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FBI Seizes Nearly $2M In Cryptocurrency Within Three Months

A public document released by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) states that the investigating agency seized approximately $1.7 million worth of digital assets from March to May.
According to the document, the FBI captured $147,000 in Bitcoin (bitcoin), 800,000 Dollars Ether (ETH), $307,000 in Tether (USDT), $469,000 in Dai (COME ON) and $20,000 in Monero (XMR extension). Assets were confiscated from various sources, Including wallets on the Binance exchange.

Excerpt from the FBI file published on August 16, 2023. Source: FBI

The agency seized a total of 428.5 ETH, the largest amount ever seized in the Eastern District of Virginia. One of the ether seizures was worth about $463,000.
In the document, the FBI also noted that: asset seizures are the result of various violations of federal regulations. The FBI explained:

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reported that the assets listed below have been lost due to violations of federal law.”

In addition to cryptocurrencies, the FBI also listed the seizure of various items, including US dollars, sports cars, luxury bags, clothing and shoes from bank accounts.
Meanwhile, the FBI reminded the crypto community that: scammers yes they impersonate legitimate operators unmatched token industry (NFTs). On August 6, the FBI warned of hackers who prey on victims by creating a “sense of urgency” and redirecting them to fake websites that steal their assets. The FBI stated that criminals hacked official social media accounts or created new accounts similar to official ones to commit theft and fraud.
In addition to phishing scams and social media hacks, the FBI also earlier this year fake job postings in the crypto industry. On May 23, the agency noted that US citizens should be aware of fake job postings related to job smuggling, in which victims are forced to commit cryptocurrency investment scams.

Translation of Walter Rizzo

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