Ticole Holt said she thought she was speaking with her friend on Instagram about investing in Bitcoin and following trusted instructions for how to invest her money. Last week, Holt said she learned the account was fake, but not before hackers stole $13,000 from her.
“It was real professional,” Holt said. “They sent me stuff to log in and watch the trade. Money was moving. It moved from one point to another. I could see all of that.”
Holt said hackers made it look like her investment was quickly paying off, first with more than $50,000 in her account. And in less than three hours, she believed she had made over $99,000. In her excitement, Holt said hackers told her to make a video to show her social media followers how much money she had received. Holt said as soon as she sent the video, her accounts had been drained, and her investments were gone.
The hackers still have access to her Instagram account, which Holt said has been used to get one of her family friends to also invest thousands of dollars and fall for the scam. Holt said she was recently able to delete her Facebook.
“I had invested thousands of dollars, thinking I was going to get this big return back. And in the end, it was a scam,” she said. “So what do I do…