The National Superintendent of Crypto Assets and Related Activities (Sunacrip) in Venezuela warned of alleged scams and irregular events after the activation of new platforms for buying and selling Petros and other cryptocurrencies in Venezuela.
The warning was made through a post on Instagram stating that cyber criminals are using “phishing”.. A mechanism by which victims are deceived by sending emails or messages on social networks posing as people or representatives of institutions in order to manipulate their victims and get rid of their money.
Sunacrip reported that scammers are taking advantage of users’ ignorance of the new technological platforms being developed by the Patria system, Banco de Venezuela and the new Exchange VEX.
“These irregular activities are carried out by unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of the inexperience of some users with new technologies and have misrepresented them using the phishing modality,” the statement said.
During its recent launch, the new Venezuela Exchange (VEX) sponsored by the Venezuelan state and national oversight of crypto assets and related activities have been the target of several reports showing obvious irregularities in their operations.
How does the fraud work?
Sunacrip stated that scammers deceive victims by sending emails or messages on WhatsApp and Telegram. as well as posing as persons or representatives of institutions in order to manipulate them and induce them to divulge confidential information.
These individuals rely on the data and passwords provided by users or invite them to click on deceptive links called “malware” to steal their money and other digital assets.
“As soon as these irregularities were discovered, contact was made with the representatives of the state investigative and security authorities in order to take appropriate legal and criminal measures against those who are allegedly responsible for these computer-illegal crimes,” says the text of the superintendent .
Sunacrip announced the launch of the Venezuela Exchange (VEX) on November 3rd via the Venezuelan government’s own media as an official exchange platform managed by your institution.
Its functionality explains the Venezuelan government’s television station that the new VEX “allows the exchange of cryptocurrencies for fiat money through P2P technology, which makes it easier to buy and sell Petros and other cryptocurrencies with Bolívares. Sovereign “. In addition to Pedro (PTR), Bitcoin (BTC) stands out among its options.
VEX irregularities from the start
After a first week of apparently normalized operations, the first complaints about the operation of the VEX exchange were published on Monday November 9th, published through the Petro-Cryptocurrency customer service channels.
Use only Sunacrip authorized platforms
Sunacrip advises the entire community that the official platforms of the regulators in relation to crypto assets are the portal www.patria.org.ve, the official Sunacrip site www.sunacrip.gob.ve and the platforms of the Banco de Venezuela through its BdV Empresas and Clavenet Personal products.
You will also need to use all bank safe deposit boxes as well as the Sunacrip duly authorized exchanges which you can find on the Superintendency portal.