Bitcoin Scams are the World’s Other Continuing Pandemic

2020 BitcoinWhosWho.com Scam Report Origins

Based on the origins of Scam Reports received by BitcoinWhosWho.com in 2020, bitcoin scams are the world’s other continuing pandemic.

BitcoinWhosWho received Scam Reports from 149 countries in 2020. 25 countries originated at least 100 reports.

Top 5 Scam Report Locations (2020)

Scam Report Country of Origin% of Reports
United States31.56%
United Kingdom8.89%
Canada5.43%
Philippines3.60%
South Africa3.27%
BitcoinWhosWho.com Top 5 Countries Originating Bitcoin Scam Reports in 2020

Almost half (~46%) of scam victims were located in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom. After the big three, the next 10 countries are the source of ~26% of all bitcoin Scam Reports:

Country of Origin% of Reports
Philippines3.60%
South Africa3.27%
Germany3.16%
Australia2.88%
Netherlands2.58%
India2.50%
Nigeria2.31%
Japan2.20%
France1.66%
Sweden1.65%
Bitcoin scams are a global scourge

What do I do if law enforcement can’t help me with my crypto scam?

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Unfortunately, even if you’ve been scammed out of a large amount of crypto, and wish to commit additional funds to pursue a legal case, law enforcement may still not be able to help due to their own resource and/or legal jurisdiction restraints. This would be an infuriating situation if there wasn’t a growing private sector solution.

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If you’re the victim of a bitcoin scam, the first step is to report the scam to your local law enforcement (below is a guide to reporting scams based on your country). The second step, if you’ve been the victim of a bitcoin scam, report the receiving address to BitcoinWhosWho.com by looking up the receiving address, clicking on the “Report Scam” button and filling out the form with all your information and any evidence. Every report helps the bitcoin community police and deter future frauds.

How to Report Crypto Scams in 30 Countries

JurisdictionLinkEmail
United Stateshttps://www.ic3.gov/Home/FileComplaint
United Kingdomhttps://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Canadahttps://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/
Philippineshttps://acg.pnp.gov.ph/main/
South Africahttps://www.saps.gov.za/talk/talk.php
Germanyhttp://www.polizei.de/
Australiahttps://www.cyber.gov.au/acsc/report
Netherlandshttps://www.politie.nl/en/contact
Indiahttps://www.cybercrime.gov.in/
Nigeriahttps://419coalition.org/
Japanhttps://japancompanytrust.org/
Japanhttps://japanantifraud.org/
Francehttps://www.internet-signalement.gouv.fr/
Swedenhttps://polisen.se/en/Languages/Victims-of-Crime/Make-a-report1/
Romaniahttps://www.politiaromana.ro/ro/petitii-online
Austriaagainst-cybercrime@bmi.gv.at
Belgiumhttp://www.policelocale.be/zones
Bulgariahttp://www.cybercrime.bg/bg
Croatiahttp://www.mup.hr/
Cyprushttps://cybercrime.police.gov.cy/police/CyberCrime.nsf/subscribe_en/subscribe_en?OpenFormcybercrime@police.gov.cy
Czech Republichttp://www.policie.cz/
Denmarkhttps://www.politi.dk/en/Report/
Estoniahttp://cyber.politsei.ee/cybercrime@politsei.ee
Finlandhttp://www.poliisi.fi/crimes/reporting_an_offence_online
Greecehttp://www.astynomia.gr/index.php?option=ozo_content&perform=view&id=8194&Itemid=378&lang=
Hungaryhttp://www.police.hu/ugyintezes
Irelandhttps://www.garda.ie/en/
Italyhttp://www.commissariatodips.it/
Latviakanc@vp.gov.lv
Lithuaniahttps://www.epolicija.lt/en/home
Luxembourghttp://www.police.public.lu/fr/commissariat-virtuel/index.html
Maltahttp://www.pulizija.gov.mt/opres/
Polandhttp://policja.pl/pol/kontakt/606,Kontakt.html
Portugalhttp://www.pj.pt/
Spainhttps://www.gdt.guardiacivil.es/webgdt/pinformar.php
Sloveniahttp://www.policija.si/eng/
Where to report crypto crimes by country

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