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Crypto scam which cost 900 people crores of rupees unravelled by Enforcement Directorate

The accused allegedly drew investors by organising promotional events with celebrities.

The Enforcement Directorate has arrested a person in connection to a money laundering and fake cryptocurrency case from Kerala where around 900 investors were cheated to the tune of Rs 1,200 crores. In a press release, the ED said that it arrested Abdul Gafoor on March 24, for operating as a stockist in a multi-level marketing scam and getting victims to invest in a fake cryptocurrency called Morris Coin. This arrest comes after the attachment of properties of Nishad K, considered to be the main accused in the Morris Coin cryptocurrency case. The ED said that Gafoor was appointed by Nishad as a ‘pin stockist’ after the former invested Rs 10 lakhs of his own money in the MLM scam. Gafoor was also promised a commission of 5% on investments. “They made aggressive enrolment of new member into an illegal money circulation scheme under the garb of multi-level marketing, resorted to the fraudulent practice of investing the money received from the investors in the Morris Coin Cryptocurrency plan run by Nishad and others,” the ED said. There has been an increasing number of cryptocurrency scams being reported in the country. For instance, a parallel investigation of another cryptocurrency scam in Pune is ongoing, the two accused in this scam siphoned off over 200 Bitcoins, according to an Indian Express report. Siphoned-off money was used to buy properties: ED According to an IE report, Kerala’s Mallapuram-based Gafoor was allegedly, actively involved in siphoning money from people who were lured with fake crypto…

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