Scammers impersonating government officials: Cybercrime urges caution

Cybercrime Specialist

Cybercrime Specialist

Scammers pose as government or lottery officials and promise people big prizes in exchange for cryptocurrency, cash, or personal information.

Although, investors get the most out of cryptocurrencies like bitcoins and earn good profits by investing in the right scheme.

—Timothy Benson

SOFIA, BULGARIA, Aug. 22, 2022 / — Cryptocurrency is full of impostor scams, with scammers pretending to be government or lottery officials and demanding bitcoin payments for supposed debt.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in 2021, these scams defrauded unwary victims out of $255 million. The FTC received 148,000 reports of fraud involving prizes, lotteries and sweepstakes, up 27% from the previous year ( 2019/sweepstakes.html)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received nearly 1.3 million reports of government imposters, far more than any other type of fraud reported in the same time frame. Most people reported this scam saying it all started with a phone call.

“While some crypto investors are getting richer, some of those same investors are scammers, taking money from innocent investors. These scammers put their best game on the line to earn investors’ trust by promising them big returns .”, says Tim Benson, Chief Analyst at Cyber-Forensics.Net – a bitcoin recovery company.

How government impersonator scams work:

A scammer calls claiming to be a representative of a government agency, such as the IRS. He goes on to say that the person owes back taxes. If the individual denies having paid or provided personal information, the scammer may threaten the victim with fines and imprisonment.

These scams often start with a call, text or email from someone who identifies themselves as a government agent. These scammers target a victim with full planning; they may provide fake documents like an “employee ID card” or badge number to appear official.

Another scam is the lottery scam, where the criminal convinces a victim that they have won a lottery or prize. To redeem the prize, the victim must first pay federal taxes.

Everyone dreams of winning free money and big prizes; that’s why scammers still use the promise of a prize to get money or personal information from victims.

How to recognize a government impersonator?

Timothy Benson, one of the bitcoin recovery agents at Cyber-Forensics.Net, says, “Legitimate organizations and government officials never ask for cryptocurrency. is probably a scam. If someone receives such messages or calls, it is better to delete them or ignore them.”

How to avoid such impersonator scams?

A telltale sign of fraud is a demand for payment from an unsolicited phone call. A call requesting payment may be legitimate if a person has an overdue bill with an entity they know and that entity is calling to collect. But a random call from an unknown entity is often a scam.

Things to remember:

◉ Never send money to a stranger.
◉ Never give personal or financial information to a caller.
◉ Beware if an unknown person calls and asks for money.
◉ Never open unknown links sent via email.
◉ Be careful when opening attachments or downloading files from emails.
◉ Always be skeptical of cryptocurrency payments.

Where to report these impersonator scams?

If someone spots a scam like a government or lottery impersonator, they can report it to:

◉ The Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
◉ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
◉ Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
◉ It is always good to consult friends and family who might be helpful in this regard.

One can also hire a bitcoin recovery company like Cyber-Forensics.Net who will help recover the stolen bitcoin or other cryptocurrency from these impostor scammers. is a team of professionals who have been working in this field for a long time and have good knowledge and experience in dealing with such scammers.

About Cyber-Forensics.Net:

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