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Dutch Authorities Arrest ZKasino Scam Suspect, Seize $12.2M

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Dutch Authorities Arrest ZKasino Scam Suspect, Seize $12.2M

A 26-year-old man has been arrested by Dutch authorities for his alleged involvement in a scam related to the ZKasino online gambling platform. The Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) arrested the suspect on April 29 on charges of fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering. The authorities have seized assets valued at over 11.4 million euros, including cryptocurrencies, real estate, and luxury cars. This arrest is the first in the ZKasino fraud case, where investors lost at least $33 million worth of digital assets. Dutch authorities claim that the platform had no intention of returning investors’ funds, as the smart contract suggested. The suspect’s detention has been extended for further investigation.

ZKasino initially portrayed itself as a blockchain-based gambling platform that attracted deposits from investors, promising returns within 30 days. It went live on April 20 and managed to receive over 10,515 Ether (ETH) from more than 10,000 investors. Concerns among investors arose when an on-chain transaction revealed that ZKasino transferred all 10,515 ETH to the Lido staking protocol. They also noticed that the wording on the platform’s website had changed, removing a statement about the return of the ETH. Adding to the suspicion, ZKasino claimed in a post in March that it had successfully closed a Series A investment round with a valuation of $350 million, with backing from MEXC crypto exchange and Big Brain Holdings. Big Brain Holdings later clarified that it had not invested in ZKasino and believed it to be fraudulent.

The arrest of the 26-year-old suspect has led to speculation among some members of the crypto community on X forum about his identity. His identity has not yet been confirmed by authorities. The authorities are working to uncover the full extent of the fraud and determine who else may have been involved. The arrest and seizure of assets are significant steps towards bringing justice to the victims of the ZKasino scam.

Unfortunately, this case once again highlights the risks associated with investing in online platforms, particularly in the crypto space. Investors must exercise caution and perform thorough due diligence before entrusting their funds to any platform. It is crucial to verify the legitimacy of claims and research the background of the individuals and companies involved. This not only applies to investment opportunities but also to any online transactions involving significant amounts of money. By staying vigilant and informed, investors can mitigate the risk of falling victim to scams and fraudulent schemes.

1 thought on “Dutch Authorities Arrest ZKasino Scam Suspect, Seize $12.2M

  1. Stay informed, stay vigilant! Scammers are always on the prowl. Let’s protect ourselves and help others avoid falling into their traps.

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