A retired account manager provided a QR code to a Bitcoin wallet, which was considered one of the largest in terms of transactions and money in a single Bitcoin wallet in recent memory.
Orlando’s Secret Service Special Agent Caroline O’Brien-Buster said there appeared to be 7,883 transactions between February and May 2021.
O’Brien-Buster said she was able to confirm that over $ 118 million in crypto was transferred to the bitcoin wallet, of which $ 117 million was spent.
“I actually had to look at that number twice, it was a lot,” said O’Brien-Buster. “This is one of the largest I’ve ever seen.”
Mary Miller, a retired accountant manager, is one of the women who have transferred funds to this bitcoin wallet. Miller said she bought $ 10,000 in cryptocurrency and transferred it to a bitcoin wallet using a QR code sent to her by her online lover.
Miller said she made the purchase through a bitcoin ATM in Winter Park. She said the oil rig boss she met on a Facebook dating site walked her through the deposit process early in March.
Miller said she stood in front of the ATM at 7 am and put $ 10,000 in cash into account by account.
“I was terrified,” she said. “I am ashamed and embarrassed that I used to be an accountant. I used to be sharp.
Miller’s social media romance cost her about $ 13,000 in cash and Google maps.
The fraudster used photographs of a man who turned out to be an oil rig worker from Louisiana. There is no evidence that he was involved with this romantic scheme.
“I was so in love,” Miller said, “now I understand that he said everything that he thought a woman wants to hear.”
Federal agents said the words are usually scripted and involve the work of a group of men and women. Miller said that the last time she contacted the man was in the first week of May.
She started texting him again last week, and he immediately wanted to talk to her.
Investigators said these scams could launch hundreds of love schemes at the same time, as evidenced by over 7,800 transactions found in the bitcoin wallet.
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