BitMEX Bitcoin Fund Manager Exit Scams Before Christmas

A bitcoin trader who promised massive returns by investing in his BitMEX fund, has allegedly made away with more than $380,000 in BTC in what appears to be an exit scam.


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According to Twitter handle ‘stealthbomber21,’ a bitcoin trader with the moniker ‘hitsXBT’ has defrauded investors in his Bitmex $BTC fund. The suspected con artist convinced people to send him their bitcoin to be ‘locked up’ for a period during which the alleged scammer would trade with the bitcoin deposits, take his commission, and return the remaining profits to the investors.

However, hitsXBT, who previously went by the name ‘LÈON’, deleted all traces of his activity both on Twitter and Telegram. According to stealthbomber21, the suspected fraudster promised to share proceeds from a so-called ‘Xmas promo’ before scrubbing his online presence.

A screenshot of shared by stealthbomber showed a wallet supposedly belonging to hitsXBT with more than 53 bitcoins worth over $380,000 at the current spot price. The alleged scammer’s Twitter handle no longer exists as at press time but stealthbomber reports that it had been changed to the image below with the message on the bio translating to: “that’s life, my darling.”

Some victims of the alleged scam have created a Telegram with 94 members as at press time. All the wallet addresses tied to hitsXBT no longer contain any bitcoin with the full account balances moved to unknown wallets.

Given the anonymous nature of the alleged fraudster, the first step for the victims seems to be trying to unearth hitsXBT’s real identity.

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