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Bitcoin Scammers Extort Bachelors With Blackmail — Over Non-Existent Wives

Residents of Washington D.C.’s upscale Chevy Chase neighborhood have been targeted by Bitcoin scammers claiming theyre poised to reveal “dark secrets” to the target’s wives. Despite the claims, there’s just one problem.


Most of the Chevy Chase neighborhood’s well-off residents would shudder at blackmail threats like this. but there’s just one problem. According to the Washington Post, targets of the D.C.-based blackmail campaign have revealed that they aren’t even married.

Bachelor Party

The targets of the latest Bitcoin 00 scam were able to avoid a poorly-crafted attempt at extortion. It seems bachelor status was their saving grace, as the scammers fell-flat of their goals. These eligible Chevy Chase residents remained keen enough to spot the scam. Others may not have been so lucky, and this is due in part to the large magnitude of targets the scammers hone in on, according to the Washington Post:

FBI Washington Field Office spokesman Andrew Ames says these scammers tend to flood high-income neighborhoods, trying to fool at least one person.

Most of the Chevy Chase neighborhood's well-off residents would shudder at blackmail threats like this. but there's just one problem.

Not the First, Not the Last

Reports show that the scamers targeted their victims through the postal service. One target, Jeffery Strohl,

[…] says he received a Nashville-postmarked letter from “GreySquare15” demanding a Bitcoin “confidentiality fee” worth $15,750. After his initial shock, he figured it was a scam. He posted about it on a community listserv to find he was far from the only Chevy Chase resident to receive such letters.

Lucky for guys-without-wives like Stohl, the scammer’s tactics came up short. Still, it is worth considering how those who are in wedlock may deal with the same kind of ransom attack.

Scams like this are plentiful. As Bitcoinist reported on Friday morning, the PGA Championship recently fell victim to a bitcoin ransomware attack linked to promotional material for the Tour.

From a wider perspective, these scamming attempts don’t just target sporting bodies and wealthy Washingtonians. They also prey on healthcare organizations like hospitals, as Bitcoinist reported last January.

While seemingly nobody is completely safe from this variety of attack, the unmarried residents of Chevy Chase can rest easy for another night.

What are your thoughts on wising up to potential scammers? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


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Cryptsy Has Moved Out of Their Building Unannounced, Nowhere to be Found

Source: bitcoin

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Bitcoinist has received exclusive news regarding Cryptsy that is related to the issues surrounding the cryptocurrency exchange as of late. According to a confirmed source, who wishes to remain anonymous, the company has moved out of the building that housed its headquarters. This move was unannounced, and was discovered accidentally when our source went to the building to visit the team. 

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Cryptsy’s Mysterious Disappearance

This news comes in the midst of Cryptsy customers experiencing difficulty withdrawing funds in recent days, with customers taking to social media to express their frustration. Additionally, around three days ago, the exchange halted its trading engine, and activity did not resume until the next day. These troubles prompted coverage from the Bitcoin media, and speculation from the community. Several threads popped up on the bitcoin subreddit concerning the withdrawal difficulties going on at Cryptsy, with people accusing the exchange of stealing their money. One post in particular went as far as to suggest a “collaborative lawsuit” against Cryptsy in hopes of retrieving lost funds:

Now, if Cryptsy is really going down, I think we’d better take action before it is too late. . .I have lost money to GAW miners and Hashprofit, so I hope we can get together and take a positive action towards Cryptsy, before it is too late.

Now, our anonymous source has informed us that Cryptsy has moved out of its building, without leaving any clue of where they might be. Our source went to the building yesterday to visit Vern, the Founder of Cryptsy. Upon arriving, he found the building to be empty, with no Cryptsy team members in sight. Our source contacted the building manager about the disappearance, and he informed our source that the company moved out a couple weeks ago. The building manager did not have any further information regarding Cryptsy’s whereabouts after the move.

Presently, there is no evidence to suggest that this unannounced move is connected to the withdrawal difficulties experienced by Cryptsy customers in recent days. Customers have been reporting difficulties withdrawing from the exchange for at least 25 days, but the major speculation on the state of Cryptsy did not begin until the company halted trading three days ago.

The following pictures show the building that used to house the Cryptsy headquarters, which is now empty. These pictures were sent to us by our source.

Bitcoinist will continue to investigate the situation and will provide updates as they become available.

What do you think about Cryptsy’s unannounced move? Let us know in the comments below!

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Cryptsy Has Moved Out of Their Building Unannounced, Nowhere to be Found

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