A fraudulent cryptocurrency funding company within the Backyard Route space has made off with a complete of round R5-million of residents’ hard-earned cash.
The scammers, working below the identify “Trinity Token Investments”, operated in Mossel Bay and Knysna, the place they’d places of work.
The scammers would give elaborate displays on investing in cryptocurrencies to shoppers, get them to place down their “investments” after which disappear with no hint. Their pop-up places of work have been discovered to be abandoned when shoppers returned.
Two of the victims, Vuyolwethu Mfumbe and Samantha Keen from Mossel Bay spoke to SABC: “Once I referred to as the consultants nobody answered. Their telephones have been on voice mail. Then I began to suppose there was one thing unusual. On day 2, I referred to as once more and it was nonetheless on voicemail. So, sadly, we acquired scammed. I noticed pals of mine who invested and so they acquired cash and afterward, I stated it’s a legit firm so I additionally invested.”
IRS Forensic Investigations’ Chad Thomas stated they imagine these scammers are part of a countrywide network.
“We have now info that it is a nationwide syndicate that has been working in numerous small cities for quite a few years now,” Thomas advised the Mossel Bay Advertiser.
Thomas requested the general public to assist them discover the three fraudsters from the Backyard Route from these footage:
Assist us establish 3 individuals pictured who truly opened two bodily “branches” of a bogus crypto forex buying and selling firm within the Western Cape referred to as “Trinity Tokens”.
— IRS Forensic Investigations (@FraudWatchZA) January 15, 2021
Two instances opened alongside Backyard Route in Western Cape relating to “Trinity Tokens”.
Mossel Bay SAPS 91/1/2021
Knysna SAPS 243/1/2021
Victims misplaced thousands and thousands of rands in crypto rip-off. Assist us establish the alleged mastermind within the image. Contact IRS WhatsApp 0794442666. https://t.co/zOisoVOuiI pic.twitter.com/x0rY6BCf8f
— IRS Forensic Investigations (@FraudWatchZA) January 17, 2021
Instances have been opened at SAPS. Anybody with info can contact the IRS on their WhatsApp line 0794442666.