Two Canadians of Indian descent were charged in the United States with a $ 233,220 scam related to the use of a counterfeit HitBTC account on Twitter.
Fraudsters claim to be HitBTC's customer service on Twitter
Karanjit Singh Khatkar, 23, and Jagroop Singh Khatkar, 24, from Surrey, BC, allegedly stole 23.2 bitcoins from a woman in the state of Oregon. The Indian news agency The Week, August 23, reported the above, citing the indictment of the Tribunal.
According to the report, the defendants used a fake Twitter account, @HitBTCAssist, to fool the victims they represented for the Hong Kong-based HitBTC cryptographic exchange from October 2017 to August 2018.
Using the counterfeit HitBTC account, the alleged fraudsters would have persuaded the woman to give her identification information, which allowed the fraudsters to resume their email accounts, HitBTC and Kraken.
Based on this information, the accused transferred more than 23 BTCs from the victim's HitBTC account to the Kraken Karanjits account, which in turn sent nearly 11.6 Bitcoins stolen from Kraken's Jagroop account, the report said.
At present, the two alleged criminals face various charges, including an agreement on transfer fraud and money laundering, five bank wire fraud, triple identity fraud and multiple money laundering. money.
While Karanjit was reportedly arrested on arrival at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas in July 2019, Jagroop is still on the run.
Earlier this month, the global supplier of crypto-extraction hardware, Bitmain, accused a crypto project of mistakenly identifying the name of a product. The project falsely promoted the slogan "Bitmain Cloud Miner".