Avoid Cryptocurrency Criminals Online And In Real Life
Cryptocurrencies have gotten the attention of hackers and cyber criminals from around the world.
In the digital world, cryptocurrencies are somewhat like the gold rush days in the early history of this country. One had to be very careful about who they told if they found gold. Ill intentioned people were all to ready to take one’s hard-earned treasure away at gunpoint. If you have ventured into this wild world, you must take precautions to protect yourself and your investment.
First Prepare For The Worst Case Scenario
One of the most important protective measures is to make sure you designate someone to inherit your crypto-coins in the event of your death. That means having all of your information to access your wallets written down and in a safe place. And to make sure that information is in a will.
Avoid Meeting Sellers Or Buyers Face-To-Face
However, there are also more imminent real life concerns. If you advertise that you are interested in either buying or selling cryptocurrencies and someone asks you to meet them in person, don’t take this as a good sign. I recently read about two instances where sellers were held at gunpoint. According to the report, “The victim was to meet with a Bitcoin seller whom he contacted through Craigslist in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Upon meeting the “seller”, a gun was pointed at him and the “seller” demanded $1,100 worth of Bitcoin to be transferred to his Bitcoin wallet.
Hackers are busy in the cyber world and they are sophisticated. In fact, all they seem to need are phone numbers. This was reported in the same article. “On August 2016, there was massive case of a Bitcoin hacking wherein a hacker used phone numbers of random people in order to steal Bitcoins from the market as reported on Forbes.” And, while the article states, “Such cases alerted the crypto-currency platforms to boost up their security,” it hardly makes one feel that their investments are safe.
No One Is Immune Not Even Crypto-currency Industry Players
Cyber-currency criminals are hijacking phone numbers and are then able to get all the personal information they need to completely steal identities, change passwords on bank and other financial institution accounts and even email accounts. They re-route everything to their phones using your number! The accounts are none the wiser.
Everyone is at risk in this wild, wild cyber world. This is made clear in a Forbes.com article stating, “A spate of recent hackings of high-profile crypto-currency industry players such as venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, C-level executives and others who have had their phone numbers hijacked, some of whom have also suffered financial losses, several of whom have been threatened or ransomed, and one of whom was put in physical danger.”
Be Hush-Hush About Your Crypto-currency
While many people are excited to be invested in cryptocurrencies and brag about how much its value is skyrocketing, that kind of talk tends to invite trouble. Select a trusted individual to safeguard your information. That could be your attorney, a relative or trusted friend. And, once again, make sure you make provisions in the event of sudden or unexpected incapacitation or death.
If you have cryptocurrencies and want to protect those assets and make sure your loved ones can gain access when necessary, call The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm for a consultation.