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Cuyahoga County and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Partner to Fight Against Bitcoin ATM Scams

5/3/2021


Press Release
 
Date: April 27, 2021
 
Media Contact:
Devyn Giannetti, Cuyahoga County: (216) 225-9813; dgiannetti@cuyahogacounty.us
Vicki Anderson-Gregg, Federal Bureau of Investigation: (216) 522-1400; vagregg@fbi.gov  
 
Cuyahoga County and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Partner to Fight Against Bitcoin ATM Scams
 
Department of Consumer Affairs and FBI Encourage Stores to Post Bitcoin ATM Scam Alert Signs to Protect Customers from Fraud
 
CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH - The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) invite stores to join Scam Squad in fighting Bitcoin scams.
 
Scammers frequently pose as utilities, police or government agencies to scare people into sending bitcoin.
 
The Department of Consumer Affairs, in partnership with the FBI, is mailing the alert signs to stores that have Bitcoin ATMs.
 
"Scam Squad is trying to disrupt these scams by warning people—before their cash is gone for good,” said Sheryl Harris, Director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs.
 
Stores can help fight scams by displaying the Scam Squad alert signs in a noticeable place on or near the ATM.
 
“Education and prevention are the best tools to avoid being a victim of a financial scam,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bryan P. Smith. “Technology makes the world a much smaller place and fraudsters can be anywhere. It is imperative for consumers to verify financial transactions prior to sending money in any form, including virtual currency. Be financially safe, learn more before sending.”
 
Store owners or managers can request print or digital versions of the Scam Squad alert signs by calling the Scam Squad hotline at 216-443-SCAM (7226) or emailing consumeraffairs@cuyahogacounty.us.
 
The Cuyahoga County Scam Squad is a senior financial fraud task force made up of nonprofits, social service agencies that serve Older Adults and local, state and federal consumer protection and law enforcement agencies.
 
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About the Federal Bureau of Investigation:
The FBI is an intelligence-driven and threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities. It is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Justice and a full member of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend against intelligence threats, uphold and enforce criminal laws, and provide criminal justice services.
 
 
About Cuyahoga County:
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