A 23-year-old Venezuelan is wanted by the police for stealing 23.66 bitcoin (BTC). The defendant is Andrés Jesús Dos Santos Hernández, a financial operator who was denounced for defrauding his clients into believing that their funds were stolen.
Specifically, the scammer’s plan was to simulate his own kidnapping. Thus, according to his words, his captors would have forced him to enter the Binance cryptocurrency exchange and transfer all the assets deposited there to various wallets. At the end of this note, the funds in BTC are equivalent to 1,150,000 dollars according to the price index of CriptoNoticias.
The information of the search for Dos Santos Hernández was released by Douglas Rico, director of the Corps of Scientific, Criminal and Criminal Investigations (CICPC) on his Instagram account. Likewise, the event was replicated by various Venezuelan media. “Money laundering and scam” is what Rico details in his publication.
Kidnappings with bitcoin already have a history in Venezuela
As this media reported in August, there has already been a shocking case in this country related to a kidnapping in which a ransom in bitcoin was requested. The incident occurred in the Simón Bolívar municipality, in the State of Zulia.
At that time, a 39-year-old man was kidnapped on August 10. The criminals were asking for a ransom of 1.5 BTC ($ 72,894 at press time), although they later lowered the demand to 0.5 BTC. However, the family was only able to raise a minimal portion of that sum. This is how, just two days later, the victim was found dead on the public highway.