The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning citizens about a new scam crypto job ad that has been in recent circulation.
The ad targets U.S. citizens and individuals living or traveling abroad, and offers a wide range of opportunities, including tech support, call center customer service, and beauty salon technicians.
However, upon arrival in a foreign country, job seekers are coerced into committing cryptocurrency investment schemes.
The FBI says that victims of these schemes have been held against their will, intimidated, and forced to work long hours with little pay. They have also been threatened with violence if they try to leave.
The FBI is asking anyone who has been a victim of this scam to come forward and report the activity through an online portal. You can also report the scam to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.
This is just the latest in a series of cryptocurrency scams that have been reported in recent months. In April, the FBI seized nine virtual currency exchange services that were allegedly aiding cybercriminals.
And in March, crypto security and auditing firm CertiK reported that $103.7 million had been lost to crypto exploits and scams in April alone.