The Observer: Crypto scammers prefer to register companies in the UK

According to a joint study by The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, crypto scammers register companies in the UK in order to appear more solid to the victims.

The British publication The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have published a joint study, according to which there are at least 168 companies in the United Kingdom accused of fraud with digital assets or foreign currency.. These companies have chosen the UK because the country does not have a developed legal framework that can resist them.

The investigation argues that the actual number of such organizations is likely to be much higher – journalists studied only lists of suspected front companies and compared them with reports of fraud on the Internet.

It is noteworthy that more than half of the detected companies mainly use the “butchering pigs” scheme, when the attacker ingratiates himself with the victim and convinces him to withdraw or invest his assets in the platform he manages.. He does not hide immediately, but over a long period tries to extract as much money from the victim as possible.

Victims are most often searched for on social media or dating sites such as Tinder, report says.. At the same time, many of those deceived claim that registration in the UK gives solidity, and if firms were registered elsewhere, they would treat them with less confidence.. At the same time, registering a company in England costs only 12 pounds ($15) and does not require any identification.

Previously, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confiscated 151 BTC from scammers who posed as government employees and forced older people to transfer money to them.