked and is not an exit scam. Still, evidence suggests that it might be exactly that. Zhang claims that the shutdown is a result of series of internal data errors and decisions which are too complicated to explain. As he said:
“This is a problem that is a little too complicated to be explained in a single sentence, the time span is also large, and the two story development lines are advancing and affecting each other at the same time, leading to the final outcome.”
The Chinese exchange Fcoin is now in the cryptonews. After its launch in May, the reported trading volumes became some of the biggest in the world overnight thanks to a new business model called "transaction mining." Later on, one Reddit user reported that this volume was actually fake - which is when the problems started. The exchange was later on described as a scam by many and the suspicions about its business model turned out true. There was no airdrop nor ICO at launch and the Chinese exchange Fcoin distributed 51% of its native tokens to users for reimbursing transaction fees. The CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, has publicly called FCoin a Ponzi scheme since the middle of 2018, commenting on Zhang's post in a tweet which read:
“I rarely called out anyone, with exceptions. On Chinese social media, I called FCoin a pyramid scheme in mid-2018. Their founder calls his own plan a "better invention than #Bitcoin". That did it for me. Who would say such a thing? About themselves? Except scammers.”
https://twitter.com/cz_binance/status/1229446449152348161 To this, Zhang replied saying that there have been some errors which the Chinese exchange FCoin detected - but did not explain why it failed to address such problems before it is too late.
‘With the deepening of the investigation, we found a large number of existing data problems of dividends and mining returns, and these problems have existed for many days. As a result, a large number of users have already been through operations such as buying and selling various currencies and withdrawing cash, causing the pollution of assets.”
The platform was suspended a few days ago by its own account for risk control, which caused a lot of speculation that the project was shutting down and the operators are vanishing. In the last few sentences on his blog post, however, Zhang said that he will do everything to give back the money to users via email personally - and compensate FCoin user losses with the profits he would make from other projects.
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