Canadian police needs help to find 4 criminals in $200K Bitcoin fraud

Canadian police needs help to find 4 criminals in $200K Bitcoin fraud

The four men allegedly executed 112 fraudulent "double spend" attacks on "bitcoin kiosks" (ATMs) located in seven Canadian cities: Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Sherwood Park, Ottawa and Hamilton.

Late past year, the Calgary police service received information relating to numerous fraudulent transactions made at Bitcoin ATMs that specifically target one Canadian Bitcoin company.

As per a local news portal, officers were tipped off to a major fraud involving transactions that targeted a Canadian bitcoin company.

Almost half, 51, of the transactions allegedly occurred in Calgary.

The four suspects in the Canadian Bitcoin ATM scam are believed to have figured out of a way to cancel transactions before they were fully processed by the provider of the units.

Calgary police, in collaboration with Ontario and Manitoba authorities, acquired CCTV images featuring the suspects which are thought to "have in-depth knowledge or interest in cryptocurrency, bitcoin and/or blockchain technology".

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Bitcoin scheme suspect number four.

The photos of the men have been released online, and the police are asking for public assistance to identify them. The remainder occurred in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Winnipeg and Sherwood Park, Alta. While not designed for criminal applications, the tool is described by Todd as a means of creating successive transactions to smooth "stuck" transactions. That creates two transactions in succession, one paying a specific amount to a specific address, and a second one double-spending that transaction.

Calgary is home to a total number of 45 Bitcoin ATMs, but only 21 of them support Bitcoin sales.

Per Todd, it also allows users to "optionally specify that the first transaction additional OP-RETURN, multisig, and "blacklisted" address outputs".

Agencies including the Toronto Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, Winnipeg Police Service and Halton Regional Police Service are assisting CPS.

Individuals with any leads can submit their tips to Crime Stoppers.

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