The Billion Dollar Cryptocurrency Scam

In this episode of Phishy Business, we take a look at what has been called the smartest and biggest scam of the 21st century, OneCoin, a cryptocurrency that brought in $4 billion in investments via multi-level marketing and proved to be nothing but a scheme that made one woman who is still on the run very rich. This wasn’t a backroom con, but in fact, was perpetrated by a woman whose adoring fans filled an arena two years after OneCoin’s founding, and whose con took money from millions of people. Our special guest is Jamie Bartlett, author of The Missing Cryptoqueen: The Billion Dollar Cryptocurrency Con and the Woman Who Got Away with It, a book that started out as a podcast in which Jaime tells the all-too-true tale of Dr. Ruja Ignatova, the Oxford-educated fugitive who got away with billions. In ‘The Billion Dollar Cryptocurrency Scam’ we discuss: How Jaime discovered this amazing story after presenting his findings following an investigation into drug sales on the Dark Web and was approached by a fellow journalist who was propositioned with this too-good-to-be-true cryptocurrency scam. A little background on cryptocurrency, its history, and how it works, as well as how Dr. Ruja presented a story and a cryptocurrency that was so appealing to so many people. How cryptocurrencies currently make ideal attack vectors for scammers. How FOMO is a very powerful tool in the cybercriminal arsenal and how it worked for Dr. Ruja. Why most people’s murky understanding of the tech behind cryptocurrency allowed the alleged victims to be more easily duped by Dr. Ruja and her real and impressive credentials Why cries of OneCoin being a Ponzi scheme from the very beginning went unheeded by investors and regulators. How a simple selfie posted on social media can reveal a treasure trove of information for investigators…and for cybercriminals. If the promises of a product or service sound too good to be true, they probably are. About Phishy Business Fed up with the same old cybersecurity stories? Come with us on a journey that explores the lesser-known side. Whether it’s social engineering, taking criminals to court or the journalists hunting down hackers — our new podcast series, Phishy Business, looks for new ways to think about cybersecurity. Mimecast’s very own Brian Pinnock and Alice Jeffery are joined by guests from a range of unique security specialisms. Each episode explores tales of risk, reward and just a dash of ridiculousness to learn how we can all improve in the fight to stay safe. For more tales of risk, reward and ridiculousness, subscribe to Phishy Business on iTunes, Spotify, Anchor or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Ready to change how you think about cybersecurity? Every other week, Mimecast’s Brian Pinnock and Alice Jeffrey are joined by a special guest for tales of risk, reward and just a dash of ridiculousness. Whether it’s a tech expert who is not your average CIO or an expert from a field you wouldn’t expect, we’ll be exploring the lesser seen side of cybersecurity – to learn how we can all improve in the fight to stay safe.