The FBI is asking investors to assist in the investigation of the financial pyramid BitConnect. It was one of the most talked about investment schemes of the recent Bull-market of 2017. Eventually, it led investors to lose billions when the company exit-scammed in January 2018.
The financial pyramid that collapsed
According to the FBI, BitConnect Coin launched in 2016. One year after the ICO was in progress, the cryptocurrency value was over $2.5 billion. Also, the law enforcers report that BitConnect guaranteed investors up to 10% return of their investments, on a month-to-month basis.
In January 2018, the BitConnect Coin market collapsed. Regulators sent letters to investors warning of participation in the project, stating that it was a financial pyramid. Soon the company stopped operating, and investors remained in the hands of a “virtually useless” cryptocurrency.
One of the BitConnect promoters is already behind bars
By previous reports, one of the main BitConnect promoters – Divyesh Darji, is already behind bars in the city Gujarat. As he was returning from Dubai, the Gujarat Criminal Investigation Department arrested him.
“Darji was living in Dubai. He was under a look-out circular. The Immigration Department alerted us when he was on the way from Dubai to Ahmedabad, after which he was arrested today evening. The company came into existence in 2016, and in 2017, it launched the BitConnect coin. It remained active till January this year […] The accused held seminars, events in India and other countries promising high interest — daily interest rate of 1 percent — on investment in BitConnect coins. The cost of one BitConnect coin on January 16, 2018, when the company shut down, was $362”, said the inspector P G Narwade of Criminal Investigation Department (CID-Crime) of Gujarat police.
Fill out a brief questionnaire if you suffered from BCC
However, the law enforcers did not simply establish contacts with investors who became victims of the scheme. According to FBI estimates, investors lost a total of between $2.5 and $3.5 billion. The Specialist Service appealed to citizens with a request for assistance in investigations:
“If you invested in BitConnect, please complete this brief questionnaire. Your responses are voluntary but would be useful in the federal assessment of this matter and to identify you as a BCC investor and/or potential victim. Based on the responses provided, you may be contacted by the FBI and asked to provide additional information.”.
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