I am the victim of a crypto currency scam... what can I do about it? Ontario, Canada. I have filed a report with the

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Customer: I am the victim of a crypto currency scam... what can I do about it?
JA: What state is this in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Ontario, Canada
JA: What steps have been taken so far?
Customer: I have filed a report with the Police yesterday...trying to find a lawyer to help navigate this mess.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I have lots of notes and documents in relation to this scam .. I sure was taken in by them. My last phone call was this morning at 11:30 am ... they wanted to know if I had the funds for the insurance. Told them no... and that I didn't think I'd see my money because it doesn't look legitimate ... they hung up on me.
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Hi and thank you for using JustAnswer. My name is ***** ***** I will be assisting you with your question.

I am licensed Canadian lawyer, and this conversation is for informational purposes only. I kindly ask for your patience as some questions take longer to answer and I may have to do legal research. I may be away from my desk from time to time, but rest assured I will always return back as soon as possible. If at any point during our conversation you don’t understand something, please let me know so I can clarify.

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Thank you ... I am ready to begin.
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Good afternoon – sorry to hear of the situation. These scams/thefts are extremely difficult to address given that crypto currencies are normally untraceable by the nature of their design. In many cases the crypto currencies and the fiat money used to buy them are moved to jurisdictions where there are no extradition treaties or legal method of recovering it.

You took the correct step of filing a police report. You can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-***-***-**** to report this incident.

If you are able to identify the fraudsters involved, you can file a legal claim against them for your money back assuming they are in a country with a strong rule of law. This assumes that you can identify them and they have assets in their name that your lawyer can go after once you obtain a court judgment. Here is a link for the Ontario lawyer referral service to help you find a lawyer once you are ready to take legal action against them: https://lsrs.lso.ca/lsrs/welcome

Does that help answer your question or did you have any additional questions about this issue?

Customer
Partially. I have 6 Investment Transaction receipts ... do these mean anything?
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Joey, Expert

Do they have information pertaining to where/who you sent your money to?

Customer
They are from ATBcrypto Support ..***@******.***
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Joey, Expert

Do you know what country they operate out of?

Customer
They said New York ... but after reading a review of this particular scam (and it matches mine), they apparently are here in Ontario, Canada
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Joey, Expert

If they are Ontario and they have assets here, then your lawyer can sue them here and go after them.

Customer
I don't have a lawyer who understands cyber crimes / crypto scams ... Where do I find a lawyer who can help me?
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Joey, Expert

You can use the lawyer referral service link I sent you and they can assist with that.

Customer
Okay. Sure would like to help catch these guys .. I will go to the link. Thanks.
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Crossing fingers you can. Did you have any further questions about this issue?

Customer
No, I will take it from here. Thank you.
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Thank you for using JustAnswer. I wish you the best of luck. If you have any follow up questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

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