A private investigator says his client was scammed of nearly 400,000 USD by a person claiming to be a Citizenship by Investment agent from Antigua and Barbuda. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATS APP GROUP FOR MORE UPDATES
Robert Smith says his client has contacted the 35 licensed agents provided by the official CIP website: https://cip.gov.ag/how-to-apply/licensed-agents/ to get information about the citizenship program.
He says his client asked the 35 agents if there was a possibility to pay for the citizenship in cryptocurrencies.
Smith says many of the agents said no but then his client later received a message from a personal email address which resembled that of one of the official CIP agents listed.
He says his client was not suspicious about the email since it contained the first name of one of the actual agents and since the conversion appeared to flow from an earlier conversation he had with a law firm/agent.
Smith says despite similarity in name he has no information that the law firm is linked to the fake agent “but we are investigating this detail.”
“The strategy was to invest into a Biorefinery company of Antigua and Barbuda the law firm, paying in Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH) the law firm and in exchange Mr. (redacted) would join an affidavit to the application to confirm my client had enough resources to proceed for citizenship to the CIP unit. He assured my client that he already did that in the past and the probability of success was high to get the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda.
A first set of payments was sent from August 19th 2021 to Mr. (redacted) for a total of 150,000 USD to this BTC address:
Following the payments, Mr (redacted) sent the AB1, AB2, AB3, AB4, AB5 and the L form to my client.
NOTE THAT THESE DOCUMENTS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR THE PUBLIC AND MUST BE PROVIDED BY A LICENSED AGENT FROM ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA ONLY
Mr. ( redacted) helped my client to fill the documents and after gathering all the justificatives, my client sent the documents by UPS on October 4th 2021 to Mr ( redacted) at this exact address:
(redacted) St John’s Antigua and Barbuda
The address was confirmed correct by (redacted) and corresponds to the address of the law firm ( redacted)
On April 6th 2022, ( redacted) has contacted my client for missing documents and pretending the CIP rules have changed for people paying in an alternative way than bank transfer. The email from CIP GOV AG case APP-11-21-4298 that Mr. ( redacted) received, was forwarded to my client to explain this change.
The total to invest was a minimum of 350,000 USD. At this stage, my client had already paid 150,000 USD the first time so my client sent on April 2022 the second set of payments (as required by Mr. John) for a total of 250,000 USD (50,000 USD more than required) to these two ETH addresses:
Mr. ( redacted) confirmed he received the payments.
The last missing documents were sent by my client on April 15th 2022, at the same address, without informing Mr. ( redacted). Mr. (redacted) confirmed to have received the last documents at the exact date of reception provided by UPS to my client.
Since the last payment provided by my client, Mr. (redacted) has never answered the messages sent by my client.
My client has tried to contact, by different email addresses, Mr. ( redacted), Mr. ( redacted), Mrs. ( redacted), and Mr. ( redacted) (all members of ( redacted) but without any answer from them.”
Monday 18th of this month, my client decided to call the law firm ( redacted) at this phone number: to ask for Mr. ( redacted)
By phone, Mr. ( redacted) identified himself and said to never had any contact with my client except for the first few messages sent by my client one year ago. Mr. ( redacted) explained to have never received any payment from my client and denied the address ( redacted) to be his email address.
At this stage, there is no evidence that Mr. ( redacted) from ( redacted) is the Mr. ( redacted) of ( redacted)
An investigation is under process to determine the real identity of ( redacted), linked with the ETH addresses sent to my client for the payments.
By analyzing the ETH block-chain we have noticed that 70 days ago, Mr. ( redacted) has transferred all the ETH from one of his wallet (0x04e0173f6f2e3790edbcac53a3722f3a8041e80a) to the Huobi marketplace. Huobi requires a strict KYC (Know Your Customer) to open an account. The police with a warrant would be able to ask the market exchange for the real identity of ( redacted)
The email address ( redacted) being a gmail address, a KYC is also required and the personal phone number of Mr. John might be known. Additionally, the signature on the UPS slip might give an additional proof of identity. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATS APP GROUP FOR MORE UPDATES
My client wishes to find his investment back and to reveal the identity of ( redacted) in order to stop his illegal activity.
I think, by contacting you, you also have a concern for the reputation of the CIP and for Antigua and Barbuda.
If you wish to collaborate or if you have any information concerning a similar case, I would be honored to gather the information in order to help the police to make their investigation (contact: [email protected]).