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Turkish Police Detain 11 People For Stealing Bitcoins

17:14 05/11/2018

Turkish law enforcement officers have taken into custody 11 suspects in bitcoin theft for over $80,000, Cointelegraph reports referring to local media.

Previously, about a dozen people wrote statements to the police asking to take action on the hacking of their crypto wallets. Fraudsters withdrew all the funds totaling 437,000 Turkish liras or over $80,000 from the bitcoin wallets. The group of hackers deliberately distributed the stolen cryptocurrency to different accounts in order to impede the search and exchange it for fiat.

During the investigation police checked all the data of the wallets and passwords of the victims, the contents of their emails. At the end of October, officers of special police departments managed to trace alleged criminals and detain them in various parts of Istanbul.

Following the results of investigative measures, one suspect was released, he will be monitored, and the rest are arrested. The police seized two fake driver's licenses, about two dozen mobile phones, a lot of SIM cards, and memory cards.

Some of the accused were tracked while they were entering the exchange accounts, others were identified when trying to withdraw money from banks or via ATMs. The investigation continues, and the police are looking for other victims of hackers.

The increased interest of Turkey in bitcoin was caused by the Turkish lira devaluation in August. Then the national currency dropped against the US dollar by 50%.

As previously reported, hackers stole more than $7.5 million from the Trade.io crypto exchange.


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