Tehran Information Exchange Police announced the arrest of a criminal who, by promising to complete the authentication process in foreign digital currency exchanges, deceived users and emptied their account balances. Tehran FATA Police Chief said that most of the users’ problems are only due to people being unfamiliar with digital currencies and not following the security tips related to it.
According to the report of Digital Currency and quoting the information base of FATA police, Colonel Davood Moazami Goodarzi stated:
The issue was placed on the agenda of the capital’s FATA police when a citizen approached the police about a scam called digital currency account authentication.
The official noted:
The plaintiff stated in his statement that due to the fact that my account, in which I had the equivalent of 30 billion Rials of digital currency, had a problem, I searched in cyberspace and came up with a site that advises on passwords of different currencies and solves profile login problems. And I got acquainted with the authentication of Iranian users working in foreign exchange offices.
Colonel Goodarzi stated:
The plaintiff further explained that considering that the site in question also had an electronic trust symbol, without ensuring the authenticity of the trust symbol and the identity of its managers, in order to solve the problem of their account, they provided all their details and identity documents along with their email, username and password. I sent and deposited a fee for the fee, but after two days, they called me from this site and acknowledged that it was not possible to authenticate my account. Finally, after further investigation, I realized that my username and password had changed. And all the digital currencies inside that account have been stolen.
The capital’s FATA police chief stated:
By searching for criminal digital clues and using new methods of detecting cybercrime, and despite the use of concealment methods, while verifying the real identity of the accused and his criminal method, the police operational team took the criminal to a hiding place in one of the neighborhoods. North of Greater Tehran was arrested and transferred to the FATA police with smart equipment.
The cyber official noted that more than 50 people have been identified as losers so far, and that investigations are ongoing to identify all the suspects and uncover the hidden angles of the case.
After being transferred to the FATA police and confronted with the digital evidence collected by the police, the defendant pleaded guilty and stated that he had set up a digital currency user account authentication site, a reputable foreign exchange, and inserted a fake e-trust symbol to gain clients’ trust. I received confidential information and identity documents of people and after stealing all the digital currencies in their accounts, I also made their accounts inaccessible.
Emphasizing the use of a unique email and strong passwords for wallets and digital currency accounts, Colonel Goodarzi added:
Most of the problems of users are only due to the unfamiliarity of people with this issue and as a result of not following the security tips related to it. If people do not pay attention to the security settings of their wallets and do not keep their private and public passwords properly, they will face serious security risks and may lose their funds.
Greater Tehran FATA Police Chief advised citizens:
Do not trust identities in cyberspace in any way and do not give their confidential information such as identity information, email, username and password of digital user accounts, etc. to anonymous people in any way and take the advice of FATA police seriously and always Beware of the tricks of fraudsters and profiteers and if you see any suspicious cases, report the matter through the official website of FATA Police at www.cyberpolice.ir.