Author: Isabelle Yeo
Is Zeeshan Najeeb a scammer or a victim of identity theft? The saga of the cryptocurrency scam continues.
Block Asia received a new tip-off from the scam victim who lost over 750 ETH recently. A Twitter account that was created in May with the handle @BitcoinVirus has been contacting the victim through Direct Messages. How @BitcoinVirus, the anonymous person claiming to represent Najeeb, managed to uncover the identity of the victim remains unclear.
Not only that, @BitcoinVirus also claimed to represent the “medical education company” that Najeeb’s father, Dr Najeeb, runs. (Dr Najeeb’s website claims to give the “World’s Most Popular Medical Lectures”.)
The offer stated that the amount of money the victim lost would be donated to Odyssey, as it “seems like a great project”.
In exchange, Block Asia is to remove all prior coverage of the scam and release a new press article clearing Najeeb’s name.
That being a seemingly egregious attempt at bribery aside, Block Asia is also certain that the identity of the con artist has yet to be revealed. Whether the scammer is Najeeb himself or an impersonator, the situation revolving around @BitcoinVirus seems fishy. One question remains clear – if Najeeb was “impersonated”, why is “his representative” offering compensation?
In addition, @BitcoinVirus claimed that Najeeb is willing to pay extra ETH as gesture of gratitude and will be contactable via phone.
The victim’s relationship with Odyssey also remains unclear.
Although @BitcoinVirus consistently associates himself to Najeeb, the relationship between the two remains suspicious.
With too many murky details, Block Asia has suggested that the victim should lodge a police report. In response, the victim mentioned that a formal police report will be filed regardless of the outcome.
Block Asia contacted Zeeshan Najeeb via email
Following the tip-off from the twitter conversation of the scam victim, Block Asia intends to investigate further on whether the user handling @BitcoinVirus is truly an associate of Najeeb. Block Asia has personally emailed Najeeb to clarify the arrangements to return the stolen ETH to the victim.
However, Najeeb responded to the email, denouncing once again any form of relations with the so-called “representative”. By and by, we arrive back to another case of alleged impersonation. Full of doubts, Najeeb demanded for Block Asia to prove the legitimacy of @BitcoinVirus.
Block Asia has also enquired on whether Najeeb intends to take any legal action against John McAfee, one whom he claims hired a Najeeb impersonator to dupe investors. However, no response has been received as of press time. Due to the “alleged impersonator”, many people have fallen victim to scams.
Block Asia will be conducting more follow-up investigations.
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