Ben Perrin, a Bitcoin enthusiast runs a YouTube educational channel dedicated to informing the masses about cryptocurrencies, has managed to beat scammers at his own game and donated the proceeds to Bitcoin Venezuela , a platform that helps Venezuelans to Buy groceries.
Perrin defeats the Bitcoin thief
As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies continue to increase their value and use , scammers continue to advance their “crypto-thieves” skills and expand their networks to online and offline channels to defraud others.
However, in the latest development, Ben Perrin, a bitcoin enthusiast and marketing director of a bitcoin trading center that also runs a YouTube educational channel and teaches the public about blockchain-based digital assets, has shown Be too attractive to scammers.
Specifically, an unnamed scammer sent a message to Perrin through Instagram, offering to double every bitcoin he sends to his wallet every 24 hours.
The scammer said:
«IT IS A BITCOIN MINING INVESTMENT PLATFORM FOR INVESTORS INTERESTED IN STARTING THEIR OWN BITCOIN MINING BUSINESS, BUT THEY CANNOT DO IT BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO GO THROUGH THE DIFFICULTIES AND STRESS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CREATION OF A BITCOIN MINING COMPANY» .
The scammer promised Perrin that the proceeds from the false mining crypto scheme would be sent to his bitcoin wallet automatically daily.
Perrin plays along
Instead of ignoring the scammer, Perrin decided to follow the game, pretending to be a crypto rookie interested in his quick scheme to get rich.
He reportedly sent a false statement of bitcoin wallet to the scammers and lied to them, since another investment team had previously contacted him with a more juicy offer, but he needed to make sure the scheme was real.
“I told them that I would gladly invest $ 20,000 with them if they simply sent me $ 100 back, then I could return them, just to make sure the project was legitimate,” Perrin said.
Interestingly, the scammer fell into Perrin’s trap and sent him $ 50 instead of the $ 100 requested.
Unfortunately for the scammer once Perrin obtained the funds, he quickly made it clear to the scammer that he was aware of his plot and was having fun.
Then he donated the $ 50 to Bitcoin Venezuela
Commenting on the matter, Sgt. Matt Frederiksen, of the Calgary police economic crimes unit, reiterated that although Perrin may have managed to defraud the scammer, the police do not encourage members of the public to participate in such an act, since That could be something dangerous to do.
Frederiksen also revealed that there have been 21 cases of fraud through crypto payments worth $ 1 million in the region in 2019 alone.