Canadian police departments have issued a public warning about a possible trend to rob investors of high-value cryptocurrencies in their own homes.
On July 19, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Richmond, a city south of Vancouver, said that there have been several similar robberies involving cryptocurrency investors over the past 12 months.
Staff Sergeant Jean Hsieh of the Richmond RCMP Major Crimes Unit said someone was “targeting these victims for cryptocurrency” and believed a public warning was necessary for public safety.
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Police are issuing warnings to high-value cryptocurrency investors after a spate of home invasion-style robberies.
— Delta Police (@deltapolice) 19 July 2023
The RCMP did not release specific details about the incidents, but reported in any case that the perpetrator had introduced himself as a delivery boy before robbing the victim.
“The suspects gain access to the victim’s home by posing as a delivery driver or authority figure. Once inside, the suspects rob victims of information that grants them access to their cryptocurrency accounts.
Staff Sergeant Jill Long of Delta Police Investigative Services said the suspects knew the victims had “heavily” invested in cryptocurrency, as well as where they lived.
Police confirmed they had made one arrest, but did not confirm whether there was a connection between the multiple incidents. It did not provide specific details about the incident or how much cryptocurrency was stolen, as the investigation is still ongoing.
To prevent home robbery, the department recommended not allowing strangers or delivery people – whether legitimate or not – into the home and instead asking them to leave the delivery outside.
When in doubt, the delivery company should be called to confirm the identity of the person, and the authorities should be called if danger is or is imminent.
Police advised that valuables and financial information should be kept in a safe place in the home, such as a safety deposit box.
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In general, the police recommend discussing financial matters only in private – not on social media – and only with trusted people.
In March, Canada’s self-proclaimed “crypto king” — Eden Platersky — was allegedly kidnapped, falsely imprisoned, and assaulted by five men under the guise of Platersky’s apparent cryptocurrency scheme. had come
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a man who allegedly invested $560,000 ($740,000 Canadian) in the scheme was charged with kidnapping Platersky on July 17.
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