On his Youtube channel, he is called Crypto Gouv. This Internet user suspected of being at the origin of the scam estimated at 4 million euros has never revealed his true identity. In a few months, he managed to gather a community of 4,000 people with whom he exchanged daily on the Telegram and Discord messaging applications. He shared tutorials, especially on investments in cryptocurrency. The beginning of a scam that seems to have been carefully orchestrated.
Return on investment promises
Gradually, Crypto Gouv will offer Internet users the opportunity to meet in groups (groups “pools”) to invest together. It promises very enticing returns on investment and a lot of follow-up. “Investors have placed a hundred euros, others several tens of thousands of euros”says Me Asta-Vola, “in a very short time, many groups and investment projects have been set up by Crypto Gouv”. So much so that some members of the community began to have suspicions. But too late.
On July 9, Crypto Gouv publicly announced on its usual discussion channels that it shares with the funds. “It’s as if you had allocated a sum to a financial investment adviser and that he simply left with your money”, explains Asta-Vola. As a provocation, Crypto Gouv published an ultimate tutorial, in which he details the underside of the scam. He himself specifies the penalty incurred: five years’ imprisonment. As revealed to France Inter the Paris prosecutor’s office, the investigation opened in mid-July was entrusted to the gendarmes of the research section of the capital. The damage is inflicted at 4 million euros, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Cryptocurrencies, fertile ground for scams
In the community of cryptocurrency investors, calls for vigilance from Internet users have since multiplied. A self-help discussion for potential victims of the Crypto Gouv scam has also been created on the Discord app.
“There is a mass public who is interested in these practices. Certain malicious people inevitably see it as an opportunity. This type of scam is on the increase”, warns Jérémy Asta-Vola. The lawyer recommends to those who would have tried by cryptocurrencies, to invest only money that one is able to lose, to be well informed and never to communicate his private keys of portfolio of assets.