Guest Post: Atlas VPN Highlights That The Top Ten Most Successful Active Blockchain Scams Have Netted $13.7 Million To Date

As the popularity of cryptocurrencies grows, so does the number of blockchain scams. According to the data analyzed by the Atlas VPN team, the top ten most successful currently active blockchain scams have collected $13,692,245 to date.

Fake Bitcoin tumbler, called, is the biggest known active blockchain scam in terms of funds collected. Since December 2020, when it was first launched, it has received 167 payments totaling $2,527,229 (or $15,133 per transaction on average). The Bitcoin wallet address linked to the scam is 1CoiNMixqJdctqazGsTvDcAygqHPUvmRo8.

Next up, is the International Global Pay ( scam. It has earned $2,293,503 via 198 payments since November 2020 (or $11,583 per transaction on average). The Bitcoin address 19k5ey65q3g44GTG3ZaKYjPEkdSshq1vjg has been related to this scam.

The third spot in the list is occupied by malware linked to a fake wallet app. This type of scam launched in May 2021 attracted 372 payments that cost victims $1,879,764. On average, one payment was valued at around $5,053. The Bitcoin wallet address linked to this scam is bc1qrwhmhlrj63hetznl984d9zgvh5q428j28klrlt.

Other blockchain scams in the top five include ($1,353,257) and ($1,338,999).

Ruth Cizynski, the cybersecurity researcher and writer at Atlas VPN, shares her thoughts on the situation:

Due to their nature, blockchain projects remain profitable targets to cybercriminals. First of all, victims can be easily lured with get-rich-quick schemes promised by scammers. Secondly, fraudulent transactions cannot be easily traced or reversed as they may be in the traditional financial system.”

Fake investment scams have cost victims the most

Fraudsters use a variety of tactics to lure out money from naive victims. However, some scams are more successful than others.  

Fake investment scams have attracted the most funds out of all the active blockchain scams to date. Such schemes make up seven of the top 10 most successful currently ongoing blockchain frauds.  Fake investment scams have cost victims $8,231,598, accounting for 60% of the total amount of money lost to the top ten scams.

Malware scams were also highly profitable for fraudsters.  While only two malware scams made it to the most successful blockchain scam list, together, they have acquired $2,933,418 from their victims.

Third place goes to the aforementioned tumbler fraud, which cost victims $2,527,229 in total.

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