Over $4.4 Billion Lost in 2019 in Crypto Fraud

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CipherTrace security firm released a Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering Report for the third quarter of 2019 and according to the report, $4.4 billion was lost in cryptocurrency-related fraud. 

The report notes a significant reduction in cryptocurrency-related crimes when compared with previous quarters and is so far the lowest in quarterly thefts in 2 years. In this quarter, $6.5 million was reportedly stolen from cryptocurrency exchanges and cryptocurrency users were duped out of $9 million in Ponzi schemes and exit scams. 

A total of $15.5 million was lost in this quarter making it the lowest number of cryptocurrency crimes of any quarter. Though the total of cryptocurrency theft on the year has increased significantly since 2018, cryptocurrency thieves seem to go after larger sums, a total of $4.4 billion in losses in 2019. 

CipherTrace looked into the 120 most popular cryptocurrency exchanges compliance with KYC (Know Your Customer) and AML (Anti-Money Laundering). CipherTrace discovered that 35% of the 120 crypto exchanges have secure KYC standards, the KYC standards of 41% of them could be manipulated and 24% have weak standards. 

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