The FBI issued a warning to El Paso residents about a cryptocurrency scam that poses as an identity theft victim in order to con victims into providing cryptocurrency and other forms of payment.
A local investigation claims that the bitcoin scam sends letters to city residents that impersonate legitimate FBI requests. The letter attempts to convince readers that it was written by special agent John S. Morales, a legitimate FBI agent, by using a forgery of his signature.
The letter also includes capitalized language like “UNCLASSIFED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY” and the address of an actual FBI branch in El Paso to increase its authenticity.
The notification notifies the reader that “You have successfully secured your Bank of America account that was under suspicion of US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL.” After providing a fake confirmation number, it tells the user to “contact your investigation officer for further assistance.”
When a victim calls this phony number, scammers will instruct them to deposit money using fiat currency or cryptocurrency on a fictitious website they control. Authorities learned of the deception last week after an El Paso resident sent the FBI branch a copy of the letter.
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