How an alleged Dogecoin scam in Turkey saw crypto investors lose €100 million

A scammer has allegedly managed to steal $119 million (€100 million) from investors in Turkey by promising large returns from Dogecoin mining, based on Turkish media.

Police recognized the net pseudonym “Turgut V”, who it believes is behind the scheme, based on native information channel TV100.

It is believed that Turgut and 11 associates managed to collect virtually 350 million Dogecoin valued at $119 million from 1,500 folks earlier than disappearing.

Turkish broadcaster NTV mentioned Turgut V satisfied investors, through Zoom calls and at in-person networking conferences at luxurious areas, to purchase Dogecoin and hand them over to take a position in mining know-how, promising large returns.

What have been the investors promised?

Reports mentioned investors have been advised they might see a 100 per cent return in 40 days.

One sufferer mentioned the system was working effectively for 3 months and early investors mentioned they’d acquired the returns as promised. But after the scheme peaked at 350 million Dogecoin in the fourth month, the funds have been mentioned to have disappeared.

They have been advised the Dogecoin they despatched would buy new gear to mine DOGE. Dogecoins are made by a system known as Proof of Work mining, the identical system utilized by Bitcoin. Proof of Work means miners are compensated with cash in trade for validating transactions and by fixing equations to construct the following block.

What is Dogecoin?

Dogecoin is at present the seventh largest cryptocurrency. Although it’s now one of the crucial helpful cryptos, it was initially created as a parody of Bitcoin.

Dogecoin, impressed by the favored ‘doge’ meme, was developed in 2013 by Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer, two software program engineers who labored for IBM and Adobe respectively.

Will the scammers be caught?

An investigation to seek out Turgut and the 11 associates is underway by the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in the Istanbul suburb of Küçükçekmece.

Turkish authorities have additionally issued an order to bar Turgut and his associate Gizem N. from leaving the nation.

The rise of cryptos in Turkey

Turkey has seen a growth in cryptocurrency buying and selling in the final 12 months, for the reason that fall of its lira foreign money and rising inflation.

Data from the US Chainalysis analysed by Reuters confirmed that between the beginning of February and March 24, buying and selling volumes in Turkey reached 218 billion lira (€22 billion).

But there has additionally been crypto-related fraud and scammers in motion.

In April, the Turkish cryptocurrency trade Thodex abruptly ended its operations and its chief government officer and founder Faruk Fatih Özer fled the nation amid allegations that a whole lot of tens of millions of {dollars} have been stolen. Dozens of suspects have been arrested however Özer’s whereabouts continues to be unknown. He is believed to carry practically 22 million Turkish lira (€2.2 million) on two native crypto exchanges.

In the identical month, 4 workers of the Vebitcoin trade have been arrested following allegations of fraud, a day after the trade mentioned it could finish its operations.

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