FBI Requests Data From Bitconnect Investors Through Questionnaire
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported in a press release about the attempts to get in touch with investors who participated in the alleged fraudulent scheme of the Bitconnect (BCC) crypto project, which was closed in January 2018.
During the investigation, the FBI Cleveland appealed to the investors who bought the BCC cryptocurrency with a request to share information about their participation in the project. Representatives of the bureau published a special questionnaire with the help of which they intend to identify the victims of the fraudsters’ actions. It is reported that the cryptocurrency was first released during the initial coin offering by Bitconnect in November 2016.
It is stated that investors may voluntarily participate in the survey to facilitate the investigation. FBI officials are requesting information, in particular, about the sources from which investors first learned about the project, the amount of investments, as well as the users' names in the system.
The capitalization of the BCC cryptocurrency at the peak of the project’s popularity was $2.5 billion until the rate collapsed in 2018. Bitconnect was distinguished by large-scale promotional events, the most popular among which were the press secretary Carlos Matos’ speeches that later became viral. At the moment, the token is not traded on crypto exchanges.
As previously reported, the head of the department of financial crimes at the FBI revealed the main features of fraudulent ICO-projects.