US consumers have been receiving fake e-mails trying to impersonate a federal regulatory agency, which has caused alarms among members of the crypto community. The Office of the Comptroller of the United States Currency (OCC) warned that such false news requires people to provide their Bitcoin wallet keys.
The dummy message contains some grammatical errors and typos
According to an alert issued by the OCC, the fake e-mail claimed to be signed by a senior official of the agency. They take this opportunity to warn people that federal entities do not hold virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin (BTC), on behalf of other institutions or any digital asset trading agency.
The scammers who crafted their emails ignored grammatical errors, and spelling errors were highlighted in all fake emails, as follows:
U.S. Currency Manager: You are ready to pay you $10.5 million in funds. Please note that your funds can only be paid to you through your Bitcoin wallet address ID: due to excessive fees/handling fees required by banks and government officials, the United Nations and the World Bank have established a new policy that all individuals are more than 100 Ten thousand dollars of debt or payment should be paid through the Bitcoin wallet address. Instruct you to provide a Bitcoin wallet address ID immediately so that you can deposit funds into the wallet now.Signature deleted/Circular of Directors U.S. Computer
OCC issued the following comments to warn people of spam campaigns initiated by fraudsters:
“Please do not respond in any way to any request made by the OCC to provide personal account information or to pay any fees related to the proposal, or to imply that the OCC is involved in the transfer of funds for the following purpose: on behalf of another person.”
U.S. regulators warn that crypto scams are on the rise this year
As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently warned of this issue, crypto-related scams are on the rise in the United States.
The warning was issued after reports revealed that fraudsters impersonated Tesla CEO Elon Musk and used virtual currency to obtain more than $2 million in scams.
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