Legal Help for Crypto Fraud and Sim Swap Scams

Please Note:

  • If your loss was due to clickbait or fraud, we cannot help.
  • We also cannot recover funds lost on exchanges outside of the US.
  • If an exchange is telling you that you need to make a tax payment and then they will release your funds, you are likely the victim of an unrecoverable fraud, and you should not make any tax payments or additional transfers to the thieves.

What To Do if You’re the Victim of a Cryptocurrency Fraud or Sim Swap Attacks

There is a prevalence of fraud in the growing cryptocurrency world. Investors should be careful in their transactions and communications. If your account is breached or your investment turns out to be fraudulent, you need a qualified Illinois lawyer that knows this evolving field.

As a former Financial Regulator for the State of Illinois, attorney Jordan Matyas at 1818 works with various financial institutions and clients. Jordan has expertise in resolving customer service disputes between customers and exchanges and trading platforms.


Learn More About Cryptocurrency Scams

Crypto like Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Dogecoin (DOGE), Solana (SOL), Cardano (ADA), and others have become very popular among investors and consumers.

These new crypto consumers caught the attention of hackers and thieves. How can they steal your money?

Here are some of the most popular crypto fraud and scams.

SIM Swapping

This theft occurs when thieves obtain access to the sim card from the victim’s phone number, reset the user’s password, gain access to trading accounts like Coinbase, and steal money from bank accounts. Sim swaps often change your email passwords and take other steps to prevent you from receiving Multi-Factor Authentication (2FA) alerts.

The bad news is that losses incurred in this type of fraud are often not covered by identity theft or other insurance.

ICO Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Scams

Criminals will create fake companies and profiles to sell coins for phony companies. In other cases, the thieves will sell coins to a real company and then take action to devalue the investment.

Fake Cryptocurrencies and Fake Websites

Countless crypto assets get created every day, but sometimes the cryptocurrency itself is completely fake. Thieves will create a website and other material that looks legitimate but are all smoke and mirrors.

Crypto Mining Scams

The investments or jobs will sound like life-changing opportunities. However, they only begin once you start paying fees and give them access to your bank account.

Red flags you should always avoid:

  • Promises of love and free crypto
  • “Guarantees” of big paydays
  • Scammers impersonating well-known companies

Very vigilant consumers can even become the target of criminals. If you were the victim of a scam, contact us at 1818, and we will help determine if there is a way to recover any lost or stolen money.

FAQ: Crypto Fraud and Sim Swap Scams

Is cryptocurrency fake money?

Cryptocurrency is any form of currency that exists digitally and uses cryptography to secure transactions. Webster defines money as “something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment.” Bitcoin and other currencies can be used as a means of payment and can be exchanged, so while it is new, it’s not fake.

What are some crypto scams?

  • Romance cryptocurrency scams — thieves create trust by playing with people’s emotions, allowing them to abuse the victim.
  • Fake coins, fake platforms, and fake apps — What is genuine on the internet is becoming harder to identify. Fake apps, platforms, and coins are designed to deceive potential victims so that they will look and react like the real version.
  • Pump-and-dumps — Wrongdoers will use social media to create rumors about a coin’s future value. The goal is to drive up the price, and then these individuals sell their coins for a profit before the retail investors, with the price tanking when they sell.

What is a crypto SIM swap scam?

SIM-swap thieves access a user’s phone through their cell phone carrier. Sometimes they will have the actual phone, but more commonly, they can get access remotely. Using this phone access, they can sometimes reset the user’s password on a cryptocurrency exchange and then steal the assets. Once a hacker takes over your phone, they can change your email password and prevent you from receiving 2FA alerts.

What is a crypto SIM swap fraud?

New coins are constantly being minted, and when new coins hit the market, it’s known as an initial coin offering (ICO). ICOs have become a prime opportunity for scams. When you see ads like “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” or “guaranteed 1,000% returns,” you should stop and do more research.

What do I do if someone steals my cryptocurrency?

  1. Contact the authorities. They will log the crime.
  2. Change your login details. If you can log in, change your password and enable two-factor authentication, preferably by means of not using text message verification.
  3. Notify the exchange of the theft.
  4. Contact a qualified lawyer who understands the cryptocurrency space.

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