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NT residents alerted about crypto currency investment scams


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Police in the Northern Territory warn residents about cryptocurrency investment scams, claiming they are the largest financial harm source, with one resident losing nearly $5 million.

The largest source of financial harm to residents in the Northern Territory, according to police, is bitcoin investment fraud. One citizen lost about $5 million to one of these scams. A submission to a federal investigation on law enforcement's capacity to combat cybercrime disclosed the enormous loss. According to NT police, citizens of the territory have experienced "significant losses" that range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to $4.98 million lost by a single individual in 2022.

In recent years, banks, law enforcement, regulators, and social media companies have all struggled to combat the plague of investment scams. Scammers frequently utilize fictitious celebrity endorsements in news articles to market schemes that promise large returns but ultimately cause victims to lose a significant amount of money. Scams cost Australians a record $3.1 billion in 2022, compared to $2 billion in 2021. The most recent data available for 2023 indicates that $275 million in losses were reported to Scamwatch as a result of investment frauds.

Facebook's parent firm, Meta, is facing legal action from billionaire Andrew Forrest and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, who claim Meta hasn't done enough to stop scams. In an effort to prevent fraud, banks have implemented measures such as name matching for funds transferred to another account, halts on account transfers, and prohibitions on specific crypto currency exchanges.


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