A teacher lost £ 9.000 after falling victim to a Bitcoin scam that promised to "double her investment" in Elon Musk's name.
Julie Bushnell, of Farnborough, Hampshire, lost thousands of pounds after visiting a fake BBC News website that claimed the billionaire was giving bitcoin as a "gift".
The website, which is made to look like BBC News, advertised that Mr. Musk had bought $ 1,5 billion in Bitcoin and was doubling people's cryptocurrency investments. Obviously Musk has nothing to do with any of this.
The teacher thought about taking advantage of the generosity of Tesla's eccentric CEO, but soon realized she was the victim of a fraud. The scammers were able to steal £ 9.000 from Mrs Bushnell, who revealed the effect the scam had on her.
The words of the English teacher
Speaking publicly for the first time since the incident, she said she was "ashamed and embarrassed", suffered from panic attacks and "cried and shivered" constantly. The news comes as cryptocurrency trading experts revealed that cryptocurrency-related "scams" have skyrocketed in 2021.
Mrs. Bushnell, who invests itself in cryptocurrency, was drawn to the website which looked similar to BBC News and which claimed that Mr. Musk, head of electric car company Tesla, would double Bitcoin's deposits.
She handed over £ 9.000, which she intended to use to deposit a house, but soon realized something was wrong. The teacher had frantically rushed to suspend her Lloyds account and all pending transactions, but it was already too late. She remained "crying and shaking" and spent hours scouring the web to see if there was a way to get her money back.
Suffers from constant panic attacks
The science teacher insists that he still thinks about his actions "every day" and wants to raise awareness to ensure that others do not fall victim to similar scams.
After being scammed, Ms. Bushnell decided to go public with her story to warn others. She told The Argus: “I stayed up all night searching the Internet for ways I could get this money back. I tried to sleep but couldn't because I had constant panic attacks and couldn't stop shaking. I feel depressed and don't know who to turn to or how I'm going to get over this horrible situation. I can't eat or sleep and keep crying as I work and run to the bathroom during the day, bursting with tears and ashamed of what happened ”.
In the first months of 2021 alone, scammers from the world of cryptocurrencies stole more than 13 million pounds from 5.600 victims. Ms Bushell reported this to the Sussex police.